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Back to the stances. The basic stance work is supposed to place the body into a posture where the muscles, tendons, and bones work together efficiently. While balance is a skill which is trained in every stance, the ability to absorb shock from a specific direction is dependent on the stance. Block punch drills are supposed to teach proper stance position. You are in a static posture where you punch and block without seeming to get anywhere. The point is to receive the shock and have it travel to the earth and punch from the stance with power. Physics lesson one - if the shock doesn't go to the earth then one of two things may happen. You fall over of you get injured at whatever joint the power stops at. Beginners can have both happen. Physics lesson two - If the power doesn't come from the stance (and therefore the earth) then one of two things will happen, the punch will have no power or one of the feet will slide causing the power to basically go out the foot rather than into your target. Physics reference one - every action has an equal and opposite reaction, the feet push back in order for the hand to move foreward. Physics reference two - the opponent moves or you do, pick one.
The stance is you base, it focuses your power in a rather specific direction and it builds the muscles that will allow you to do more.
- fighting -
The stance dictates attacks, it presents a target to the opponent and allows you to predict the opponents next move. The joke about kicking the bow stance in the front leg is only funny if your opponent has a week shin. the bow stance focuses power foreward and allows for charging or running attacks. You kick the shin and he charges foreward while your leg is in the air. Who is laughing now? I can kick a tree with my shin and hear the leaves shake, an axe kick to the shin will not even draw my attention. I can effectively ignore it as an attack and only pay attention to what is now open. Anything other than an attack to my closed side is just another mistake by my opponent and I don't even have to step to attack.
I will not go into any energetic qualities since those tend to be a combination of stances, favored tactics, stepping patterns, kung skills, and any healing training. This makes the energetic qualities style specific and the "only with a qualified instructor" reference implies the training involves this level of information.
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