Traditional Karate Stances

Traditional karate stances (postures) are the essential point of departure for launching or repelling an attack.

You are able to face an opponent better when you adopt a proper Karate stance.

Here are a number of traditional stances that you can employ in specific circum­stances.

The Natural Stance


The Natural Stance

In the natural stance you face your opponent "naturally". How's that for a definition? :-)

Seriously, in this stance you keep your legs and shoulders relaxed, feet together but poised for action.

Your weight is equally distributed on both limbs, keeping a balance, and ready to spring to one side or another in case of an attack against you.

Spread Eagle Stance


Spread Eagle Stance In the Spread Eagle Stance, you spread your legs about 18 inches apart, toes pointed outward a bit.

Keep legs straight and body relaxed.

You are poised now to spring into action.







Half Moon Stance


Half Moon Stance


In stance, you plant your heels firmly on the floor, and point the toes straight ahead and spread your legs far apart.

The knees should be bent outward slightly.

The muscles of the legs and the hips should be taut.

Weight should be equally distributed on both legs.



Forward Stance

Forward Stance Move either the left or right leg straight ahead about 18 inches.

Bend the knee slightly.

Move other leg back.

Both feet should be planted firmly on the floor.



Backward Stance


Backward Stance

For this karate stance, you bend the rear knee and direct outward.

Move the other leg forward.

The weight is not evenly distributed in the backward stance.

Two-thirds of the weight should be on the rear leg.

One-third on the front leg.

This is a good stance to use in kicking, as it gives you proper leverage.

Cat Stance


Cat Stance In this karate stance you are poised like a cat on a hot tin roof ready to spring into action.

Front left knee is projected, slight weight on the ball of the foot.

Heel is raised slightly from the floor.

The rear right foot remains backward and flat and bears most of the weight of the body.

The back should remain rigid.



Traditional Karate Stances For Defense.