The importance of posture in kendo cannot be explained that easily but I will try.
Before you proceed, please understand your goals and objectives of kendo.
The idea of a natural posture is called "shizentai", but not necessarily natural, and requires effort and attention to achieve.
We call it shizentai, that means a natural posture. But I am sure you don't feel its natural. It is an ideal posture but not natural. So you have to learn it and earn it. And then apply that to kendo. You should pay attention to your posture all the time, not only when you train kendo. Shizentai must become a part of you.
You can learn shizentai on page 28 in the book and the Kendo Basics I. Make sure you go over it.
The natural posture in kendo is not only a good posture but it is the posture so you can attack your opponent anytime you need to. That's that basic idea of the natural posture in kendo. Mind you, in kendo we only have one opponent right in front of us at a time. We don't have multiple enemies in kendo.
You need to stand tall and look confident. That is a good posture and will need to become your posture. Please look at the picture below. This is also under "Posture and Kiai" at the Kendo Guide for the Intermediate web course.
The illustration indicates two things; 1. Alignment, 2. Center of Gravity.
It is very easy to make a good posture, at least your upper body.
When you do this, you feel like your chest is sticking out too far, but it is not. When we try to have a “good posture”, we tend to stick our chest out and at the same time our stomach as well. That is not what we do here. We want to accomplish a good posture “naturally”.
If you have stiff shoulders and stiff neck because you have rolled your shoulders and stick your necks out for years. You might have to loosen up these muscles.
Please take this section very seriously. It is not only about kendo but it is about your health too. You see people with bad posture. It is not because their age but because they don’t care.
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