List of Goju Ryu Stances

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List of Goju Ryu Stances

This page provides details about the different stances used in Goju-Ryu Karate. These stances are used in kata, sparring, training, etc. One of the key stances associated with Goju-Ryu is Sanchin Dachi (Hour Glass Stance).

If you are looking for other stances (i.e. Shotokan), please visit the main Martial Arts Stances section.

Goju-Ryu Stances

  • Fudo dachi - Free stance or sumo stance (Americanized description)
  • Hachiji dachi - Natural or open leg stance
  • Han zenkutsu dachi - Half front stance
  • Heiko dachi - Parallel stance
  • Heisoku dachi - Closed foot or blocked foot stance
  • Kiba dachi - Horse riding stance
  • Kosa dachi - Crossed leg or scissor stance (Americanized description)
  • Kokutsu dachi - Back stance
  • Musubi dachi - Formal attention stance
  • Neko ashi dachi - Cat foot stance
  • Renoji dachi - Letter “Re” stance
  • Saga ashi dachi - Heron stance
  • Sanchin dachi - Hourglass stance
  • Sesan dachi - Side facing straddle stance
  • Shiko dachi - Square stance
  • Teiji stance - T-shaped stance
  • Zenkutsu dachi - Front stance

Demonstration Video of Goju-Ryu Stances

Goju-Ryu Stances (Foot Positions) - Courtesy of New Forest Martial Arts
Click on the picture for a larger image of the stances


Reference Sources

  1. I.O.G.K.F. Spain, Standing,, Added - 02/02/15
  2. Goju-Ryu Stances (Foot Positions) image kindly provided by New Forest Martial Arts,, Added - 02/03/15

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