Martial Arts Wisdom


Stances



Heisoku Dachi................Closed foot stance (feet together)
Musubi Dachi.................Formal attention stance (heels together, feet
                             at an angle)
Heiko Dachi..................Parallel stance (feet shoulder width apart)
Migi Heiko Dachi.............Right foot forward Heiko Dachi
Hachiji Dachi................Natural stance (feet shoulder width apart,
                             toes pointed slightly out)
Uchi Hachiji Dachi...........Natural stance with heels out and toes in
Shiko Dachi..................Straddle leg stance
Naname Shiko Dachi...........Diagonal straddle leg stance
Kiba Dachi...................Horse riding stance
Sanchin Dachi................Hourglass stance
Zenkutsu Dachi...............Front stance
Han Zenkutsu Dachi...........Half front stance
Fudo Dachi...................Free stance
Kokutsu Dachi................Back stance
Neko Ashi Dachi..............Cat foot stance
Renoji Dachi.................The letter "Re" stance (or "L" stance)
Sesan Dachi..................Side facing straddle stance
Sagiashi Dachi...............Heron stance
Bensoku Dachi................Cross-legged stance (also known as female horse
                             stance or Kosa Dachi)
Naihanchi Dachi..............Kiba Dachi with the heels out and toes in