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Introduction


立方 Tachikata Description
並足立 Heisoku Dachi feet together
結立    Musubi Dachi Heel-to-heel
並行立 Heiko Dachi parallel stance, shoulder-width apart
八時立 Hachiji Dachi

Wide stance with toes pointed out

 

Note: "Hachi" in Japanese means eight and the stance looks like the Chinese Character for eight, "八".

内八時立 Uchi Hachiji Dachi Wide stance with toes pointed in
かけ足 Kake Ashi Hooked stance, forward foot turned out 90 degrees

前屈立

Zenkutsu

Dachi

Forward Stance (fwd70%, back30%)

後屈立

Kokutsu

Dachi

Back Stance (fwd30%, back70%)

 

 

Hankutsu

Dachi

Center Stance (50 - 50)

 

Renoji

Dachi

L Stance

 

Shizen Tai

Natural Stance

 

Neko Ashi

Dachi

Cat Leg Stance

 

Suri Ashi

Dachi

Sliding Stance (as in Maki Otoshi, and also performed by Uchidachi in Omote Tsubawari).

  Ti noji Dachi T Stance
  Tsu Komi Ashi Sliding Stance in which forward foot slides forward, while back foot remains planted (as in Chudan Yokogiri Dome).

 

For illustrations of other common Tachikata, stances, please refer to the following Shotokan Karate website:

 

http://www.keithgeyerkarate.com/tipshtml/stances.html

 

The stances listed above are not a comprehensive list, but are the stances used most often in Shindo Muso Ryu.  Below are illustrations of the basic stances taught to beginners.

 

 

Illustrations


     

Heisoku dachi                Musubi dachi                Heiko dachi                   Hachiji dachi

 

 

 
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