Questions tagged [stance]

A stance is a body position that is designed to achieve certain goals such as creating greater stability or improving movement.

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Fighting stance

What is the best fighting stance for kickboxing Dutch style? I'm new to kickboxing K-1, and I'm wondering if keeping your back straight with the core tensed and raising your shoulders to protect your ...
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Right handed southpaw

I primarily fight in the southpaw stance. I fight like a southpaw, throwing the left cross, and lead with my right. Here is where it gets weird: I’m right handed. I fight like a natural southpaw, but ...
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Why grip with only three fingers?

I have heard a number of judoka promote gripping with only the lower three fingers (pinky, ring, middle) as opposed to all five. I've sometimes heard this referred to as the 'Japanese grip'. Is there ...
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My knee keeps buckling when I am in horse stance or preparing for kicks [closed]

I am 17 and I do Karate. My knee keeps buckling whenever I am in horse stance, or doing a front thrust kick. It is almost like it's going backwards. My instructors ask us to go as low and wide as we ...
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Does a stance like this have any application in real life?

In the game Mirror's Edge Catalyst, there are opponents called Sentinels; they are an elite type of enemy in this game. They rely on hand-to-hand combat to beat the player. Most of their techniques (...
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Which foot forward when breaking boards with hand/elbow?

When I break boards using my right knife-hand or elbow "from outside to inside" (using a counter-clockwise motion when seen from above), I've always put my right foot forward, which allows for more ...
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Avoid anterior pelvic tilt on the long stance

When performing the long stance (ap kubi in Taekwondo), sometimes there is a tendency to lean the hip forward, causing a pronounced S on your spine, where the glutes stick out. So, even if your legs ...
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What is the name of the postition with the leg retracted (in japanese)?

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. ...
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Is the differentiation between southpaw and orthodox stance useful?

I'm new to (thai) boxing and I remember that it confused me during training that I was always assumed to position myself according to what I now know is the "orthodox stance". I naturally assumed that ...
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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

When pole standing, should my weight be balanced more on my heel (where I feel it works my thigh muscles), or the ball of my foot (where it seems to work more my lower leg)?
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Which will be the best style for kung fu for self defense for a weak person?

I just came to my new school, where I feel like a loner and there are some students who are professional boxers. The bullying is common here. I'm afraid that they can beat me. I am a weak one unlike ...
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What are basic kung fu stances?

I have relocated to another city a short time ago and now I am training mostly with an old disciple of my sifu. He starts the Tai chi training with practising 3 kung fu stances: Ma bu, Gong bu, Pu bu, ...
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What is this stance shifting maneuver from Chun Kuk Do (maybe Tang Soo Do)?

In the 1990s, I attended Virgil Davis Karate Studio in Flatwoods, KY. There was a form that one of the upper-belt students (I don't think he was a black belt yet at the time) did which had a section ...
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Leaning out of axis

First, a bit of background. I've been training kungfu for nearly a decade now. During all these years, I had the nagging feeling something essential was missing. Shifu sometimes told me to follow tai ...
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Trouble keeping heel down during katas

During kata I have a real issue maintaining my stance, this is predominately caused by me bringing my rear heel up off the floor when striking. The two katas I have learnt, so far, are taikyoku and ...
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Name and meaning of stance where you stand with fists on hips?

After the first Kiai in Heian Sandan (source): Bring left foot to the right, pivot left 180 degrees on the right foot, informal-attention stance (slowly), bring fists to hips, elbows to the ...
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Why do fencers point their back foot to the side in the en garde position?

I would expect that given fencing's linear nature, it would be more advantageous to angle the back foot more forward to push off. Why does the foot point off to the side in the basic stance?
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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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Balance in martial arts stance [duplicate]

In boxing, mma, mauy Thai or any other martial art, when you're in your stance, does balance depend on equal weight distribution or what?
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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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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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Shotokan Karate front stance - weight is over the front knee? Or centre?

I had previously been taught by my sensei that in front stance the weight is over the knee in front stance. This is to allow for quickly kicking mae geri (since there is no shifting of weight forward ...
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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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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?
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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 Kōkutsu-dachi as my bum sticks out and ...
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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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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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Practical knife defense stance

I happened to come across a Krav Maga youtube video that teaches a knife-fighting stance that seeks to guard the major arteries. Here is a link to the video. I would describe the stance more, but the ...
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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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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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What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?

I recently saw a Seven Star Praying Mantis school perform in public for a cultural festival, and one of their characteristics is the seven-star stance. The stance entails one of practictioner's leg ...
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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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“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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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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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 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 ...