Taijutsu is the Japanese name for a set of various body motions and movements that constitute a specific style of martial arts. In order to learn taijutsu fighting and self-defence, you need to first start with the basic stances. Once you have learnt these stances, you can branch off into many different aspects of taijutsu with a solid foundation. You can easily learn and practice these stances at home without any prior training or special equipment.
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Stand with your left foot in front of you with your left toes pointing directly ahead. Your right foot should be in line with your body, with the toes pointing to your right.
Bend both of your knees slightly and adjust your feet until you are steady. Once you are comfortable, make sure your left toes point ahead and your right toes point to the right
Shift three-quarters of your weight to your back, right leg and straighten your back. Make sure your knees and toes are in directly in line.
Hold your left arm directly in front of you with your elbow bent downward. Your hand should have the fingers pointing up and to the right, with your palm facing you.
Ball your right hand into a fist and rest the fist on your left upper arm. Bend your right arm at the elbow and lay it horizontally.
Ichimonji no Kamae
Stand in the Ichimonji no Kamae stance but move your right foot out so it is just past your right shoulder. Adjust your posture so your back is straight.
Make both of your hands into fists. Your thumbs should be sticking up and out of the fists.
Bend both arms and cross them in front of you. The right hand should be closer to your body and the left hand further. Your lower arms should look like a letter X, with your fists pointing upward.
Jumonji no Kamae
Assume the Ichimonji no Kamae stance and adjust your weight distribution accordingly.
Lift your front, left foot up so that your knee is bent. Keep the majority of your weight on your back foot so that you don't lose your balance.
Place your left foot flat against your right lower leg. Point your left toes down and keep your leg bent.
Hold your arms in the same position as you do for the Ichimonji no Kamae stance.
Hicho no Kamae
Tips and warnings
- Perform your stances in front of a mirror so that you can see if any of your positioning requires improvement.
- Do not attempt to use these stances for self-defence purposes without undertaking the professional instruction of a full taijutsu course.
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