PRACTICING THE HORSE-RIDING STANCE

Horse-Riding Stance

Practicing the Horse-Riding Stance



Question

I attempt it like this: hold a horse-riding stance for 1 minute, then rest for 1 minute. I do it 3 times per day which means 3 sets per session. Is this correct? I don't mind the hard work; I just want to become a great martial artist.


Answer

There is no hard and fast rule on how to practise the Horse-Riding Stance. My method is as follows.

“Sit” correctly on the Horse-Riding Stance for as long as you comfortably can. Then gradually increase the time of sitting. Practise just one session per day. Initially you may spend just a minute or two on the stance.

When you can sit correctly and comfortably for 5 minutes, you would have attained the minimum requirement for this basic training. This may take you about three months of daily practice. The emphasis is sitting on the stance correctly.

Hard work is necessary for accomplishment in any art. If you mind any hard work, you may as well forget about genuine kungfu training.

But putting in hard work on stance training alone is not the way to genuine kungfu training, not even at an ordinary level. For your sake, for the time being forget about becoming a great martial artist. You would certainly achieve more if you just concentrate on becoming a good kungfu student.

The first thing an aspiring good student does is to find a master, or at least a good living instructor. You are not even ready to make this effort, but expect to be proficient by learning from books. You certainly have a much misinformed idea of what genuine kungfu training is.

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