Proper Kamae, Harnessing the Power of Posture And Intent within Kobudo, with Mark Franco

Episode 5: When a Jinenkan and Bujinkan Instructor decide to have a conversation, it becomes a study on the nuances of Kamae. 

Discover what most students miss, and the incredibly important reasons you must study Kamae deeply in order to grow as a martial artist.

In this episode we focus on the concept of Kamae, or mental intention combined with body posture, in traditional Japanese Kobudo. Our guest, martial artist and Chinese medicine practitioner, Mark Franco, shares invaluable insights into the foundational importance of Kamae, its evolution, and the deep mastery required for its practice.

Join us as we explore the significance of posture and its application in martial arts training, delving into the complexities and nuances that shape the physical path for the traditional martial arts. So, grab your gi and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and enlightenment in the realm of Kamae.


  1. Understanding Posture vs. Stance: Mark Franco highlighted the nuanced difference between "posture" and "stance" in martial arts, emphasizing that posture is a natural alignment that becomes second nature through practice, as opposed to something one jumps into when fighting.
  2. The Evolution of Kamae: The episode explored how Kamae serves as the foundational building block in traditional martial arts training, focusing on body posture, alignment, emotional state, purpose, and intention. Mark emphasized the need to deeply understand the shapes and principles of one's martial arts system, citing Kamae as the foundational bricks of tradition.
  3. Commitment and Dedication: Both hosts stressed the importance of commitment, dedication, and continuous learning in martial arts, sharing experiences from their own journeys and acknowledging the challenges that come with sincere practice.
  4. Application in Practice: The discussion touched on the impact of proper positioning and correct intention in martial arts, emphasizing the role of Kamae in shaping timing and responses during practice.
  5. Shu ha ri in Traditional Martial Arts: The hosts discussed the concept of shu ha ri, emphasizing the importance of foundational commitment to the root and the evolution of techniques in traditional martial arts, including the role of Kamae in sequential development and training.



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