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Post  Jagunco on Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:40 am

Just since its been brought up in another thread I thought I'd get your take.

Personally they have a prupose in my book, though they aren't vital to a good martial art I've felt the benefit from doing them in my old karate days...

Of course these days I would also use the high or natural stance when teaching application somethin that was sorely lacking from the old days

what do you think mate?
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Re: Low stances

Post  Nick Hughes on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:09 pm

I definitely benefited from the during my training. Whether it was to get my center of gravity low enough to throw someone in Judo, or develop explosive power and flexibility for kicking in karate the deep, deep stances we did certainly helped.

I am not a fan of the chinese method of standing statically in a deep horse stance for example as that is strengthening the legs in one small range of motion (typically 15 degrees either side of the static hold point). The karate version of transitioning from one deep stance to another, coming up to a higher stance and then dropping back down on the other hand, works the muscles over a fuller range of motion.

Nick

PS; Of course if you do East European Karati and wear spandex all bets are off.
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Post  Jagunco on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:32 pm

Indeed they are... I'm glad we agree. I still have no idea why they did away with deep stances in my old group... I suspect its cos they were too much work.

They have stood me on good stead in every martial arts and RBSD since.

I never wore spadex however.... and am oddly leery of people who do lol
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