High School for Leadership & Public Service Ueshiro Karate
TOTW Sitting, Standing, and Walking
"When walking just walk, when sitting just sit, above all
To this quote I would like to add, "When standing just stand."
week I would like you to think about proper etiquette when sitting
standing, in addition to a few thoughts on walking.
During any karate function whether it be when sitting at the beginning
or end of class, during a promotion, doshikai, or end of year
karate practitioners should sit in either Seiza (kneeling sitting)
Anza (cross-leg sitting). The only exception would be if you are
injured. Otherwise we should sit in one of these two fashions
and do it
with Fudo (posture and attitude, immutability). As Hanshi often
tall and touch
the top of your head to the ceiling with your shoulders down.
Sitting for long periods of time can be uncomfortable for many
Suggestions on how to get through these marathon events include
switching between these two postures and changing which leg is
when sitting Anza. We should try to change our sitting position
will draw the least attention from others. This would be in between
kata when someone is on the spot when you are a spectator. We
want to distract the person performing. Additionally, it would
between speakers when sitting in a circle with a group. If you
stretch out your legs, do it briefly and then resume sitting one
these two ways. We should not play with our feet or leave our
stretched out in front of us.
When standing during karate (for instance, when listening to our
or observing other students doing kata), we should stand in one
ways unless told otherwise. These two stances are Kio-tsuke (attention
position; see Red Book table of contents page) and Kamaekata -
Sotohachiji Shizentai-dachi (ready stance and Yoi position for
kata; see page 71 in the Red book). We should be standing relaxed,
again with Fudo. Our eyes should be fixed straight ahead unless
observing someone demonstrating kata or a technique correction.
When walking in Shizentai-dachi again be sure to demonstrate Fudo
lead with the belly. Try to take the arch out of your lower back.
sure the head is balanced over the body.
Lastly, it is important for the higher ranks to show the lower
way by demonstrating proper etiquette regarding these techniques.
must try our best not to fidget and show proper courtesy in this
If you sit, stand, and walk tall you are less likely to be a target.
fact, you will be fully prepared for anything.