Jodan no Kamae (Upper level posture) Lift the Bo so that it is held above the head, with the rear hand above the crown of the head. The Bo is angled down and forwards. The balance of the body can be shifted from one foot to the other to allow distancing and balance to change.
Chudan no Kamae (Middle level posture) The Bo is placed under the armpit, with the rear arm over the top of the Bo holding it close to the body. The Bo is horizontal. The knees are bent. The body can be up right with the legs strait, or in Yoko Aruki. The arm hugs the Bo when it is underneath the armpit.
Gedan no Kamae (Low level posture) The Bo is slid from Seigan, through the hands, so they hold the top end of the Bo. The rear tip is on the floor. The hands are at the level of the belt. Variations of this are to lean forward and backwards, with the weight mainly on the rear or forward foot.
Ichimonji no Kamae (Single Line posture) Stand side on to the attacker. The Bo is held in both hands, across the waistline. The leg postures, position, and balance change depending on the terrain.
Hira Ichimonji no Kamae (Horizontal posture)
Stand with the feet shoulder width apart. The Bo is held in both hands in front of the body. Gedan is with the Bo across the waist, Chudan is with the Bo across the chest, Jodan is with the Bo from the face upwards. Even as much as holding the Bo high above the head.
Ihen no Kamae (Posture of change) Drop the Bo to the side of the body, with the rear hand at the side, but away from the ear. The Bo is angled down, but across to the front of the body. When the Bo is held as follows the same angle and line as the body. A henka is to do the kamae in complete reverse with the rear end down, and the front raised. The rear hand is by the Obi.
Seigan no Kamae (Correct eye posture) The rear hand drops to the level of the belt, and the Bo is angled upwards, with the front tip in the direction of Uke’s face. For this kamae the lead hand can be underneath rather than on top as it usually is.
Ten Chi no Kamae (Heaven, Earth posture) The Bo is held to the right side of the vertical. The right hand is palm flat against the Bo, at head height, and the left hand holds the Bo at belt level. As with the other kamae, as and when needed the legs can be placed in a variety of postures.
Heito no Kamae The Bo is pulled back to the central position, and is held at right angles across the back. This is a Suitemi Kamae