Lats: With continued practice and incorporation of proper posture, you’ll discover that your shoulder and lats will be activated in your playing. It is at this stage when your bachi strike evolves from a concentrated one-motion wrist rotation (Beginning stage) to a whip-like fluidity from your lats to the tip of your thumb. Such full-arm involvement dramatically improves power consistency and articulation of technique-filled phrases. It also requires complete relaxation in your arm for the power to move efficiently.

To reach this level of fluidity, we must take posture seriously.