Stances

dachi: stance

heisoku-dachi: formal attention stance ( heels and big toes touching)

kokutsu-dachi: back stance (legs about shoulder-width apart side-to-side, and two shoulder widths front-to-back. Most weight on back foot, back and front legs slightly bent. Front heel and big toe make a line with the back heel)

mosubi-dachi: informal attention stance (heels touching, feet make a `V’ shape.

kiba-dachi: `horse riding’ stance (feet two shoulder-widths apart and parallel, knees bent)

neko-ashi-dachi: cat stance (literally `cat foot stance’)

shizentai: natural stance (e.g, attention stance)

zenkutsu-dachi: Front stance (legs about shoulder-width apart side-to-side, and two shoulder widths front-to-back. Front leg bent so that knee is approximately over toes of front foot.

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