How to do a proper ZenKutsu Dachi in Karate

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Zentuksu Dachi

Zenkutsu Dachi

It is practically the fundamental position of the great majority of the Schools of Karate, and of other martial arts of Japanese origin. It is the most used in training Kihon, in the Kata, and as a basis for attack techniques.

In some other martial arts, Zenkutsu Dachi is called Front Stance and it is part of their forms and some techniques. It could also be found under other names as well.

Zenkutso Dachi is a strong stance perfect for blocking and punching. It always was seen in Karate Katas. For this stance your back has to be straight, you cannot be sideways and your feet are facing forward. Most of your weight is on the front leg for a good and strong base to support a counterattack. 60% of your weight is on your front leg and 40% on your back leg.

This is Zenkutso DachiYou can use this stance to block and counter-attack in a straight line, this will provide you with a strong reach when you align your body.

  • This stance can give you a great support with any punch or strike.
  • In Zenkutsu Dachi the longitudinal separation of the feet is generally twice the width of the shoulders, approximately 80 or 100 centimeters, depending on the height of the karate practitioner and the style he practices.
  • The width or transversal separation of the feet of Zenkutsu Dachi oscillates between the same width of the hips or that of the shoulders, depending on the style of karate that practice it.
  • The leading foot in most karate styles points to the front although somewhat inward, leaning on the outer edge.
  • The back foot in Zenkutsu Dachi should rotate between 30º to 45º.
  • The back leg should remain stretched, pushing back with the heel.
  • The Zenkutsu Dachi hips oscillate between staying frontally or up to an angle of 45º, depending on the karate school that practices it.
  •  Likewise, the thorax can face forward or with a 45º turn.
  • The knee of the forward foot in Zenkutsu Dachi should be aligned with the tip of the foot, and properly flexed in such a way that the karate practitioner cannot see the toe, although the tibia should be completely vertical with respect to the ground.
  • The back in Zenkutsu Dachi must remain completely vertical at all times.

Watch Gedan Barai Uke and Zenkutsu Dachi with foot maneuvers.

Recommendations

  • Keep your back straight
  • Do not lean forward
  • 60% of your body weight is on your front foot
  • 40% 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

Some of the most common combinations with this stance are:

  • Zentuksu Dachi and Gedan Barai.
  • Zentuksu Dachi and Age / Soto Uke.
  • Zentuksu Dachi and Tate Suki / Morote Suki / Ura Suki

Other recommended Karate stances

Karate Techniques

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