If class weren’t canceled today, it would be a form class. For this particular lesson, I want to explore stances a little bit.
First off, stances aren’t really stances. We think of stances as being a position that you adopt and hold firm, but in the martial arts a stance is nothing like that. Stances are momentary snapshots of positions that are useful in self defense. It’s the movement BETWEEN the stances that is what’s really important.
Try this. Starting from a left-foot-forward front stance. See how many different ways you can step into a new front stance. Keep your head level (not bouncing up and down) and keep your movement smooth. Then switch feet and try the other side. Here are some ideas:
- step forward into a right-foot-forward front stance
- step to face the right in a right-foot-forward front stance
- step to face the back in a right-foot-forward front stance
- step to face the left in a left-foot-forward front stance
- step straight back (still facing the front) with a right-foot-forward front stance
Try them all again with back stances instead of front stances.
Try them all again starting in a front stance but ending in a back stance .
Try them all again starting in a back stance but ending in a front stance.
Overachievers: Try it with a book balanced on your head.