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White Belt Stances slide show:
Class 9: Beginner Class on Stances
Stances in Japanese is ‘Tachikata’.
I thought I’d start off by taking a look at the stances video. One must have a stance-the actions must stem from a stance right?
I do not know if there are specific front stances, side stances, leaning stances, resting stances, etc. We shall see.
Here’s a Wikipedia page on karate stances. There’s no images. Maybe I need to create a page of images of stances.
I am now almost 30 mins into the video on beginner stances. I think what I need to do is first simply learn the stances & the names of them, learn common errors of each of them (leaning too far forwards or back, foot width, etc.) and THEN learn how to get in and out of the stances. I’ll be able to get into a stance and get used to IT while practicing arm movements. That’ll be the plan.
Tim Frier is a black belt. I should ask him what style.
1. Front stance ‘Zenkutsu-dachi’. 9:57
2. Back stance ‘Kokutsu-dachi’. 20:31
Kihon drills (What is ‘kihon’?)
Front stance ‘Zenkutsu-dachi’.
Errors & problems students have:
Feet too narrow AND feet too close. This is a wide stance even though the feet ARE far forward and back.
I need to be able to show what is incorrect I think so that I can understand what is correct. I think knowing what not to do is important too.
Make sure to exaggerate the stances in the lower belt levels (make them wider and deeper).
Posture: Don’t lean forward.
It’d sure be nice to have this video be more than 3 steps. 20 steps at a time would be great-lots of repetition.
- zenkutsu-dachi (left and right stance) (3 different angles)
- kokutsu-dachi (left and right stance) (3 different angles)
It looks like I’ll be tested on the above.
Vocabulary to learn:
Front stance: zenkutsu-dachi
Back stance: kokutsu-dachi
Stance practice ?: Tachi-kata
That’s it on stances for now.
I just watched the stances video twice & took screenshots. I’ll practice these: