CIANIgger wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:00 pm
VoiceOfReasonPast wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:43 pm
I never got that "stance". Wouldn't it make more sense to keep the arms closer to the body aka your gadgets in case you need to shank someone?
I don't know this for a fact, but most martial arts have what's traditional and what's practical.
Many teachers teach traditional forms because it's all about the discipline. They more often than not have no use on an actual fight, but that's why you see the stupid ass stances and shit.
Stances and shit is also a robotic way to teach natural movement. That's what they do with some of them katas.
It's hard to explain. Basically, stances are like a way of positioning yourself to make you harder to knock over and harder to beat up. Well, some of them. Some stances are useless.
But you're not going to be using stances like a robot, locked into one stance at a time and transitioning roughly like in a kata. That's bullshit.
So, the kata shit is there for when you don't know how to stand and how to move. Stances teach you how you should be positioning yourself, and how you should move. But it isn't natural yet, which is why it's robotic bullshit and the stances aren't going to work in a fight.
Theoretically at least, you're supposed to do the kata bullshit along with sparring and everything else until the movement becomes natural and you fluidly transition stances without being limited or locked into stances. If you look at old kung fu movies like the 36th chamber of shaolin, I think you can see how some of this works, where they implement traditional stances into sparring/combat. Of course it's all fake for hollywood, but my point is just that it CAN look and feel natural.
Even if you're an MMA tapoutfag, you still learn "stances." You might not call it that, but you learn how to move and how to transition between different guard positions that are more advantageous than standing there like a lump. Hands up, head down is a stance, even if MMA guys don't think it is.
Oh and some of the more esoteric and weird stances are ways of teaching you how to recover from moves without opening yourself up as much, like the standing on one leg stances and that shit.