Hi! My name is Dan Schmidt from Chinese Martial
Arts Center and for expertvillage.com. In this clip we’re going to be discussing Kung
Fu for kids. Right now, we’re going to be showing you the horse, bow, and the cat stance.
They go like this. You start feet together and hands on your hips. You step out with
the right leg about 1 ½ times shoulder width, you sink down with the back straight, thighs
parallel to the floor, knees pointing straight out, and hold it in this position. So from
here, you go to the bow stance. You turn to the right, thigh parallel to the floor, back
leg straight, shoulders squared. Okay, from here, we’re going to right into the cat
stance, so you keep all the weight on the front leg. Turn the right foot out about 45
degrees, step over this way, and just have the tip of the toe touching the floor. In
this one, you can slight the shoulders slightly downwards in the chest 45 degrees. All the
weight on the back leg like this. So Bri, come and show us the those fist 3 stances.
Start right here, ready, step out, horse, bow. Okay, now cat. Okay, thank you. Stances
in Kung Fu are used to build up the strength in the legs. They also have different applications
for fighting. Modern applications would be so horse stance would actually be like your
fighting position. So Jerry, if you can come over here. When facing somebody, you want
to stand like this, so that way just the side faces them. That’s where the horse stance
comes into place; you have a strong stance. Now, bow stance you want to use when lunging
in on something, like if I want to come in and punch this way, or also you can use it
for instance hook around the foot and press inward. Now, a cat stance is used for instances
such as yielding. If he comes in punching, you can lean back this way and then move in
from there. Also, you keep the weight on the back leg, so let’s say he kicks my foot,
there’s no weight on it so I’m okay. So if he kicks my leg out, I can just come in
and punch from there. Those are some basic applications for stance work in Kung Fu.