Thursday 17 March 2011

Taking a stance!

The tachikata (stances) of Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu Karate include heisoku dachi, musubi dachi, heiko dachi, hachinoji dachi, uchi hachinoji dachi, renoji dachi, teiji dachi, kosa dachi, neko ashi dachi, sanchin dachi, hangetsu dachi, shokutsu dachi, zenkutsu dachi, kiba dachi, kokutsu dachi, fudo dachi and others. They are all essentially `transitional positions' or `landing gears' to launch, deliver, recover from, or to `set up' various techniques/combinations. This is especially the case when considering the effective oyo (practical application) of kata.


Here I am displaying several of the IJKA tachikata as taught by Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei. Such critical technical issues make our preservation of Asai-ha Shotokan-ryu Karatedo all the more important, as we are keeping Sensei's technical legacy alive by our practice.


We understand and respect that karate is a changing martial art, nevertheless myself, and many others will continue to practice pure martial arts karate, the way Asai Sensei taught us, via his lifetime of research. This is the stance we take!


© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand 2011.

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