by Len McKee (3rd kyu)
This month I learned, discovered or was reminded that hanmi is a state of equilibrium for both the mind and the body. In hanmi, the body is balanced over the feet, firmly rooted to the ground, not so close as to trip over each other yet not so far apart that you can be knocked over easily. The feet are in a position that will allow you to blend with whatever uke may do – moving forward, backwards, diagonally or from side to side, however slight or large the movement. The mind is focused, equally aware of all that surrounds you, You feel and project calm, relaxation and stability, neutralizing aggression in your own mind and the mind of your partner. This creates a positive, not confrontational, feeling. Paying attention to hanmi also minimizes opening up to an attack. All techniques, begin and end with hanmi.