Samurai Knee Walking

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Samurai knee walking is easy with these tips, get expert advice on samurai techniques in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Tom Cohen. I'm chief instructor at Makoto Dojo in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thank you for joining us. We are here to demonstrate a variety of techniques from the samurai perspective to gain better understanding of modern techniques. Please visit our website at This clip will demonstrate basic bowing, seated position, and knee walking or shiko. Samurai were not allowed to be at the same height as the emperor, and so most technique was derived from seiza, or seated positions. Two fists would be between the knees and the weight is in a triangle, with the majority of the weight back on the heel, as the center. When bowing, it was important not to have your eyes at the same level as the emperor, and not to have weight in the front of the hands so as to lose your balance. At this point there's no weight in my hands. For shiko, or knee walking, as you bring one knee up, moving from your center, the other foot will move behind you, and you switch as you bring this knee down.


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