These are the stances used at our dojo in alphabetical order:

Heiko Dachi

Pronounced (Hey-koe Dah-chee). Natural Stance. Toes point forward, feet shoulder width apart, weight equally balanced.

Musubi Dachi

Pronounced (Moo-soo-bee Dah-chee). Attention Stance. Heels together, toes out at about 60 degrees. Used at the beginning of class and in between exercises.

Neko Ashi Dachi

Pronounced (Neck-oh Ahsh-ee Dah-chee) Cat Stance.

Starting in Musubi Dachi, heels together, toes at 45 degree angle, move one foot straight out about a shoulder width, both legs bent, front foot has heel up, ball of foot on floor, toes bent. 80% of your weight is on the back leg.

Sanchin Dachi

Pronounced (Sahn-chin Dah-chee) Hourglass Stance. Feet shoulder width apart; toes turned in; heel of front foot lines up with toes of back foot; knees pushed in while thighs push out. Rooted, grounded. Used during kata and bunkai.

Shiko Dachi

Pronounced (Shee-ko Dah-chee) Horse Stance.

Knees bent, low stance, toes are out, feet are either shoulder width apart or, more often, placed on a 45 degree angle from one another.

Zenkutsu Dachi

Pronounced (Zen-koot-zu Dah-chee) Front Stance.

Feet slightly wider than shoulder width; feet pointed forward;  front foot one and 1/2 steps in front of rear foot, knee bent directly over font foot, rear foot straight but not locked. Back straight, hips pushed forward. 70% of weight is on front foot.


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