Kamae is really a state of balance from which you can, ideally, move in any direction without wasted movement or energy
While true, very true, for most it is merely words spoken, as an ideal. They are as far away from the practical, trained reality of it as your average grade school violin player is from Carnigie hall.
Kamae, is kuzushi is tuskuri, is kake. The trained body that makes and retains central equilibrium in Kamae is also the one that creates Kuzushi, tsukuri and kake on contact. They are intertwined as a state of being. In fact the former is what was supposed to make the later. But that is still nothing more than words to most folks.
Many here-who have trained with the highest level shihan in the country- have written in that this method we have been discussing once they felt it, was entirely out of their field of knowledge and experience. What does that say? That it is indeed NOT common and not well known. So it leaves one to wonder as to what era was it truly known, and or ever.....widely...known. In other words at what point was this knowledge ever truly as common in Asia as some have suggested. If it were then why did men who went on these solo mountain retreats and returned with power written about as "un-usual"? And that bring up another point. Why is it that in a culture "supposedly" rife with this "knowlege" was it not ever written specifically about it? Was it so common that it was assumed everyone knew it? Some how I doubt that were ever true. Instead there is only obscure refference material to mount ascetics with power, or to the "occasional" martial masters solo pursuits that we keep reading about-yet oh so few ever truly get off their own well padded backsides to pursue..
The good news is that it can indeed be learned by anyone who will actually......do the work and not just say they are.
As our young violin player above.
When in N.Y on one rainy night asked a cab driver "Can you tell me how to get to Carnigie hall?" He looked down at her violin case and said. "Practice, practice, practice."