List of Wado-Ryu Stances

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List of Wado-Ryu Stances

This page provides details about the different stances used in Wado-Ryu Karate. These stances are used in kata, sparring, training, etc. In contrast to longer and deeper Shotokan stances, Wado-Ryu stances are closer and more "natural".

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

Wado-Ryu Stances - Click on stance links for videos and instructions.

  • Chinto dachi - Chinto stance
  • Fudo dachi - Free stance
  • Gankaku dachi (or Sagi ashi dachi) - Crane or heron stance
  • Gyaku neko ashi dachi - Reverse cat stance
  • Gyaku zuki dachi - Reverse punch stance
  • Gyaku zuki tsukkomi dachi - Reverse lunge stance
  • Hachiji dachi - Ready stance
  • Hangetsu dachi - Half-Moon stance
  • Hanmi neko ashi dachi - Half turned cat stance
  • Heiko dachi - Parallel stance
  • Heisoku dachi - Narrow or closed stance
  • Jun zuki dachi - Front punch or jab stance
  • Jun zuki tsukkomi dachi - Front lunge punch stannce
  • Kiba dachi - Horse riding stance (Feet shoulder width apart, toes pointed slightly in, knees bent and buttox pulled under slightly)
  • Kokutsu dachi - Back stance
  • Kosa dachi - Crossed leg stance
  • Musubi dachi - Attention stance
  • Naifanchi dachi - Modified horse stance
  • Neko ashi dachi - Cat stance (about 80% weight on back foot, should be able to raise front leg for kick or dodge kick easily)
  • No tsukomi dachi - Forward lunging stance
  • Reinoji dachi - L stance
  • Sagi ashi dachi (or Gankaku dachi) - Crane or heron stance (Really only use in Chinto Kata)
  • Sanchin dachi - Hour-glass stance (Used in place of Zenkutsu dachi, Shorter stance, toes pointing to center of opponent to direct power, also helps with hip and shoulder movement for punches)
  • Seisan dachi - Seisan stance
  • Shiko dachi - Sumo stance
  • Shizentai dachi - Natural stance
  • Shomen neko ashi dachi - Forward facing cat stance
  • Tate seisan dachi - Vertical seisan stance
  • Teiji dachi - T stance
  • Yoi dachi - Ready stance (Hands in front of body in ready possition, should be nice and relaxed ready for next drill ect)
  • Yoko seisan dachi - Side seisan stance
  • Zenkutsu dachi - Forward or front stance

Reference Sources

  1. US Eastern Wado-Ryu Karate Federation, Terminology,, Added - 02/11/15
  2. All Anglia Karate Association, Beginner Stances,, Added - 02/11/15
  3. Wado-Ryu Karate, Glossary,, Added - 02/11/15
  4. Welland Martial Arts Centre, Wado-Kai Karate Terminology,, Added - 02/11/15

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