Horse Stance - Chinese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Mabu is used for endurance training as well as strengthening the back and leg muscles, tendon strength, and overall feeling and understanding of "feeling grounded".

There are five main Horse Stances used in Shaolin kungfu:

  • Front Horse (Horse Stance): A wide low stance, legs to the side, used to build up the back.
  • Straight horse: A long, low stance, should not be able to see toes; used to prevent being swept, and also used to advance when striking. Also called bow stance.
  • Hanging Horse: Used for retreating when there is no room usually, can be used for blocking then going to advance strike.
  • Cross Horse: Used for parrying usually. Also called cat stance.
  • Drop Horse: Similar to the Straight Horse, except used to duck. Like the Hanging horse, the weight is on the back leg.

See also Wushu Stances for more information.

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