Okinawan Karate and Kobudo Dojo

 

 

 

Stances

11 Basic Stances

 


Stance 1 (Heisoku-dachi)
Feet Together


Stance 2 (Musubi-dachi)
Rotate on Heels, Toes Pointing Out


Stance 3 (Heiko-dachi)
Rotate on Balls of Feet to Straight,
Feet Shoulder-width Apart


Stance 4 (Hachiji-dachi)
Rotate on Heels, Toes Slightly Pointed Out


Stance 5 (Naihanchi-dachi)
Rotate on Balls of Feet,
Knees Bent into Each Other


Stance 6 (Shiko-dachi)
Rotate on Heels, Toes Pointed Out,
Knees Bent, Weight Equally Distributed


Stance 7 (Kiba-dachi)
Horse Riding Stance


Stance 8 (Zenkutsu-dachi)
Rotate Right Foot Close to Body, then
Out to the Right at an Angle,
Weight is on the Left Leg,
One Shoulder-wide and Two Shoulders-long


Stance 9 (Hachimunju-dachi)
Rotate Right Foot to Straight Out,
Both Knees Bent,
Weight Equally Distributed

Stance 10 (Nekoashi-dachi)
Right Foot Comes in to the Center, then
Out in Front with Just the Ball of the Foot on the Floor,
Left has the Weight and Knee is Bent


Stance 11 (Shizentai-dachi)
Left Foot Comes in to the Center, then
Out in Front, Feet Shoulder-width Apart,
In a Natural Stance