Shotokan Cat Stance – Neko Ashi Dachi

Shotokan Cat Stance – Neko Ashi Dachi

This page provides details on how to do a Shotokan “Cat Stance”. This stance is known as Neko Ashi Dachi in Japanese. This Shotokan stance is used primarily in katas. FYI – Neko Ashi Dachi translates to Cat Foot Stance – Cat (Neko) Foot (Ashi) Stance (Dachi).

For additional stance information, please visit the main Shotokan Stances section.

Written Instructions for Shotokan Cat Stance

  • Both legs bent in this stance.
  • The back leg is on a 45 degree angle.
  • The front foot is pointed forward.
  • The front foot is on just the ball of foot (koshi).
  • The back leg ankle, hip and shoulder should be in a straight line, with the knee bent to be able bob up and down freely.
  • The weight distribution of 80% on back leg, and 20% on the front leg. The weight distribution is in this way so that you still have full movement of your front leg, so this can be twisted to deflect kicks to your legs and groin area.

Instructional Video for Shotokan Cat Stance – Neko Ashi Dachi