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Basic Stances

Zenkutsu-Dachi (Front Stance)


Kokutsu-Dachi (Back Stance)

Kiba-Dachi (Horse Stance)

Kumite-Dachi (Fighting Stance)

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Sparring Posture

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Ideal Lunge Punch

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In the "lunge-punch vs. reverse-punch" debate, the reverse punch, for power, has been held in favor by most. However, when done correctly, the lunge punch will generate more power than its mate.

Preparing to attack!

Figure B: Momentum is begun by the right foot pushing forward past the left. Once the sacrum moves forward of the left foot, the left leg can then take over in driving the body, pushing it forward.

Figure C: As the right foot is completing its forward motion, the left leg and right hip push the upper body into a "half-facing" position, driving the right arm into the punch. The right knee sinks forward, facilitating the "push" by the rear foot and right hip. The stance ends up only half-shoulder width, thereby aligning and locking the joints behind the punch.

Figure D: After impact, the rear knee relaxes and the hips are snapped clockwise to full-facing. This is true "hip vibration".

Figure E: The "typical" lunge punch lacks hip power and gives little rear leg support to the punching arm. The lunge-punch, like the reverse-punch, should use the hip and rear for driving the punching arm.

Advanced Lunge Punch

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In Kenkojuku Karate-Do, after Black Belt rank, Zenkutsu-Dachi is discarded in favor of Fudo-Dachi. This especially applies when delivering a Lunge Punch or Reverse Punch. Zenkutsu-Dachi is considered a "dead" stance, of little "combat" value, since one of its defining characteristics is locking the rear leg. However, it is still used in kata and in Ippon Kumite (One-Step Fighting).

The Advanced Lunge Punch is demonstrated below, from left to right.

Starting from Fudo-Dachi, Gedan-Barai The right foot pushes off. Once the right foot passes the left, the right fist begins its drive to and through the target The fist and leg land at the same instant. The instant after focusing, the hips are torqued clockwise and the right shoulder pulls back to a full-facing position.

Basic Forms

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Left: Gedan-Barai (Down Block)
Right: Gedan-Oizuki (Low Punch)
Left: Gyaku-Zuki (Reverse Punch)
Right: Gedan-Oizuki (Low Punch)
Left: Chudan Oizuki (Mid Punch)
Right: Shuto Uke (Knife-Hand Block)
Kumite-Dachi (Fighting Stance)

Bo Stances

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Left: Low Outside Block
Right: Low Strike
Left: High Outside Block
Right: High Strike
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