Hello everyone, and welcome to this new video on karate-blog.net, clear and net Karate. Today we will talk about a vital position in Shotokan Karate, in other styles too, but in Shotokan Karate, it is the position used most. This is the position zenkutsu Dachi. “Zen” meaning: before, “Kutsu” means folded, and “Dachi” position. So zenkutsu Dachi is the position with the front leg bent. We will see, the front leg is bent, the rear leg is extended. There, we will see that this is not entirely true, it is not quite tense. So we will detail a little this position. Lean back so that you can see my feet. I’ll step aside, like that one will see me better. You’re going to the front leg bent, the back leg. It’s a bit like when we were in college, which we were doing gym class, we called it: a front slit. Basically, that’s it, except that here we descend a little less, it is a little less discarded. The goal is not to do the splits. The goal is to have a good stable position forward and down. So this is a position in which at weight distribution: you will have about 70% of the weight on the front leg, and 30% by weight on the rear leg. So that’s a position that takes on the front, which tends to be more offensive. It can also be used in defense, but in general, when it is used in defense, it really is to block, to have a technical stop and then to move on. If you look at your center of gravity, it will arrive at about one third forward and two thirds to the rear. At the distance in the sense there, it’s not complicated. When you are in position zenkutsu Dachi, you put your knee on the ground like that and you must have the equivalent of about two to three fists by then. No more no less. If you like this, is that your spacing is really a small zenkutsu Dachi. If when you ask, you are very far is that you make a great zenkutsu Dachi, but it is not especially wrong. But the average in general, that’s it. At the distance in that direction, you must have legs apart to shoulder width. As was seen for hachiji Dachi, where you were at shoulder width, and right there it’s the same shoulder width. If you put your feet aligned, as we often see, Beginners tend to put the feet aligned: there you are in balance. It’s a bit like a book. If you put a flat book like that on the stop, it falls. If you open the book like that and you were asking it stands. So basically, that’s it: I open the pages of the book to make it stand and it allows me to be in balance. When I face my opponent, I have hips facing him. I’m not like that in half through and ready to fall. From there, your opponent will sweep your leg and I confess that you do not keep well and in addition, it will catch your leg, then you will fall. So zenkutsu Dachi is a very stable position, quite low. To expand a little bit, the knee is at the plumb of the toes, just above the toes. Basically, when you are in the position zenkutsu Dachi, you should not see the fingers of your foot. If you see your toes like that is that you are not advanced enough forward. And often, that’s a default for beginners because they want to go too far in their position so they deviate too. Since they do not have the flexibility to go down, so that the position is correct, they can not go down and then they end up like that with the leg that goes forward. And, in fact, their weight is now here, but not forward. So this is not good. We must bring the leg a little bit and have the knees in front of the toes. I will give me that. The feet look forward to you. Your opponent is before you. I told you, it’s like a book is opened. I do not have one side of the cover that is in the sense there and then the other is wrong. No, I’m like that. Therefore, the feet are facing forward. The feet are not quite parallel. There is one who looks ahead and it is slightly turned. It is a matter of flexibility that the ankle is slightly turned. If you turn there, If you turn there, you can not bind and have your front hip. You will be required to have hip backwards, simply because if your foot is turned by, you can not have turned up there and hip tour there, simply because the knee is only able to do that. It is not at all able to turn. Your knee can not turn. He has not the rotation function. So if your foot from there, you can not rotate the hip. You are unable to turn the hip following up on Gyaku Zuki or something like that. So zenkutsu it before, I’ll forward. The two points of the feet are rotated forwards and there, when I hit, I really hip that part. I do not loiter my knee having foot shot there and then there. Try to turn, and then actually there, you twist you around and you’re hurting. So that’s very important. Beginners are everything. They turn the hip. I tell beginners, but I also see in others who do that. It really forward. Toes forward. Anything important, I told you: the rear leg is stretched. So, I put big lime because my back leg is stretched and I see teachers sometimes forcing this tension legs, who say students need to straighten the leg and at the same time, there is the irony that he must go buttocks. Yes, but hey, if you are not very flexible in the muscles around the hip, and that you will force the voltage of this leg, one: you contract the quadriceps. As the quadriceps is hung on the leg and hung on the basin, it will switch you pelvis forward like that. The pelvis will tilt forward. And what do you do? You will arch. As the rocker pelvis forward, the body portion forward. And then, as you are told: you must put right, you straighten up, and you end up with a hollow lower back there. This is not good at all. The buttocks are out there and it’s not good at all. In fact, it is necessary that your pool remains flat. And for it to remain flat, the leg is under voltage, but not tense. The knee is not fully extended. The leg is undervoltage, but keeping the flat basin. The basin is flat, it should move: go ahead, go behind … after what you will do next. But you need please do not be like that, not like that either. The basin is flat, and as always, the vertebrae are stacked one on the other and one is placed. Now we will see quick, because I certainly do it again an article on it. soon we will see that at the movement. Then, at the displacement, when you are in position zenkutsu Dachi, moving forward: Ayumi Ashi, or moving backward: Iki Ashi. Forward: Ayumi Ashi, backward: Iki Ashi. I always tell my students to imagine that there are two rails and walked on. You walk on it. But this is not quite true. In reality, the foot is a slight arc, such as when walking: feet are … they are slightly rounded. In fact, I tell them that, simply because many karatekas have a tendency to do that: to bring the leg all the way to the other and back here. It’s not specifically true. Often what happens, if you do this: I do not pose a problem. The walk passes underneath and the big advantage of this technique is that it avoids rising. The walk passes, I do not like that you passed. When we pass as I say: before, you have a little bend the knee. Otherwise, you may do that. The big concern for the leg that goes to the other, very often, Very often I see people doing this … I do not know if you saw the difference between this and that. They do it: you have hips who go there, all your weight on the leg goes there and comes back here. While it’s not that at all. You, when you Ayumi Ashi, you want to go to. You can not go to the side. So before you go. And to go back: Iki Ashi, it’s the same principle. I come back, so I try to have my foot that remains. A bit like on a rail, a light arc, but on a rail, and especially not the center of gravity shifts to the right and left, making zigzags. So that, it was just an aside. I remake articles on Ayumi Ashi Ashi and Iki, in zenkutsu in Kokutsu finally, with other positions. Well, that’s the position zenkutsu Dachi. I think what we must remember, to summarize: both feet must look ahead, you must depart, you must have the back leg, but not too much, undervoltage, but not fully extended, you must have the front leg bent, the knee to the caller of the toes, and you must have the right back resting on the flat basin. So thank you. I hope you like this video. I did not put specific exercises, I will add more as I will travel and things like that. Here, the important thing was to make clear the position zenkutsu Dachi for you to have mastered; So, come back this time video time for the small details. Thank you and please post a comment on this video or in the article. Well thank you and next time for another video on karate-blog.net. Thank you and good bye.