Kamae - Take the Battle Stance

The samurai is always taught, “Test your armor, but only test the front.”

We all face battles, attacks, from the inside and the outside. Yet, very few admit it and most prefer to either ignore the attacks or just take them lying down.

The samurai way is to recognise that one is being attacked and then to take the battle stance,


She faces the opponent, inner or outer, and holds the stance until the time is right to strike.

Do not ignore battles, or let them beat you to a pulp. Face forward, and get ready, you have what it takes.

Get skin in the game.


PS: I’m reading various samurai writings at the moment, along with fighting to win, a book I can highly recommend.