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Shotokan Karate Stances Fudo Dachi (Immovable Stance)

Fudo Dachi (Immovable Stance)fudo dachi

One of the more advanced shotokan karate stances is fudo dachi also referred to as sochin dachi.

This is classed as an advanced stance and most karateka start practicing this stance at black belt.

Get into the habit of breaking new karate moves down, they then become much easier to understand the small detail.

Fudo Dachi (immovable stance)

1. Weight distribution for fudo dachi is 70% of your weight on your front leg and 30% on the back leg.
2. Feet should be hip width to shoulder width apart and this width will decrease as you advance in your karate.
3. Stance length depends on the length of your legs, but one shoulder width and a half is a good guide to start.
4. Feet should be both facing forward as much as possible, with the front foot turned in a big toes width.
5. Push the back knee out as much as possible.
6. Roll the hips up and try not to let your hips stick out.
7. Keep your back straight
8. The front leg is bent the same as in zenkutsu dachi (front stance).
9. Your front knee should be heavily bent and you should not be able to see the toes of your front foot.
10. Try not to let the front knee fall inwards, keep it facing forward.

Fudo dachi should be practiced consistently, the stance should always be the same length and getting a good front stance is imperative for your future progression in karate.  Whether you are attending a karate dojo, or learning karate at home, I recommend you break all techniques down and repeat again and again. For stances it’s a good idea to hold the position for a minute or two and then change to a different stance and repeat.

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