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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Zenkutsu Dachi — Forward Leaning Stance Moving Practice

The Citizen Schools and H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts students learned the proper way to perform Forward Leaning Stance, "Zenkutsu Dachi", while moving.

"Zenkutsu" means forward leaning in English.
"Dachi" means stance in English.

The Students learned that the Zenkutsu Dachi is one shoulder width wide and two shoulders widths deep. They learned that the front foot is straight and the front knee is bent and even with the toes (not bending so deep that the front knee goes beyond the toes), that the back leg/knee is straight and the back foot is held at a 45 degree angle. The students also learned that the weight distribution ins 60% on the front and 40% on the back.

When moving the students are taught to turn the front foot in 45 degrees before sliding the back foot forward. as they move forward they keep the stance at one shoulder width wide while moving the back foot forward of the lead leg and foot by two shoulder widths thus completing one movement set. When everything is said and done the students will find the opposite side of the body in the forward leaning position one shoulder width wide by two should widths deep, front foot straight, back foot at 45 degrees with the weight distribution being 60% on the front leg and foot and 40% on the back leg and foot.


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