List of Karate Stances

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List of Karate Stances - Section supported by Karate books

In Karate, you will have to learn proper stances (i.e. front stance and back stance). These stances will be used in katas (i.e. Shotokan Karate katas) and for basic kicking techniques.

Stances by Karate Style - Videos & instructions for stances used by different Karate styles. Many styles use slightly different stances or have different stance names.

List of Common Karate Stances

  • Back Stance - Kokutsu Dachi
  • Cat Stance - Neko Dachi
  • Closed Leg Stance - Heisoku Dachi
  • Crossed Leg Stance - Kosa Dachi
  • Foundational Stance - Moto-Daichi
  • Front Stance - Zenkutsu Dachi
  • Half Moon Stance - Hangetsu Dachi
  • Horse Stance - Kiba Dachi
  • Hour Glass Stance - Sanchin Dachi
  • Immovable Stance - Fudo Dachi
  • Natural Stance - Shizentai
  • Open Leg Stance - Hachiji Dachi
  • Parellel Stance - Heiko Dachi
  • Ready Stance - Hachinoji Dachi
  • Muwatte - Not necessarily a stance but a foot movement used in turning between stances.

Karate Stances Taught By A Shotokan Karate Sensei

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