Kokutso Dachi or Back Stance

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How to do Kojutso Dachi

The Kokutso Dachi

Kokutsu Dachi longitudinally separates the feet with the same distance as the Zenkutsu Dachi position, but with the difference that the weight of the body is recharged on the leg delayed by 70 or 80%. The distance of longitudinal separation of the feet, both for Kokutsu Dachi and Zenkutsu Dachi is 60% of the height of the karate practitioner.

  • Kokutso Dachi is also known as the Back Stance, it has the same length as Zenkutso Dachi, but the back leg is not straight this time, it is bent and in a 45% angle, 60% of your weight is on the back leg and 40% on the front leg. This stance is one of those important ones you will see on many Katas and is also part of the curriculum of all karate styles.

In Kokutsu Dachi the back leg stays flexed with his knee and foot pointed laterally, while the forward one only remains slightly flexed pointing to the front in the direction of the opponent. Between both feet, they form an angle of 90º, in most of the Karate Schools, although in some the delayed foot points in the front direction to facilitate the frontal displacements.

In Kokutsu Dachi the hip is placed above the heel forming a vertical line with it, and depending on the criteria of each style this line falls on the side of the hip or its center, in the latter case the position drops markedly, so what the styles that advocate it use a very low Dachi Kokutsu.

  • The back foot in Kokutsu Dachi rests on all its extension the edge or outer edge of the foot as well as in the metatarsus, but the forward foot although it must touch the ground the support is done with the fingers, not with the heel.

In Kokutsu Dachi the body remains vertically erect, (as in most karate techniques)

Recommendations:

  • Kokutsu Dachi longitudinally separates the feet with the same distance as the Zenkutsu Dachi position, but with the difference that the weight of the body is recharged on the leg delayed by 70 or 80%.
  • In Kokutsu Dachi the back leg stays flexed with his knee and foot pointed laterally, while the forward one only remains slightly flexed pointing to the front in the direction of the opponent.
  • Between both feet, they form an angle of 90º, in most of the Karate Schools, although in some the delayed foot points in the front direction to facilitate the frontal displacements.
  • In Kokutsu Dachi the hip is placed above the heel forming a vertical line with it, and depending on the criteria of each style this line falls on the side of the hip or its center, in the latter case the position drops markedly, so what the styles that advocate it use a very low Dachi Kokutsu.
  • The forward foot in Kokutsu Dachi although it must touch the ground the support is performed on the toes and the base of the toe and not with the heel.

Recommendations on your Kokutso Dachi:

  • Keep your back straight
  • Do not lean forward
  • 40% of your body weight is on your front foot
  • 60% of your body weight on your back foot
  • do not go too low otherwise, you will not be able to move fast
  • Align  your hips with your knees
  • Do not look down, keep your eyes on the front
  • Keep your hands on the side waiting for instruction or executing a Shuto uke

Other recommended Karate stances:

Main Traditional Karate

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