Footwork & Stances

Footwork is one of the foundations of karate - self defense, kihon, kata or kumite
Kihon Tachi Kata
Hei Soku Dachi
[Hey-soku dah-chee]
Attention Stance
Musubi Dachi
[Moo-sue-be Dah-chee]
Ceremonial Stance
Heiko Dachi
[Hey-koh Dah-chee]
Ready Stance
Hachiji Dachi
[Ha-ji-chee Dah-chee]
Ready Stance
Naifanchi Dachi
[Nigh-fun-chee Dah-chee
Strengthening Stance
Shiko Dachi
[She-koh Dah-chee]
Strengthening Stance
Kiba Dachi
[Kee-bah Dah-chee]
Strengthening Stance
Zenkutsu Tachi Kata
Zenkutsu Dachi
[Zen-koo-tsoo Dah-chee]
Front Stance
Other Stances
Heian Dachi
[Hey-ah-n Dah-chee]
Fighting/Self Defence Stance
Sabaki Footwork
Aiumi-ashi
[Ah-oo-me Ah-she]
Stepping forwards/backwards
Yori-ashi
[Yoh-ree Ah-she]
Sliding forwards
Hiki-ashi
[He-kee Ah-she]
Sliding backwards
Yoko Sabaki
[Yoh-koh Sah-bar-key]
Sidewards footwork
Hiraki
[He-rah-key]
“Opening” footwork
Hineri Sabaki
[He-neh-ree Sah-bar-key]
“Twisting” footwork – sidewards footwork
with the addition of angle work