Newville Scorpions Isshinryu Karate

 

In the martial arts, students are taught very specific stances, or body positions. 

           These Dachi “stances” are important for balance and mobility.  Each Dachi has a strict weight ratio that the student must settle their body weight into for the Dachi to be most effective.  About half of the Dachi are 50-50 weight distribution, meaning that the student’s weight is settled evenly on both legs. 

However, half of the stances are intentionally not even, because it is more difficult to move one’s body out of a 50-50 stance (one has to shift one’s weight before they can move either foot from a 50-50 Dachi.)  In different Dachi, students are also taught where to point  their toes and how to grip the floor with their toes (for power).  

There are many other dachi used in martial art styles, howerver the dachi below are the most used stances in the IsshinRyu classical kata. Students will only learn these stances in an IsshinRyu karate class. Each student is responsible to know the dachi names, positions & weight ratio.

(** = where your fists are suppose to be)

 

Dachi

(Stances)

 

Feet Position

Wt.ratio: Left ft.

Wt. ratio: Right ft.

 

Heiko

 

|   |

50%

50%

 

Sanchin

 

   \

           /

50%

50%

 

Seisan

 

             |

       |

50%

50%

 

Seiunchin

 

\          /

50%

50%

 

Naihanchi

 

/    \

50%

50%

 

Musubi

 

\/

50%

50%

 

Neko ashi

(cat stance)

 

|

   /

10%

90%

 

T-Stance

 

 

|

__

 

10%

90%

 

Tsuro no iwa (crane)

 

__

 

|

10%

90%

 

Zenkutsu

 

**  \      \

70%

30%

 

Kotutsu

 

\      \   **

70%

30%

 

Soba Geri

 

\/

90%

10%

 

 

 

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