Stance is defined as the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in cricket, golf, and other sports); a person’s posture.
“she altered her stance, resting all her weight on one leg”
|synonyms:||posture, body position, pose, attitude, bearing
“the kick is performed by starting from a natural stance and bringing up the right leg”
*Extract from Dictionary
Everything comes from your stance. Your power, your mobility, your strikes, grapples and defenses, it all begins with a stance.
When your stance lacks balance and stability, it will be hard for you to execute effectively your offensive and defensive techniques. You need to have a correct form before you can truly defend yourself against any attack in any situation.
So the question is; how do you attain a correct stance?
A correct stance must have a strong and stable base. And that means, ensuring your body weight are balanced firmly on your legs. Imagine forming a triangle with your body. Your legs are the base of the triangle and your head the apex. The upper body must be firmly settled on this strong base, and the back kept straight, or perpendicular to the ground. Although an effective attack is impossible without a strong stance, it is only necessary to assume this position just before delivering an attack. If you concentrate too much on remaining in a firm and stable position, you will lose mobility.
From this base all parts of the body must work together harmoniously as a single unit. My previous article talks about proper posture and how the body works together as one. In other words, the feet, legs, trunk, arms, and hands must be well controlled individually, but at the same time work together as a unit.
Poor form brings unnecessary muscles into play, muscles which often hamper speedy and powerful movements. So do practice your stances.
Too often, we focus on blocks. kicks and punches, self-defense techniques and forget to practice our stances. Practice them in class. Practice them in motion. Practice them every time.