Basic Stances in Martial Arts
An all-embracing workout for your legs. Legs, along with abs and forearms, can be considered the fulcrum of the Martial Artist’s physical training. Since legs are the part of the body that are responsible of carrying us around for as long as we live, we want to make sure that, when it comes to Martial Arts, their range of movement won’t be limited to just kicking.
Different stances for differest styles. While officially we say each Martial Style has its own set of stances with its respective names, in wider terms we can list six basic stances. Although the exact look of your arms and hands may differ according to the style you are practicing, in the end it’s the efficiency of that particular stance that you want to benefit from, so please consider the following stances as a guide, as they are inspired by the Shaolin legacy, which is considered the mother of all Martial Arts.
Legs should be trained in order for the martial practitioner to perform the most intense and tiring gestures, as the rest of the body has to rely on them. Furthermore, a well-trained leg is also a leg that cares about its knee and, consequently, you can be sure that your kneecap will be embraced by a strong athletic build which is vital for any fitness and martial practice.
Although endless are the ways you can prepare your legs for martial arts training, we can list why basic stances in martial arts should be your best choice, along with a few best tips for maximizing your workouts:
– Basic stances train your mind, not only your muscles: win over your mind to keep your stance low for more than a minute!
– Basic stances improve your stretching and mobility, so the lower you go, the better it is.
– Basic stances educate your brain to symmetry and balance: even your toes will be involved in keep that position unmovable.
– Basic stances help you coordinate breathing whilst helping you hold them lower and longer.
– Basic stances will make you realize how tense you are on shoulders and arms.
Training basic stances regularly, best in a set, will make your legs stronger, bigger, and extremely versatile. Don’t forget to stretch deeply and perform dynamic gestures in order for your muscles to maintain their level of speed and flexibility.
Our best tip: alternate basic stances training with cycling, hiking on mountains, running and jumping, and forget that leg press machine…