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Renoji Dachi (Katakana "re" Stance)

The Renoji Dachi is named for its resemblance to the Japanese katakana (one of three styles of characters used in Japanese writing) character "re" when viewed from above. It is a very high stance well suited to transitory movements or in movements which are preparatory for other techniques.

The heels are aligned in this stance with the rear foot being turned outward to an angle of approximately 45 to 50 degrees, and the front foot pointing straight forward. Both the front and rear legs have only a slight bend, while approximately 60 to 70 percent of the weight is on the rear leg, which means that the hips must tilt slightly upward in the rear. When viewed from above, the hips are at a 45 degree angle. The hips are pressed forward and slightly rotated upwards.

The back and head are held straight with the abs tensed slightly. The head is held vertical and level, focused in the direction of travel. The shoulders are aligned with the hips in a 45 degree angle.

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