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Stances (the word "tachi" & "dachi" has same meaning)

Of primary importance to the successful performance of karate is learning the correct stances. Below is a list of the Kyokushin karate stances.

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Heisoku dachi Closed foot stance
Musubi dachiOpen Foot (connected) Stance / Toes open & heels together
Soto hachiji dachiOuter figure 8 stance
Moro ashi dachiOne Foot Forward (two-foot) Stance / Two legged parallel stance
Kokutsu dachiBack leaning stance
Kake ashi dachiCross legs stance
Kiba dachi HorseBack riding stance
Tsuri ashi dachiCrane stance
Heiko dachiParallel stance
Uchi hachiji dachiInner figure 8 stance
Yoi Dachi / ShizentaiReady Stance
Fudo dachiImmobile stance
Sanchin dachiThree battles stance, three point stance, hour glass stance, etc
Neko ashi dachiCat stance
Zenkutsu dachiForward leaning stance
Shiko dachiSumo stance
Kumite DachiFighting Stance


Courtesy Kyokushinshrine


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