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Hachiji Dachi - the stance that get you expose.


Hachiji DachiHachiji Dachi is the first stance you need to master.

She shows you as you are. It is therefore fundamental for any karateka worthy of the art of the empty hand not to neglect this stance.

Hachiji Dachi is a position that seems very simple and it is also very simple. However, it is a position that is often poorly executed - feet too far apart, feet parallel, position too low or too high, attitude too tight or conversely too relaxed ... - are all faults that can be seen on Hachiji Dachi.

Yet, Hachijii Dachi is the stance the most natural that is. Externally first, since one simply stands with legs spread shoulder width apart. And internally, since we adopt a Shizentai attitude, of Shi = I, Zen = natural and Tai = body. The attitude of the body must therefore be natural, but also that of the heart and the mind. We must show ourselves as we are without outside artifice. This is the basic attitude of karate. Indeed, karate means the empty hand (Kara = empty and Té = hand), that is to say, without external artifice. "The empty hand", but also the heart and the mind; emptied of all tension, all bad intentions ... We adopt a natural attitude, Shizentai. We're here, ready (Yoi)

Decomposition of Hachiji Dachi:

As I said before, with Hachiji Dachi you stand with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. The feet are open and form a V. This is what gave the name to this stance. Indeed Hachi in Japanese means 8. Are you going to tell me what is the relationship? Except that 8 in Japanese writing Kanji is written: Eight,Hachi Kanji Japanese a V upside down. Think about it when you tend to put your feet parallel, it's a mistake ... spelling 😉

So you stand, your knees slightly flexed. Your pond is released, neither tilted forward (anteversion), nor tilted back (retroversion), it is flat, the vertebrae stacked one over the other above the pelvis. The weight is evenly distributed between the two feet and slightly more pronounced on the front of the foot.

Your shoulders are relaxed. In fact, your whole body must be relaxed (empty, natural, without tension ...). You maintain a simple tension in the belly at the level of the Hara (2 fingers under the navel) by contracting slightly the perineum and the transverse (deep abdominal muscle). This slight tension is essential, it will be the start of any technique. Like a internal energy ready to explode at the slightest solicitation.

You are in maximum state of awakening and availability (Zanshin). You are very relaxed, but your senses are on the alert ready to "jump" in any direction, left, right, forward, backward, but also up and down, to release all the energy that "slumbers" into the hara for an attack or defense.

As a karateka, you will very often adopt the stance Hachiji Dachiat the beginning and the end of kata, before and after a salute, etc. That's why you must never neglect it. You should always respect this stance and consider it as the most important. Do not forget that it represents your character, she is laying you bare. It will allow others to judge you at first glance.

Thank you for reading me and I invite you now to watch the video that I prepared you on Hachiji Dachi.

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Here I hope that this course in video ofHachiji Dachi you liked it and that you have grasped the attitude to adopt for this stance.

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  1. hello bruno, i have 24 my life has plotut badly turned i have to go to the wrong way that i regret.i mintersse to karate and i wonder if it is too late to start and if karate can help me resume my life in hand?

  2. Hello Bruno,

    I like your way of asking the fundamentals, how to do things and why. I watched some of your videos; no headaches, very didactic and concrete. You pass the messages in a motivating way for the audience. I sincerely believe that all the members who follow you will make beautiful black belts! (I spent my 1er Dan a few years ago).


  3. Hello Bruno

    I start karate and I find your teaching very clear, interesting.
    I'm no longer young and I did not think this discipline could please me as much.
    I express the wish to continue to follow you for a long time ...

  4. Hello,

    Little question..
    I'm doing my yoi in one step .. and I just realized that I instinctively took the step on the left. My former teacher who was very picky for passing grade never made me notice .. So, you think it's good to do it on the left side?
    Anyway, now I am doing it on the right side trying to find the same comfort as on the left side .. but if ever I find no, I would prefer to resume on the left side ..
    Thank you!

  5. Hi,
    Many thanks, your advice is prodigious. I have 48 years and I have not done karate since 30 years !!!! I went back to the dojo a few days ago and I'm happy. So I looked on the net what was being done and I came across your site, I will quickly say that what I find there allows me to easily reconnect with a passionate eve. Once again thank you.
    I will not fail to return to the site and can see if my finances allow me to subscribe.
    Dr. Azzedine Messai

  6. I started karate and I took the position hachiji Dachi by mimicry, observing the others to know if I did it well. Now, thanks to you, I will perform this position more confidently knowing what it really means. Thank you.

  7. Thank you for this teaching, I also greatly appreciated the reminder of the meaning of the term "karate" and "karate-do".

    • Hello,

      In this case it is no longer Hachiji Dachi since the feet no longer form a V, but Uchi-Hachiji Dachi (feet pointing inwards), or Heiko Dachi (parallel feet).


  8. jakayani lahbib at

    thank you for the explanation regarding hachiji dachi c is a fundamental and important position because it shows that you are ready to work

  9. what i really appreciate is the simple and clear explanation, there is screen and I listen to no interference and the mind / body records it is really appreciable also your energy made available
    A big thank-you

  10. thank you very much for the courses you give us and also advise us to correct our imperfections. I would like to know how to do bodybuilding with children thank you

  11. casually c not so light that its in any case super video all and super well explained in it we really understand all thanks to you bruno

  12. Hi Bruno !!
    And a big thank you for this Video!
    I start my second year of practice and I notice that at my former club we never worked this position, where then very quickly done in training on some tsukis but without having once received any advice / instructions on it, this which is hard enough ... when you start! Because in my new club we work a lot, in Kihon, and it has opened my eyes to the real feelings of karate (for once I want to go back to the white!).
    I hope that you and all readers of the blog enjoy their return; in any case your students are very lucky
    Why us?


  13. Good evening Bruno,
    Hachiji-Dachi is indeed a simple position, but which denotes the whole personality of the practitioner, I remember at the beginning that my teacher made us take the position Heisoku, Musubi, Heiko, to finish with Hachiji-Dachi, then it comes naturally ... ...... shizentai.
    Mata chikaiuchi ni.

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