Note: All schools and styles have different variants of the following stances. These are a few of what we use. Also found many variants of the Korean phonetic spelling and pronunciation – but you get the idea.
Sitting Stance (ANNUNSUGI – sometimes called the horse-riding stance) Feet one and a half shoulder width apart, parallel and facing forward; Knees slightly bent, back straight.
L Stance (NEONSUGI) Narrow, feet positioned in the shape of an L – at a right angle to each other. Front foot about a step and a half ahead of the rear foot. Weight is on the rear foot unless otherwise directed. Body turned to the side, head facing forward.
Walking Stance (KUNNONSUGI) Feet shoulder width apart, one and a half times as long, parallel, facing forward, front knee bent back leg straight. Weight balanced.
Stances are the foundation. They are balance and the catalyst of strength. Powerful. Conveying that soon to be unleashed kinetic energy. When it is weak, you discover all the parts of your movements are also lacking.
We don’t walk around in an L-stance, posing for passerby’s. But our every day to day stance, says much about who and how we are. It can project confidence or defeat. It says talk to me or stay away.
As martial artists we take stock of our stances, always when we practice, but also when waiting in line at the supermarket.