Hoko no Kamae

English name Encircling Recieving Posture

This is from the Kata Koto Moto Gata

This is from the Ryu Ha Koto Ryu Ninjutsu

Hoko no kamae (Encircling Receiving Posture)

From Hira no Kamae, step forwards slightly with your left foot and keep your body very upright - raise your arms up slightly above your head in Shuto with the palms of your hands facing towards you -your hands are about 6 inches in front of and slightly higher than your head (imagine that you are holding a large ball - this will give you the correct feeling of how to stand in Hoko). Head faces forwards. You should feel that you are able to leap in at any point with this Kamae.

Kuden - Stare into the Ukes eyes with a feeling of either repelling an attack from any directions, or of hugging in and of crushing.

Hoko no kamae (Encircling Receiving Posture) (2 kata)

Depending on the distance of the attack, when you receive, you may also step in (the written technique is to step back) - use your own judgement for each individual situation.

Soni Ichi (Number 1)

You are in Hoko no Kamae (left foot forward). The Uke is in Seigan no Kamae (left foot forward). The Uke punches with a right Fudo Ken to your face. Step slightly back with the right foot and sink down. Receive the punch with your left forearm at the Ukes elbow and rise up/push up to take the Ukes balance and step forwards with the left foot and strike to the Ukes neck with Omote Shuto. Zanshin.

Do this on both sides.

Soni Ni (Number 2)

You are in Hoko no Kamae (left foot forward). The Uke is in Seigan no Kamae (left foot forward). The Uke punches with a right Fudo Ken to your face. Step slightly back with the right foot and sink down. Receive the punch with your left forearm at the Ukes elbow and rise up/push up to take the Ukes balance and step forwards with the left foot and strike to either Butsumetsu or Kimon with a right Fudo Ken. Zanshin.

Do this on both sides.

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