Stances: Kokutsu Dachi


Kokutsu Dachi (the Back Stance) in probably the most difficult of Shotokan’s 3 basic stances. Students meet this stance very early, in their first kata Heian Shodan. It is mainly practiced with the Knife hand block initially, though later on it is used with many other techniques.


  • Maintain approx same stance with as Kiba Dachi
  • Front foot points straight ahead, back foot points straight out to the side
  • The heel of your back foot must line up with the heel of your front foot

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