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Kokutsu Dachi (Back Stance)

This stance is known as a strongly defensive stance, yet is useful from which to launch a strong counterattack.

In this stance, the heels of both feet follow the same line. The rear foot is turned out 90 degrees to the side, and the front foot points straight forward. The weight is distributed with approximately 70 percent of the weight falling on the rear leg and 30 percent on the front leg. The rear leg is pressed so that the knee is roughly in a position over the rear foot. The front leg has a slight bend in it.

The hips are pressed forward and rotated upwards, and the back is held straight. The abdominal muscles are slightly tensed. The shoulders are aligned with the front foot (turned to the side), and the head is held straight, focusing in the direction of travel.

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