Stances


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fudo dachi

rooted stance, see also sochin dachi (weight distribution 50:50)





gankaku dachi

crane leg stance - see also tsuru ashi dachi (weight distribution 100:0)





hachiji dachi

open leg stance - heels together, toes pointing out (weight distribution 50:50)

hangetsu dachi

half-moon stance, or wide hour-glass stance (weight distribution 50:50)





heiko dachi

parallel stance - feet are facing forwards (weight distribution 50:50)



heisoku dachi

informal attention stance - feet completely together (weight distribution 50:50)



jiyu dachi

freestyle stance (weight distribution 50:50)





kiba dachi

straddle stance, also known as Horse Riding stance (weight distribution 50:50)





kokutsu dachi

back stance (weight distribution 70:30)





kosa dachi

crossed feet stance, as in Heian Yondan at the first kiai (weight distribution 90 front:10 rear)





musubi dachi

attention stance - heels placed together but toes turned out at 45 degrees (weight distribution 50:50)



neko ashi dachi

cat foot stance (weight distribution 90:10)





renoji dachi

L stance (weight distribution 50:50)





sanchin dachi

hour glass stance (weight distribution 50:50)





shiko dachi

square stance (weight distribution 50:50)





shizen tai dachi

natural stance or position. The body remains relaxed but alert. This is a group of stances, eg. musubi dachi, heisoku dachi, heiko dachi

sochin dachi

rooted stance, see fudo dachi (weight distribution 50:50)

teiji dachi

T stance (weight distribution 50:50)





tsuru ashi dachi

crane leg stance - see also gankaku dachi (weight distribution 100:0)

uchi hachiji dachi

inverted open leg stance - feet facing inwards (weight distribution 50:50)



yoi

ready stance - from the shizen-tai group of natural stances. Very similar to heiko dachi but feet should be turned slightly inwards (weight distribution 50:50)



zenkutsu dachi

forward stance. The actual translation means 'front knee bent stance' (weight distribution 70 front:30 rear)