Basic Stances

Start your journey in the right direction. With simple yet challenging exercises, this course will allow you to build a solid foundation for yourself. Even if you are not a beginner and already have some martial arts experience, you might still find some stances which may be challenging.

Basic Stances

Start your journey the right way. With the simple but challenging exercises in this course you will build a solid foundation for your self. Even if you are not a beginner and already have martial arts experience you will find some stance that maybe even are challenging and unusual for you.

Chapter 1 : Ma Bu - Horse Stance

The Horse Stance is one of the most important postures in Chinese Gong Fu and takes its name from the position assumed when riding a horse.


Chapter 2 : Ban Ma Bu – Half Horse Stance

This stance is similar to Ma Bu – Horse Stance, with the difference of the hip and front foot position. While in Ma Bu, both feet are looking into the direction we are facing, in Ban Ma Bu our upper body and head turn sideways

Chapter 3 : Gong Bu – Bow Stance

Most of the time Gong Bu – Bow Stance is assumed from Ma Bu – Horse Stance. From the Horse Stance the back leg is straightened out and the front leg maintains a 90 degree angle..

Chapter 4: Qi Long Bu – Riding the Dragon Stance

Due to a leg position assumed while riding or surfing, this stance is called Riding the Dragon or Surfing the Dragon. It can also be referred to as Gen Bu – Following Step.

Chapter 5: Qi Lin Bu – Riding the Qi Lin Stance

The Qi Lin  translates to the Chinese unicorn which is a marvelous creature. Together with the dragon, the phoenix and the tortoise, it is one of four magical creatures roaming the mythical world.

Chapter 6: Du Li Bu – Golden Rooster Stance

Du Li Bu – One Leg Stance is a short depiction for its full name The Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg – Jin Ji Du Li. As the name characterizes, the stance’s position is one legged.

Chapter 7: Xu Bu – Empty Stance

Xu Bu – Empty Stance owes its name due to the fact that the whole body weight is carried on the rear leg and the front leg stays empty. From this position the front leg can be moved freely.

Chapter 8: Xie Bu – Small Cross Stance

We describe Xie Bu as Small Cross Stance or Cross Step. Its main feature is a crossed over leg position and amongst others, it is also to be found in the 13 Pillar System as a Pillar called Xiang Long – Subduing the Dragon.

Chapter 9: Cha Bu – Big Cross Stance

The Big Cross Stance is similar to Xie Bu – Small Cross Stance. The main difference is that the back leg is straightened out fully. The correct alignment of the foot positioning is of importance for a clean stance.

Chapter 10: Pu Bu – Dive Stance

This stance is definitely one of the more challenging ones because it requires a low crouching position with one leg fully straightened out. Due to that, it is often referred to as Drop Stance or Low Stance.

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