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Also known as parallel stance, Heiko Dachi is a stance where your feet are shoulder-width apart and feet are parallel. Both feet facing forward, arms straight, and fists on the front.
In the Dojo, you do your Heiko Dachi when your sensei says “Yoi” when he will be teaching or explaining an exercise or technique.
In some Karate styles, this stance is used at the beginning and at the end of a Kata.
Heiko Dachi Step by Step
- You are standing with your feet together and your hands by your side.
- Move your left foot to the side shoulder width.
- Keep your feet parallel facing forward.
- Place your fists in front in a ready position.
- Stand still and don’t move while in this stance
- Do not fix your belt or uniform
- Keep your back straight and don’t move a muscle
- You should not be tense at all, just relaxed by ready for instruction
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