Stretches With Your Stances
With this in mind, I recently went back to try to address some of the issues I’ve had with my stances throughout my more than 15 years of practice. I’ve read books, watched videos, consulted physical therapists, and experimented on myself to find what works the best, and now I want to share some of those tips with you.
When you bring up stances, often the first thing you think of is sitting in a horse stance for interminable lengths of time, sweat running down your face, and legs shaking. There is value in holding stances, which is why it has been such a staple of martial arts training from the beginning of time, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to supplement your training. With this article, we will look at several ways to improve your flexibility and let you get down into those deep stances with more ease.
Martial artists often have a love of stretching, one of the favorite goals being the splits. Nothing looks quite as cool as dropping down to the ground in a side or front split. But due to the focus on achieving these awesome goals, oftentimes the flexibility goals necessary for proper stance alignment are ignored. Let’s look at some stretches you can add into your repertoire to help round out your alignment and allow you to have more well-rounded flexibility.