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.