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How to Do the Horse Stance in Shaolin Kung Fu

Learn how to do the horse stance from Sifu Karl Romain in this Shaolin kung fu Howcast video.


Hi, I am Sifu Romain teaching you the horse stance, in Chinese we call this Ma-Bu. Ma meaning horse, Bu meaning stance. To begin with we'll start with the hands on the waist. An easy way to find the distance for the stance, which is approximately 3-1/2 feet, is to start from your standing horse position, feet shoulder width apart. From here you're gonna pivot on the balls of the feet, toes in. Now you're gonna pivot slightly on the heels, toes out. And one more time on the ball of the foot, toes in, and squat down into your stance. If you're still unsure if your stance is proper the width between your legs should match from one elbow to the next. Now the horse stance is one of the most important stances in Kung Fu; it provides you with a lot of stability. It's a great way to isolate the legs while training the hands. For example, if he holds his hand out, we could do basic punching, punch, punch. We could do blocking techniques, overhead block, inward block, outward block, downward block, etc. So back to your position here okay; this is also a very strong stance if I push from the side you can see how stable that is. It's a very good stance to use from a defensive standpoint as far as fighting because it blades the body, which means it limits the amount of target area that's open. I'm Sifu Romain, and that's how you do a horse stance.

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