Kamae Dachi or Fighting Stance
In this article we will go over details to build the perfect fighting stance, specially for Kumite, we will go over details on the hands, arms, legs and details of your body position. We will also talk about how you should move and be able to execute effective techniques from any angle.
Kamae Dachi is your traditional fighting stance which you use when sparring or also called Kumite. Now we will analyze each element to build the best fighting stance.
Hands on your Fighting Stance
Your hands move faster than your feet, that is why you need to have them ready to protect yourself. The closest hand to your opponent is your first line of defense, if it fails then you have your second line of defense which is your other hand.
Arms on your Fighting Stance
- For lower ranks your hands should form a fist and for a black belt you could have your hands open ready to grab if necessary and also depending on your martial art style.
- The arm closer to your opponent should be slightly bent, this would allow your arm to move in any desired direction and your fist should be at your aiming his chin. Your second hand should be close to your body and your hand by your solar plexus, your elbow tucked in to protect your ribs.
Legs on your Fighting Stance
Your legs should not be to wide apart from each other, if this happens you will not be able to move around freely and fast enough to avoid getting punched or kicked. Keep your legs slightly bent, this will allow you to react promptly to any attack; it will also allow you to execute any defensive and offensive kick successfully.
- For best results consider keep your legs shoulder width, this will allow you full body movement and will allow you to move in any direction rapidly.
Kicking from your Fighting Stance
Being able to kick effectively is essential for all martial artists. The correct posture is important to be able to kick and reach the target. Kicking with the front leg allows you to kick faster, in tournaments you can score points quickly. Kicking with the back leg is predictable but generates much more strength. Kicking with the front leg gives you more range, and allows you to stop an attacker when he approaches. It is advisable to attack with the front leg in sports karate tournaments. In instances of self-defense in the street it is very different since it is not sports karate, but it can be an instance of life or death.
How to move fast with your Fighting Stance?
In order to move quickly in your fighting stance, it is necessary that your legs are not so separated because it will be harder to move. Be on the ball of your feet, it will allow you to switch and move fast. Practice shadow boxing, imagine your opponent in front of you, move around him, go forward and backward, blocking and counter attacking, then do both at the same time. You need to be relaxed at all times, that will make you move faster, because if you are tense your reaction time will decrease.
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