Basic Karate Stances





Introduction: Basic Karate Stances

There is a lot more to these stances than it looks, but I hope I can give you a basic understanding of the basic stances.

below is how you stand at attention. You should be perfectly still.

Step 1: Front Stance (zenkutsu Dachi)

Start with your feet shoulder with apart. then bend your front knee and push your back leg back (duh)
(picture 1, and 2)

For a left front stance, push your right leg back and keep your front leg bent and stationary.

For a right front stance, push you left leg back and keep your front leg bent and stationary.

Always bend your front knee until you can't see your toes. Your back leg should be as straight as you can get it. Your back foot should face forward as much as you can get it.

Step 2: Back Stance( Kokutsu Dachi)

- turn feet 90 degrees.

- bend knees-deep

- step out with front foot

- you should have about 70 percent of your wait on your back leg, and 30 on your front leg. someone should be able to sweep your front leg, and you should not fall down.

- right back stance, left foot is forward, right foot is back. left back stance, right foot forward, left foot back.

- don't step forward into the stance. drop down and push your front foot forward.

Step 3: Horse Riding Stance ( Kebu Dachi)

- start by standing at attention.

- with your right foot, step out to the side a little more than shoulder width apart.

- your feet should be facing in, your little toes should be facing forward.

- push your knees out to the sides.

- bend your knees.

- traditionally, you were supposed touch calves.

- try holding this stance for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Step 4: These Are Basic Steps

these stances are more complicated than i showed, but it does show you enough to practice a little bit

good luck



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     Beside that it is up to code and i would say all in all a feature worthy instructable

     that is most definitely not how to do a back stance you might do amarikick or 
    some other fo-rate but in traditional karate dojo you would learn that in back stance you keep your front leg straight.

    Why did you leave out fudu dachi, that's the most usable in combat. Anyway nice Instructable.

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    I was just giving the key stances. Eventually, I will do some more complex stances. In practice, for just doing katas and/or line drills, you should use the key stances. When doing practice fighting, for example, you would use the more complex stances. Thanks for commenting, ><> creator 1

    why do you do stuff to hurt people. I BELIEVE IN WORLD PEACE. peace to you all

    IIRC, In Shotokan the spine is held straight - the tailbone tucked under so that the abdominal muscles can be firm, and the back leg is as straight as possible consistent with that. I bring this up because from what I've seen of Tai Kwon Do, they keep the back leg completely straight, which causes the lower spine to be arched, and I can't see how they could possibly get any significant support from the lower abdomen with that arch.

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    Tae Kwon Do stances do require the spine to be held straight. The back leg is not held completely straight. This would require the martial artist to relax the leg before any technique, a very inefficient way of performing any technique. Please remember that most "hard" martial arts are very related to each other. There are only subtle differences between them. The stances here are really the same in TKD with the exception that the TKD stances tend to not be as wide. Other than that they are essentially the same. The only arts that are very different are the "soft" martial arts such as Judo, Jujitsu, Akido, Hapkido, Tae Chi and wrestling when compared to the "hard" martial arts like Karate, TKD, Kung Fu, Boxing. The difference is that "soft" arts use the opponents aggressive force against them and the "hard" arts block that force and give the same force back to the opponent. A true master of martial arts will show high skill in both of these general areas and know when either works best and thus have "balance".

    I'll make no pretense at any expertise in Tae Kwon Do, but the pictures I've seen of practitioners in the front stance have the rear leg significantly straighter than I've ever seen practiced or taught in Shotokan.

    E.g.: How to Assume a Front Stance in Tae Kwon Do

    The person in that picture had a straight leg. Maybe I could try to do more that type of stance. Thanks for the info. creator 1

    I'd always thought the Shotokan stance made more sense, with the back leg slightly bent. It's the connections in the torso that matter, really.

    It sounds a little harder than what I do, but holding stances for long periods of time does become tiresome. Also, the picture I have above( front stance picture 2) my gi was sticking out a little on my back, but as a whole, I try to have a straight back. Obviously, I am not perfect, but I try as hard as I can. Thanks for commenting, creator 1