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Friday, May 29, 2009

Shiko Dachi 四股立ち(Horse Stance) and Zenkutsu Dachi 前屈立ち(Front Stance)

Horse Stance
Shiko-dachi (四股立, square stance, often called horse stance) Feet are wide and weight is central and low. The knees and buttocks should be of equal level. The back should be straight and the knees should be directly over the feet. The toes face out at about 45 degrees.

Front Stance From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Front stance, sometimes also called forward leaning stance or forward stance, is a basic stance used in Japanese and Korean martial arts. Although the specifics of the stance vary by style, overall it is visually similar to a lunge, with the forward leg bent at the knee, and the rear leg straight, while the hips and shoulders remain squarely facing forward. The purpose of the stance is to teach musculo-skeletal alignment that adds as much mass of the earth to a strike as possible. The stance allows a great deal of power generation forward, but very little in any other direction.
In Japanese martial arts, the front stance (前屈立ち ,zenkutsu-dachi?) is primarily practiced in karate and its variants. Some variations included the version practiced by Shotokan, where students generally place their feet much wider, while Isshin-ryū students place their feet shoulder width, but with much shallower length. Other variations are also practiced.

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