Tilak Punn
"Dachi" or "Tachi" means stance in Japanese, and describes primarily the position of the feet in various Karate stances. Stances are very important in delivering power and also quick responses in various situations and are thus emphasis in Kihon (basic training). Strong stances can give a smaller person a significant advantage over a larger attacker.

Stances - Dachi

Bensoku dachiTurning cross leg stance
Fudo dachiFree stance
Hachiji dachiNatural stance (feet shoulder width apart toes slightly pointed out)
Han zenkutsu dachiHalf front stance (Short Zenkutsu dachi)
Hachiji dachiNatural stance (feet shoulder width apart slightly pointed out)
Heiko dachiParallel stance (feet shoulder width apart)
Heisoku dachiClosed foot stance (feet together)
Kiba dachiHorse riding stance (feet parallel)
Kokutsu dachiBack stance
Musubi dachiFormal attention stance (feet together)
Neko ashi dachiCat stance
Renoji dachiThe letter L stance
Sanchin dachiHourglass stance
Sesan dachiSide facing straddle stance
Shiko dachiStraddle leg stance (horse stance feet at 45 degrees)
Zenkutsu dachiFront stance
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