Whenever I teach a student, particularly an advanced student, I find myself giving the same old posture advice:
- Lower your shoulders
- Keep your head straight (ears in line with your shoulders)
- Tuck your koshi (press out the curve in your lower back)
- Slightly bend your knees.
- Place the weight in the center of your feet (not on the balls and not on the heels, but in the middle).
The funny thing is that when we do this, we look a little like Goju-Ryu students!
But please pay attention to this advice. Whatever your style may be, without proper posture (as defined in your style), proper movement is very difficult, if not impossible. Without proper posture, your body will be constantly fighting itself.
Charles C. Goodin