ナイファンチ立ち 
Naifanchi dachi
Naifanchi stance

Named after the kata. Also known as naifanchin dachi ナイファンチン立ち, naihanchi dachi ナイハンチ立ち, or naihanchin dachi ナイハンチン立ち. Sometimes written as 内歩進立ち. Nai 内 means “inner” or “between.” Han 歩 means “walk” or “step.” Chin 進 means “advance” or “progress.”

 

In Shōrin ryū Seibukan naifanchi dachi, the inside of each foot is aligned with the outside of the acromium (bone at the top of the shoulder)

Shimabukuro Zenshun 島袋善俊


Ishikawa Hiroki
Wadō ryū

 

 

Funakoshi Gichin 船越義珍

 

Ohgami Shingo
Wadō ryū


Introduction to Karate

Motobu Chōki 本部朝基 was
famous for his Naihanchi kata

Tokui Karate Union

Naihanchi dachi is an uchiwa dachi 打環立ち (inner circular stance), so the knees are bent slightly inward. It is a characteristic stance for training punches and hip rotation. Ohgami Shingo states that the standard distance between the feet in naihanchi dachi is the length of one’s kneeling lower leg plus two fists.