How Do Variuos Front or Forward Stances From Various Martial Arts Styles Compare?

May 31, 2017

How To: Karate, Taekwondo, Kungfu Front or Forward Stances

There are three components to stances, which most people lack. These are:

  • Flexibility or Depth
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Balance and Stability¬†¬†

In addition common requests had to do with muscle and joint pain while performing the stances. If you are reading this, there must be a part of your stances that you want to improve. What you may not know, is that all the factors mentioned above are very interdependent. Take balance for instance. If you try to go deeper than you flexibility allows, you will fall off balance. If your joints begin to hurt, you will get out of stance or will find yourself off balance as well. The same would happen if you lack strength or endurance, you are bound to fall in one direction or another. Now that you know the above, you may be surprised to find that your strength maybe lacking due to your lack of flexibility. Your joints may hurt due to poor strength, balance or flexibility as well.

In many cases martial arts, yoga and dance practitioners, and even gymnasts or figure skaters, get stuck in a never ending cycle.  In most cases, the above nightmare scenario happens, when the skill is drilled without any outside modalities. In other words, the stance keeps getting repeated, during each workout in hopes that somehow one day it will just get better.

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