Kenpo Karate

Neutral Stance in Kenpo Karate

Neutral Stance in Kenpo Karate

As a foundational stance in Kenpo Karate, the Neutral Stance forms the basis of all defensive techniques, sets, and forms. It provides a versatile posture from which one can effectively respond to attacks and move in any direction with ease.

To assume the Neutral Stance:

  1. Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart, maintaining a relaxed posture.
  2. Bend your knees slightly to maintain balance and readiness.
  3. Position your hands up in front of your body, elbows slightly bent, ready to protect your upper and middle sections.

The key aspects of the Neutral Stance include maintaining a 50-50 weight distribution between both feet, ensuring stability and agility for executing techniques. Unlike the Karate Kiba Dachi stance, which is lower with hands positioned by the ribs, the Neutral Stance in Kenpo Karate keeps the hands up and forward, emphasizing defensive readiness.

Step-by-step guide to assume the Neutral Stance:

  • Start from a natural stance with your feet together.
  • Step back with your left foot, maintaining shoulder-width distance.
  • Bend your knees slightly to achieve a balanced position.
  • Keep your right hand as your primary defense, positioned in front of your upper body.
  • Your left hand serves as your secondary defense, ready to intercept or block incoming attacks.

Practicing and mastering the Neutral Stance is crucial as it forms the basis for fluid movement and effective technique execution in Kenpo Karate, ensuring readiness and adaptability in various combat scenarios.

Neutral Stance in Kenpo Karate - Side View
Neutral Stance in Kenpo Karate – Side View


  • Always keep your back straight
  • Do not lean forward, stay centered
  • Do not go too low on this stance
  • If you do not feel comfortable with the stance, then you are doing something wrong and you need to fix it

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