By Master Richard Tsui-Po
Martial arts stance training is an integral part of the first phase of learning. Stance exercises are very important as stances are the foundation of all other movements.
Stance training benefits your balance, provides stability and develops leg strength and agility. But most importantly, the core function of stance training is to give support to your blocking, punching or kicking techniques. During self defence, the strength of your stances will determine how effectively you are able to defend yourself.
This spiral-bound instructional Golden Lion text book presents seven main stances used in the Chinese martial arts of kung fu, all of which can be performed from beginner to advanced levels. They are: Horse Stance, Bow and Arrow Stance, Cat Stance, Crane Stance, Cross Stance, Crouching Stance and Snake Stance.
This text book includes detailed explanations with tips and special exercises on how to train with these stances. You’ll build powerful legs, excellent balance, speed and strength. This is an important and necessary skill to have when defending yourself.
Also included in the workbook are detailed explanations of the following:
- Practical requirements of each stance
- Breathing methods in stance training
- Pace of stance training
- Stance patterns exercises
- Therapeutic effects of stance training
- Daily exercises to strengthen your stances
- Cool down and gentle stretches
The photos in each section show the correct posture and body placement for each stance. Each stance pattern exercises has been broken down into easy to follow step by step using photos of Master Richard Tsui-Po demonstrating just how each stance should be executed.