How to break the seiza/正座


Seiza is a formal style of seating (on your knees) common in Japan.

In Osada-ryu floorwork we distinguish between seiza/正座 and yokozuwari/横座り aka broken seiza (kuzushi seiza / 崩し正座).

This section explains the various methods to achieve elegant and graceful kuzushi seiza positions.

The Approach


The goal is connective tying where both rope partners wish for a deeply emotional session.

For this to happen start with a seating style that enables smooth ki energy () transfer from the rigger to the rope partner.

The rigger, while sitting cross-legged like a rock in the ocean will manipulate their rope partner (ukete, 受け手) to shift from the (strict) seiza position to a more graceful style.

This can be achieved through various means that induce voluntary movement without putting the partner under compulsion.

Remember, if you wish to engage your rope partner in a rope dialog be gentle. Never use force. Never put your partner under compulsion.

Practice humility.

Breaking Seiza From Behind

 
Yukimura method

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Taijutsu method

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Knee-roll method

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Breaking seiza from behind

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