Body Shifting

In karate, body shifting may be achieved by stepping, sliding, turning, or by any combination of these basic elements. The following general rules apply to all methods of body shifting:

  1. Your head should be always more or less at the same height from the floor. Therefore, when moving from one wide-legged stance to another your feet come together and your knees must be well bent. This helps to maintain a strong balance.
  2. You should neither raise your feet very high from the floor nor drag them. You loose both speed and balance in either case.
  3. Whether fast or slowly, the weight of your body must always be shifted smoothly.
  4. Begin and end every movement in a strong, correctly-spaced stance, and maintain correct posture throughout the movement.

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