The Basic Fighting Stance + 3 Essential Variants | Effective Martial Arts
Hi, I’m Patrick Fulop, this is Effective Martial
Arts. In this lesson: The Fighting Stance. Alright, so the very first thing you need
to know to be able to defend yourself, is how to stand. This position and the variants
I’m about to show you allow you to have the optimal balance between stability, mobility,
and protection in a fight. Here’s how to do it.
Overview first; you got your basic fighting stance, low fighting stance, front fighting
twist, back fighting twist, and fighting sway. These are the positions you’ll be alternating
between while you step, strike, block and dodge.
Now, basic fighting stance: just follow me as if you were looking at yourself in a mirror,
and keep an eye on the side view for details. So, feet shoulder width apart laterally, and
one good step’s distance front and back. This wide base allows you to brace solidly for
impact, or move quickly in any direction; front and back, or side to side. Front foot
pointing forward, back foot angled at 45, weight spread out 50-50 on both legs, and
concentrated on the ball of the feet with heels light so you can pivot easily, and knees
bent, so you can use of the powerful muscles in your legs to react quickly. Body angled
at 45 to minimize target area on the plexus, chin down and shoulders raised to protect
the jaw against knockouts, eyes forward to see what’s going on, elbows in to protect
the ribs, and hands up at face level so you can easily block, or throw punches.
It’s generally best to show your palms in front to demonstrate non-aggressiveness, and
this also allows you to block or grab easier. The best strategy is to clench your fists
only when you’re ready to attack. Now from this basic stance, you have a couple
variants. First is your low stance. You’re gonna use
this when ducking under punches, going in for a takedown, defending against one, or
to give body shots. It’s quite simple, just widen your base slightly, bend your knees
slightly to the outside, drop your level, and keep your hands up. Careful not to dip
your body forward too much. Next are your basic fighting twists. These
are the essential positions you’ll use to generate more power for your punches.
Front fighting twist: bring your weight on the front leg about 70-30, bend your front
knee, and grip the ground with your front foot. Lift your back heel and pivot it outside
so that your back knee is pointing towards the front knee, rotate your hips and shoulders
into the movement until your chest is facing outside towards your front leg, and invert
your guard, keeping your chin down, shoulders raised, eyes in front, elbows in, and hands
up. This stance is a must for throwing any punch with your back hand. More on this later.
Now, back fighting twist: push off your front leg, transferring weight on your back leg
70-30, making sure your back knee stays bent, and back foot grips the ground. Lift your
front heel, pivot it around to the outside, point your front knee towards the back one,
and turn your hips and shoulders on the inside, until your body is facing sideways. Make sure
you keep on looking forward, chin down, shoulders raised, and hands up. This is the stance you’ll
most often use to punch with your lead hand, sometimes with more, or less weight on your
front foot. You should be able to transition quickly from
front to back, and back to front fighting twist while maintaining good stability. This
is a great drill to practice regularly to add power to your punches.
And lastly, once you’re comfortable with all these variants, you want to add a little sway
to your stance, alternating between a light hop, jog, or walk, and always vary your rhythm
so you stay unpredictable. I also recommend you practice your fighting
stances on both sides, so that you’re ready for any situation.
So recap: basic fighting stance, low fighting stance, front fighting twist, back fighting
twist, and fighting sway. And that’s how you stand, in a fight. Once
you got this, you’l have a strong foundation to start learning all the basic steps, strikes,
dodges and blocks. By the way, if you enjoyed this video, hit
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