Shaolin Lessons

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When it comes to Shaolin, there are a few very important things every Kung Fu student needs to know. Take Shaolin lessons with help from a specialist in traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sifu Keith Mazza of the Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Right now, we'll discuss Shaolin lessons. Upon visiting Shaolin, one of the key components that the monks worked on is proper stance, structure and foundation. The key to developing power in Shaolin Martial Arts is proper stance development. Today, we will review three of them. The first of the three stances we're going to demonstrate, Michelle is going to demonstrate the high horse stance. "Michelle please." The feet are a little wider than shoulder width, knees in slightly, the pelvis is up and she grabs onto the ground with her toes. We're going to stop by holding this stance for one minute and work your way up to 30 minutes. This should be part of your daily practice. "Michelle side view please." The key point of attention here, make sure that your toes are on the same line; once again, the knees are in, pelvis is up and grab the ground with your toes. Move in through the bow and arrow stance; "please Michelle". In your bow and arrow stance, the front knee is bent 90 degrees and the back leg is taut just like a bow strand. With this stance, once again, start with a minute and work your way up to 15 minutes each side. "Michelle please show them the front view please." As you can see, the front toe and the back heel are in line here. The shoulders are square and the hands are place on the hips. Good. "Michelle can you demonstrate the cat stance?" The last stance we're going to demonstrate today is the cat stance or sometimes known as the hanging foot stance. This is the hardest stance to hold. So, we could start with 30 seconds and work our way up to five minutes. "Michelle can you show them on the opposite side, just a side stance." Good. Good. Now, back to horse stance please. In the horse stance it's good for side on power; so, if somebody were pressing at you, if you took a side run power, you got very good resistance. This was Shaolin lessons; once again, I'm Sifu Keith Mazza of the Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. If you enjoyed what you just watched, please feel free to visit our website, Thank you.


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