Seiza

Kneeling position, with outstretched or raised toes; the term is also used for sitting down.

An upright but relaxed posture is typical for seiza - it speaks of the kneeling person's attentive mind.

During meditation or while watching the teacher's presentation, the toes are usually flat on the ground. When engaged in suwari-waza techniques or ukemi, the person in seiza is usually raised on their toes.

Seiza as a sitting-down movement is praticed to improve balance, posture and focus.

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