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, 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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