Do you have a good posture? Yes? Great! But what is the good posture? I recently had an opportunity to re-think about the correct posture. And I remembered something that Musashi Miyamoto says in his book, “The Book of Five Rings”.
I would like to share that with you.
In kendo we learn shizentai, the natural posture. The natural posture is the posture you can move when necessary. That means you shouldn’t be tensed up and cannot move at all when you need to.
So what does the big man, Musashi Miyamoto says about the correct posture?
I would like to translate what he says about the correct posture from “The Book of Five Rings”.
Mind you one thing, though. The Book of Five Rings was written in the old Japanese language so it has to be translated into the modern Japanese language first. So I checked three books on the Book of Five Rings that I owned and googled to see if there were some different translations on the posture.
And the conclusion is that they are pretty much the same. Of course, some are a slightly different but not too much. So let’s trust these translations.
Well, here comes the English translation.
Musashi concludes this part as followed.
After all, our ordinary posture should be the same as the posture in fight and our fighting posture should be the same as our ordinary posture. This must be studied thoroughly.
Yeah, funny, isn’t it? I agree with you. This is very hard to translate not because the old Japanese was too difficult but it is the vagueness of Japanese language.
I translated it literally. It says, “Keep the nose straight”. So what is it?
OK. In No.11, it says keep your face calm. One book translated that part as “keep your face beautiful” and the other one says “Keep your face calm”. I chose to use the latter. I also researched the meaning of the Japanese word. I concluded that “calm” is the best fit here.
So considering that you have to keep your face calm, “keeping the nose straight” means that you should not make any facial expressions. If you move your face a bit, you can tell your nose can move as well.
Also imagine those fashion models. When they walk on runway, they look elegant unless they make some faces.
So I conclude,
Keep your face calm and nose straight equals look elegant.
2. Relax and
3. Look elegant
They will help you to look good and fight good.