Recently my karate teacher told us to find out the name of the position (or it might have been the act of retracting your leg after a kick - I can't remember) when you retract your leg after a kick. For example after a front kick (mae geri), you kick and then you retract your leg before going back in your stance. He gave us a hint : it starts with the letter w (in japanese)

  • The closest I can find is waza - "technique" - traditional-karate.com/karate/terms.html#Kerikata
    – JohnP
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 20:24
  • I found that, but I don't think that's it.
    – beannshie
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 20:54
  • I don't either, that's just about the only non technique W I could find. and nothing specifically about retraction/recovery.
    – JohnP
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 20:57
  • Either way, thank you, this list of terms might be useful.
    – beannshie
    Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 20:59
  • You might get an answer on japanse.se Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 8:12

2 Answers 2


引き /hiki/ meaning "pulling; drawing back" might fit, though it doesn't begin with w.


I know in some schools they teach that the transitional stance before/after a kick is neko-dachi (the cat stance). I remember being quized on this very question in class once and that was the answer.

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