Neko Ashi Dachi in traditional Karate

Neko Ashi Dachi or Cat Stance

Neko Ashi Dachi

This stance is known as the cat stance in traditional Karate.

Neko Ashi Dachi in traditional karate there was a division among teachers regarding this position, some claimed that it was basically a shorter Dachi kokutsu, where the weight of the body was overloaded on the delayed leg.

The Cat sits on the back legs when they use their paws to attack, the same principle is applied here. Your back leg has most of your weight so your front leg can be ready for a front kick. This is a strong stance that helps you support any technique, you will find it on many Katas.

These two tigers Neko Ashi Dachi

Neko Ashi Dachi step by step

  • Begin from a natural stance or heisoku dachi
  • Move your right foot back at a 45-degree angle
  • Lower your body keeping your back straight
  • Rest your front foot on the ball the foot


Tips to enhance your Neko Ashi Dachi

  • Always keep your back straight.
  • 60% of your body weight should be on the back leg
  • both legs should be bent
  • Keep your shoulders even facing forward, not sideways

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