[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/AlCase31.jpg]This article is true for Karate, Taekwondo, Kenpo, or whatever art that has the old style stances from traditional martial arts. You see, certain principles are true about stances, and there are things people do that are lies. This bit of writing will give you the hard core scientific reasons so you can make up your mind how you want to do your training.
First, the real reason behind stances is to connect a person to the planet. This means to make unable to move, as in immoveable object. Or to connect if one is getting ready to launch the body through space.
That important fact noted, should you go fanatic on having low stances? Low stances build better muscles, but that is really not what is important. The most important thing to remember here is that the deeper you get, the more energy you have to manufacture, and that is a good thing.
However, let’s say a guy is getting on in years, or has a bad leg, or something. He can’t get low in his kata, so does that mean his art is less than good? The answer is going to be a fat resounding no, but that is only if a person knows one important thing.
The purpose behind stances is to connect a person to the planet. That means to thrust a beam of energy down, to grow awareness of your connection with the earth. So you can have high stances, build your awareness, thrust an energy beam down your leg, and have a quite superior art.
Now, which particular arts can prove this point to be true? Well, there is good Wing Chun, good Kenpo, good Tai Chi…good just about any art you can find. Please note that I am being specific when I say ‘good.’
Bad arts don’t understand this factor, nor demonstrate it through their students. But a student who is trained to hold his footwork, to keep his position in space under attack, is practicing a good art. Workability, that defines ‘good.’
In conclusion, the student must know the purpose behind his stances. And, while low is very important, true martial arts don’t just build muscle, they rely on intelligence and awareness. Understand these points, and your karate stances, or kenpo stances or taekwondo stances, or whatever art you stand in, will be of high quality.