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What is the meaning of Zenkutsu Dachi?

What is the meaning of Zenkutsu Dachi?

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Zenkutsu-dachi (前屈立, forward stance) This is a long frontal stance where the weight is mostly on the front leg. It has exactly the same height as shiko-dachi, but the rear leg is completely straight at the knee and extended back.

What is Neko Ashi Dachi?

The cat stance, or ‘neko ashi dachi’ in Japanese, is one of the hardest stances in Karate. It can often feel shaky, awkward and frail.

How do you make Shiko-Dachi?


  1. To reach Shiko-dachi, position your feet side-by-side two shoulder-width apart, and turn your toes outwards so that the OUTSIDE of each foot is at 45 degrees.
  2. Your weight should be evenly distributed between your legs.
  3. Now lower your weight so that your knees are bent almost to a right-angle.

What is the easiest basic stance in Karate?

Hachiji-dachi (八字立, natural stance, literally “stand like the character 八”) The feet are shoulder width apart, toes open at 45 degrees. Sometimes this stance is called soto-hachiji-dachi (外八字立). This is the basic ready stance in Karate.

What is the Japanese term for feet movement?

脚捌き Ashi Sabaki (Foot Work) Japanese Term English.

What is Heiko Dachi?

Heiko dachi is the stance karate go into when making the Yoi (ready position). Shizen-tai or yoi dachi also translate as “natural stance” (literally, ‘natural body,’ or ‘natural body stance’).

What does Heiko Dachi mean?

Definition: This is known as the “natural stance” in a kata where a karateka’s feet are approximately shoulder width apart and the other edges of their feet are parallel.

What is Crane stance in Taekwondo?

According to the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, the Taekwondo crane stance is a “stance of lowering one knee, while lifting up the other foot to place its inside edge near the inside edge of the knee or the crook of the knee (or the inner knee).

How many degrees should your feet turn in Kokutsu Dachi?

Kōkutsu-dachi (後屈立, back long stance) The rear foot is turned 90 degrees to the side. The body is turned 90 degrees or more away, except for the head which looks to the front. Kokutsu-dachi is a great defensive stance because of the amount of energy stored in the rear leg, ready for a counter-attack.

What is the difference between kiba-dachi and Shiko Dachi?

Whilst shiko-dachi is a stance/position for application just as kiba-dachi is, kiba-dachi is representative of something more: an attack with sokuto (the sword foot, which comprises of the outside edges of the feet.