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Kneeling kamae
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I've got a question for y'all... I was taught a "ready kneeling posture" that I was told was Suwari Gata no Kamae by my teacher back in the 80s. I've been digging around in my old training notes and came across it. I haven't really been able to find any other name for it. After a Google Search I came up with "Tatehiza" from Iaido. The explanation is as follows:

"Tatehiza is a "battle-ready" sitting position. It translates to "standing or raised knee". Iaido practictioners have a nice set of kata that start in tatehiza, but the resting position they use is not the same as the one used in Batto. Tatehiza was used by samurai in many situations, but the most common one was when traveling. You could rest - even sleep - in tatehiza, but still be able to move instantly to counter an attack. From tatehiza you can rise up, knee-walk out of the way (shikko), or roll in any direction, all while drawing your sword."

If anybody knows the Bujinkan term for this kamae, would you be kind enough to let me know? This has been bugging me for awhile.

Posted on: 2014/6/18 11:29
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Are you talking about kanza no kamae?

Posted on: 2014/7/2 23:35
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Hi Ron,

In fact what "we all" has been teached back in the 80's as Suwari Gata no Kamae, is in reality Hanza no Kamae. Tate Hiza is quite different.

Check this example: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ELVdUponX24 ... /Fudoza+und+Varianten.jpg

Suwari Waza is the generic name for techniques performed in the seated stance in traditional Japanese.

Hope it helps.

regards from Barcelona
Dani

Posted on: 2014/7/3 21:10
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plus...

suwari (suwaru) is to seat, hanza is han-seiza.
suwari is an action, hanza is an attitude (kamae)

cheers.

Posted on: 2014/7/11 20:49
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Thank you, Dani. That was very helpful.

I'm still finding stuff from back in the 80s when stuff "didn't have names." And the stuff that did have names, when I asked my teacher what the English translation was, he simply said, "It means 'It hurts'." lol



Posted on: 2014/7/11 22:30
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