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