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#100063 - 11/30/04 10:45 AM Fighting Stance

Personally I find Kung Fu stances pretty impractical. Crane/Cat/Etc. They seem to sacrafice balance and mobility for appearance.

The normal stance ( elbows bent and forearms pointing straight up with your hands by your head ) to be both boring though effective.

What kind of fighting stance do you use?

#100064 - 11/30/04 11:43 AM Re: Fighting Stance

Confronted by an aggressor I would use a Passive Stance, such as 'The Fence'.

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#100065 - 11/30/04 06:14 PM Re: Fighting Stance

I dont use stances in real fights. Go from where you are. In sparring and such though I have found JKD stance or the basic boxing stance good to use.

#100066 - 11/30/04 08:16 PM Re: Fighting Stance
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By stance, do you mean stationary position, or a form? Sorry, I just always think of the stationary karate horse stance whenever I hear the word. But in terms of form, I've always used Jeet Kune Do.

#100067 - 11/30/04 10:33 PM Re: Fighting Stance
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JKD. Much mobility.

#100068 - 12/01/04 12:41 AM Re: Fighting Stance

Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't the JKD stance with one forearm near your face and the other near your stomache?

It seems like the lower arm would be rather worthless. It can be used for blocking but it would take so much extra time to get it up and punch with it from such a low position.

I've been thinking something lately that resembles a man holding a shield and sword. Except with the arms in more hand-to-hand oriented positions. An attempt to illustrate would be....

Hold your weak arm up parallel to the ground with your forearm parallel to your face. ( Just like what it looks like when someone is holding a shield. ) Bring your power hand up next to your chin/shoulder area. The stance should be with your front foot out a little past your waist and your back leg lined up with your back shoulder and hip. Weight placement is about 80% back leg 20% front leg. Knees are slightly bent and you should be standing somewhat on the balls of your feet ( but not like a cat stance... )

I think it's effective for normal jab/punch combos because your jabbing arm is in a good position to strike ( compared to down by your waist ) and it's great for countering because one arm is being used primarily for defense on the initial strike and one arm for offense. So it would be a quick block with your weak arm as you are punching with your power arm technique. Of course once you were swinging you'd use both hands for striking but you get the idea... Opinions?

#100069 - 12/01/04 08:08 AM Re: Fighting Stance

I generally don't uses much in the way of stances in street fights, however I have found that they can be useful, I tend to use a cat stance if some one is attacking me, it gives you a base to lauch a solid counter, and is still mobile enough to get around your opponent, and strong enough to fight from. The crane stance tends to be more for balance practise rather then fights, however Tiger, Dragon and Cat stances tend to be good for fights, they are solid and mobile, well dragons not all that mobile but very solid

#100070 - 12/01/04 01:17 PM Re: Fighting Stance

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Drakar:
It seems like the lower arm would be rather worthless. It can be used for blocking but it would take so much extra time to get it up and punch with it from such a low position.[/QUOTE]

It is quite useful from down there. There are more targets than your opponent's face you know. Besides, with a nice slip, it finds it's way home everytime.

Oh yeah, and your "ultimate stance" is basically a hazy desciption of the Bai Jong stance from JKD in a left lead.

P.S. You should be leading with your right, and crossing with your left. Then step in with the left to throw a finishing right from the rear fist when you've sufficiently stunned them. It will help you to land a lot more blows and will give you a far more controling defense. Don't forget to kick too, lol.

#100071 - 12/07/04 02:23 PM Re: Fighting Stance

Thai boxing stance or Krav Maga stance
which is a thai stance with elbows tucked in more, and hands open.

#100072 - 12/07/04 05:50 PM Re: Fighting Stance

Hi There

We modify the stance depending on the range

Kicking distance...Thai stance
Punching Distance...Boxing Stance
Grappling distance... Thai grappling hold
Ground.....take your pick..

The Wolf

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