Why do we practise endless stance work? The different stances gives us the ability to move our weight from one leg to the other without falling over, essential not just for fighting but also for everyday living! . If the roots of a tree are rotten it is easy to topple over, but if they are strong and healthy it is a different matter. Below are 5 common stances used in Chinese Martial Arts;
If stances are the foundation then step work is what gives you agility. Step work allows you to retreat and advance quickly. To dodge to the side, to bob and weave without losing your balance. You can cross, slide, hop, jump, shuffle etc in all points of the compass (which in itself is simply a circle intersected with straight lines).
If stances are the foundation and step work is about agility then the 'Art of Kicking' is all about balance. Balance?? Yes balance, after you unleash a kick unless you have kept your balance you generally fall over. Why, because you have put too much weight on your kicking leg!!
Hand postures are fairly simple; open hand, claw, hook and fist if you break it down (in Tai Chi Chuan they are more hidden).
FORMS = TAOLU
Forms / routines / drills are an approach used in martial arts to teach individuals and groups of people techniques not just for fighting, but for meditation, body building, breathing, confidence, callisthenics e.t.c. Bear in mind names often change from one generation to another,so yesterday's drill is today's routine and tomorrow's form!
THE 4 BASIC ARTS
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