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How to Do Different Stances for UFC Training

Learn about stances from kickboxing champion Phil Nurse in this Howcast UFC training video.


My name is Kru Phil Nurse. I run a Muay Thai-style fighting gym in New York City called The Wat. We have some of the world champion fighters that trained at The Wat. If you want to find out more about The Wat, you can contact us at Today we're gonna be talking about the UFC. Going into stances. There are various ways of stances. I'm going to try and cover like three of them. One's Boxing Stance, Muay Thai Stance, and a Nai Stance. The Muay Thai Stance, Muay Thai Stance your hands are pretty tall and you got to have a bit more of a round vision of what's coming your way.. My hands being out, I can see the knees, I can see the punches, I can see the kicks, I got a lot more of a peripheral vision that I can see with. With the Boxing Stance, my hands come back a little bit more. Now imagine I have a boxing glove on, a big boxing glove here, I cant necessarily see the person's knees. So If I am in a Muay Thai fight and I am fighting like this, now I don't see his knees or his legs as well as if I had them like this - so that's a slight change of the two. Now MMA, the person is trying to take me down, I got to cover my legs, I can't be so tall, I can drop all of this, and I lower my stance, and I stay very, very low watching for the shoot so I can sprawl and get out of trouble. Probably could still have the Muay Style open so I can still see what's going on but the level is lowered completely.

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