Shotokan Karate Basic Shotokan Stances

Heisoku-dachi – informal attention stanceheisoku dachi

Heisoku-dachi (informal attention stance). Feet and heels together, arms straight, hands open and placed against the thighs, at the side of the body. Make sure the hands are straight, with the thumbs bent.

Karate dojo use Heisoku-dachi (Feet together), or Musubi-dachi (Heels together, feet turned out), before a particular karate exercise is started.

Musubi-dachi – informal attention stance,feet turned out. musubi dachi

musubi-dachi (informal attention stance). Heels together, but feet turned out. Arms straight, hands open and placed against the thighs, at the side of the body. Make sure the hands are straight, with the thumbs bent.

Karate dojo use Musubi-dachi (Heels together, feet turned out) or Heisoku-dachi (Feet together), before a particular karate exercise is started.

 

Heiko-dachi – parallel stanceheiko dachi

In Heiko-dachi, the feet are approximately shoulder width, outside edges of the feet are parallel. This is also a basic ready stance in Karate.

Shizen-tai or Yoi Dachi – natural position

Shizen-tai or yoi dachi translates as “natural stance” (literally, ‘natural body,’ or ‘natural body stance’). In Shizen-tai, the feet are shoulder width apart, toes pointing forward. The karateka stands up straight, facing forward. While in Shizen-tai, the karateka is usually in the yoi (ready) position, arms slightly in front of the thighs, fists clenched.

In some karate styles, shizen-tai is the same as heiko-dachi.

 

Hachiji-dachi – open-leg stance (feet turned out 5 Degrees)

Here at karateclassesonline we practice hachiji-dachi the same as shizen-tai, yoi dachi and heiko-dachi.

Hachiji dachi is a stance used in karate. In English, hachiji roughly translates to “the character for eight,” but in context means something more like “shaped like number eight.” Note that this refers to the shape of the kanji for the number eight:, not the arabic numeral “8”. Dachi, the pronunciation of tachi when the word is second in a compound, translates to “stance,” referring specifically to the body’s position from the waist down. The term “hachiji dachi” is frequently used interchangeably with “shizentai”, or “shizentai dachi”, which translates to “natural stance” (literally, ‘natural body,’ or ‘natural body stance’). In most styles, shizentai¬† is identical to hachiji dachi. From¬† Wikipedia

Zenkutsu-dachi – front stance

zenkutsu dachi

 

 

 

 

 

Kokutsu-dachi – back stance

kokutsu dachi

 

 

 

 

Kiba-dachi – straddle-leg stance

kiba dachi

 

 

 

 

Shiko-dachi – square stance

Shiko-dachi is very similar to kiba-dachi, but with the toes turned out and knees pushing back.
Fudo-dachi – rooted stance

fudo dachi 2

 

 

 

 

Neko-ashi-dachi – cat stance

neko ashi dachi 2

 

 

 

 

Sanchin-dachi – hour-glass stance

sanchin dachi

 

 

 

 

Hangetsu-dachi – half-moon stance

hangetsu dachi

 

 

 

 

Teiji-dachi – T stance

Renoji-dachi – L stance

kcoadmin says:

Hi Justin, Fudo dachi and Sanchin dachi are used in several black belt kata. Sochin is a black belt kata which has many fudo dachi throughout the kata. Sanchin dachi is used in the black belt kata Nijushiho and Unsu.
Ossu
Linden

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