Karate Stances

List of Karate Stances

In Karate, students need to learn proper stances (i.e. front stance and back stance). These stances will be used in Karate katas (i.e. Shotokan Karate katas), kicking techniques, etc. This page provides the English and Japanese names for each stance.

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List of Common Karate Stance Names – Links to Shotokan stance videos, etc.

Stances by Karate Style – Videos & instructions for stances used by different Karate styles. Many styles use slightly different stances or have different stance names.

Basic Shotokan Karate Stances

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