Monday, January 2, 2012

Traditional Okinawan Karate Stances


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Soke Hausel demonstrates yoko geri kokomi (side kick) on the 1.4 billion year old Sherman Granite near Happy Jack, Wyoming.

Kokutsu dachi (back stance) performed during kata training at the Arizona School of Traditional karate. Some members of the Utah Shorin-Kai visit the Arizona Hombu of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai to learn karate from Soke Hausel.
Ryan Harden takes on a good stance (shiko dachi) to strike opponent with tonfa.
Eddie Begaye stands in zenkutsu dachi to defend yoko tobi geri in New
Mexico against Sensei Hausel in 1975.
Yan Ma from the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club demonstrates kokutsu dachi (back stance) during demonstration of Pinan Godan kata.
Tonfa jutsu training in Mesa, Arizona.
Good stances are required in nage waza (throwing) techniques as demonstrated by Luis on Todd at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona.

During all training, such as here using bunkai from Pinan Godan kata, emphasis is important
to place on focus, power and stances. The stance must be perfect to train proper muscle memory