A stance is a position that is designed to create greater stability or to improve movement.

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Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits?

Do martial arts encourage bad posture habits? After years of practicing and sparring, my wife and I noticed that my posture when walking has changed drastically in a bad way. I constantly slouch when ...
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What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?

About a year ago I suffered a major knee injury and while I have been cleared to return to the dojo and train, I still have some weakness in the knee. What are some good exercises to strengthen the ...
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What's this posture called, and does it signify something

In Tai-Chi, if I remember correctly, many stances and movements signify something , such as "push opponent away", "block a kick" etc. At least that's whatone of my trainers claimed. In one of the ...
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Is the following position realistic in any fight?

Here is a position that I found in some places: Is this a realistic start position in a fight? Can he use the back hand in this position fast? Isn't it better to position the back hand near the ...
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Is it expected that all training stances/positions will have direct fighting applications?

Is it generally expected in martial arts systems that all training stances/positions (horse stances, front stances, drop stances, etc.) will have direct fighting applications? Questions such as Is ...
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how to perform a reverse punch?

Where I used to train, I was taught a reverse punch was performed with the opposite fist to the forward leg, while stepping forwards. So, for example, if I stepped forwards into a left hand front ...
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How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?

When I'm doing a riding horse stance, I am trying to go for a low stance where my thighs are approaching a 90-degree angle with my lower legs. However, in doing so I begin to lose balance and tip my ...
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How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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“Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?

I train in Taekwon-do (1st Dan Instructor) and ninjutsu (Beginner) and I had an interesting insight/question arise from my ninjutsu Instructor (which is why I picked up the second art): In ninjutsu's ...
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Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?

I am 15 and I am currently being trained in Krav Maga, one on one with a partner. I have a very practical question: Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Even a threatening or ...
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Hangetsu dachi, Seisan dachi, goat-clamping stance - the same?

My background is primarily Shotokan karate so I am familiar with Hangetsu-dachi. I then saw that Seisan-dachi is very similar if not the same. Today I have been watching a program about Wing Chun. ...
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Improving my back stance

I am currently training for my Black Belt in a shotokan like style of Karate and I have been told many times by my teacher that I need to improve my back stance KĊkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...
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What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?

What are the ankles good for? What is their most efficient use? I posited, somewhere else, that they are good to absorb the energy generated from moving out of a stance. In martial practice, how can ...
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What does it mean to be rooted, and how is being rooted different from being balanced?

Being balanced means that your center of mass is supported by your body's structure. How is being rooted different from being balanced?
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Weight distribution and balance in boxing

When you box must your weight be evenly distributed across your boxing stance to have balance or how does it work?