Hi, I am currently looking for an intructor somewhere near me (or far if I have too). However I have procured a couple of books that discuss some of the basics within the martial art, so that I can atleast attempt to learn a few simple things before I find an instructor. I decided it would be alright to attempt to learn some kamae, seeing as they don't SEEM to require TOO much instruction (I could of course be completely wrong and I realize that). Anyway, I have been including some kamae into my morning stretching / wakeup routine. Right now I am only doing Seiza No Kamae, Fudoza No Kamae, Shizen No Kamae, and Ichimonji No Kamae (both Gyokko Ryu and Togakure Ryu). I have been having problems however, in performing Fudoza No Kamae. I'm not sure what it is, but I can't seem to manage finding a comfortable position in it. Is it supposed to be uncomfortable in the beginning, and progressivly become less so? My heels dig into my butt ha, and it can be pretty unpleasent. Am I doing something wrong? Or do I just need to persist? I hold each kamae for five minutes, and I cannot do Fudoza No Kamae for that long because of the above. Also, it does get difficult toward the end of the five minutes for me to hold Ichimoji No Kamae, I assume this is natural and I just need to build my endurance, however if it shouldn't be uncomfortable and it sounds like I am doing something wrong I would love to hear it ha. It is not uncomfortable period, just towards the end of holding it for five minutes. I know I need to get an instructor ASAP, however I am just trying to do a little bit on my own before hand. I appreciate any advice. Thank you.