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  • Can you find the mistakes (Horse Riding Stance)?

    How many Tai Chi teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
    … 100. One to change the light bulb and 99 to tell you “In our school, we do it a bit differently.”.

    I think this “joke” (is it?) also applies to the horse riding stance. Some schools will have it higher or lower, others wider or narrower.

    And I guess that even within our school, there might be some slight differences and personal choices.

    What do you think is wrong with the Horse Riding Stance displayed here?



    Students first!

    Best wishes,

    Leo
    Sifu Leonard Lackinger

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  • #2
    Hello :-) I think the stance is too deep, the feet are not parallel, there is something wrong with the hands and you look tensed.
    "No matter what you do, you must be clear in your conscience." - Sitaigung Ho
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    • #3
      the shoulders are going up and the chi is rising instead of sinking into the dan tien.
      Thank you for posting
      Engage and maintain joyful practice!

      May all of you get the best benefits from what you do.

      Anton Schmick
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      • #4
        Hey Sifu o\

        The Feets are not parallel and the stance is a littel bit to low.
        It´s a hole back to see.
        The Fists looking down and not forward the ellebows are not relext the shoulders looking not releasd.

        The hole Stand picture looking not relext and enjoeyt, it seems forced.

        All the Best o\

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        • #5
          Thank you for your comments, everyone!

          Here is the solution video for this week's riddle:



          All mistakes have been found.
          • The feet are not parallel. This is something some schools encourage, but in Shaolin Wahnam the instruction is clearly to have the feet pointing to the North.
          • The back is hollow, which was not easily to be seen.
          • The open palms should be facing towards the sky, not forward like the video shows. The raised shoulders and the tensed overall expression all come from the same root problem. Holding my hands wrongly was the only intention I had when recording the video. Elbows and shoulders just followed this seemingly small mistake.
          What have you done wrong in your practice of the horse riding stance, that you only discovered as wrong later on?

          What benefits did you gain by practicing correctly?

          Best wishes,

          Leo
          Sifu Leonard Lackinger

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Leo Shaolin View Post
            What have you done wrong in your practice of the horse riding stance, that you only discovered as wrong later on?

            What benefits did you gain by practicing correctly?

            Best wishes,

            Leo
            Thank you for another wonderful video brother

            Very early on in my practise I used to practise with a hollow back which caused tension around my waist and restricted the flow of energy. After correcting to a relaxed upright posture I noticed a markedly improvement in being able to relax and a more smoother flow of energy all around.

            With Shaolin Salute,
            Lee Wei Joo
            Last edited by LeeWeiJoo; 17th September 2018, 10:35 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Leo Shaolin View Post

              Here is the solution video for this week's riddle:



              What have you done wrong in your practice of the horse riding stance, that you only discovered as wrong later on?

              What benefits did you gain by practicing correctly?
              This is a very valuable video.

              A lot of people have poor posture. Various hollow back issues are common. I had this issue as well and I can say that anterior pelvic tilts are bad news. My lower back got really sore because of it. It took me a long time to learn to have a relaxed and neutral back all the way down to the tailbone.

              I recommend anyone to learn some anatomy and ergonomic principles, it all usually aligns with good kung fu principles.
              Last edited by David Langford; 18th September 2018, 06:29 AM.
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