Stances: Kiba Dachi


Kiba dachi (or horse riding stance) is one of Shotokan’s 3 basic stances.  This a very strong stance from which to punch, though many students find it difficult to learn at first It a key stance of the kata Heian Sandan, and is required in many katas thereafter.


  • Feet are about double shoulder width apart
  • Weight is shared evenly on both legs
  • Toes are both pointed forward
  • Knees are pushed outward (don’t let them sag inwards)


Think of standing in this stance as doing battle from the back of a large battle horse.


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