STANCE SET #1
by Ed Parker Sr.

OPENING: ATTENTION STANCE. BOW. DROP TO A MEDITATING HORSE
STANCE. OPEN YOUR HANDS. PLACE AND REST THEM ON YOUR
HIPS.

NOTE: Stance Set #1 is performed with the hands open, and placed
resting on your hips. This is to help you coordinate proper upper body
alignment with your stances.

1. Drag your left foot to your right foot into an attention stance.
2. Have your left foot step out to 9 o'clock into a horse stance,
facing 12 o'clock.
3. Have your left foot drop straight back toward 6 o'clock into a
right neutral bow, facing 12 o'clock.
4. Have your right foot drag to a right 45 degree cat stance, facing
12 o'clock.
5. Have your right foot step out to 3 o'clock into a horse stance,
facing 12 o'clock.
6. Have your right foot drop straight back toward 6 o'clock into a
left neutral bow, facing 12 o'clock.
7. Have your left foot drag to a left 45 degree cat stance, facing
12 o'clock.
8. Have your left foot slide back toward 6 o'clock into a right
front twist stance, facing 12 o'clock.
9. Pivot (in-place) into a right neutral bow, facing 12 o'clock.
10. Have your right foot slide back toward 6 o'clock into a left
front twist stance, facing 12 o'clock.
11. Pivot (in-place) into a left neutral bow, facing 12 o'clock.
12. Pivot (in-place) into a left reverse bow, facing 12 o'clock.
13. Pivot (in-place) into a left forward bow, facing 12 o'clock.
14. Switch into a right neutral bow by having your rear foot move to
the front and your front foot move to the rear.
15. Pivot (in-place) into a right reverse bow, facing 12 o'clock.
16. Pivot (in-place) into a right forward bow, facing 12 o'clock.
17. Pivot (in-place) into a right front rotating twist stance
facing 12 o'clock.
18. Have your left foot step forward toward 12 o'clock into a left
fighting horse stance (side horse) facing 12 o'clock.
19. Pivot (in-place) into a left front rotating twist stance, facing
12 o'clock.
20. Pivot (in-place) into a left neutral bow, facing 12 o'clock.
21. Have your left foot drop back and out toward 9 o'clock into a
horse stance, facing 12 o'clock.
22. Drag your left foot to your right foot into an attention stance.


CLOSING: DROP TO A MEDITATING HORSE STANCE. COME TO AN ATTENTION STANCE. BOW.


STANCE SET #1


CONTAINS:

1. Basic Stances:

a. Attention Stance
b. Horse Stance (Training)
c. Neutral Bow
d. 45 Degree Cat Stance
e. Reverse Bow
f. Forward Bow

2. Additional Stances:

a. Front Twist
b. Front Rotating Twist
c. Horse Stance (Fighting)

3. Basic Foot Maneuvers:

a. Step Through

1) Forward
2) Reverse

b. In-Place Stance Changes:

1) Pivoting
2) Switching

c. Step (away from your body):

1) Out
2) Back

d. Drag (toward your body)


TEACHES:

1. Proper weight distribution for specific stances.

2. How to increase distance when retreating.

3. How to decrease distance when advancing.

4. How to cover target areas with stances.

5. How to utilize transitory stances when advancing or retreating.

6. Continuity in stance changes.

7. How to coordinate proper upper body alignment with stances.

8. How to FEEL your way along the ground.

9. How to maintain proper Center of Gravity when moving from one
stance to another.

10. How to bring into SYNC the various types of body momentum,
working singularly or together, when moving from one stance
to another.

a. Horizontal (forward or reverse) momentum.
b. Rotational momentum (torque).
c. Vertical and/or diagonal momentum (Marriage of Gravity)



NOTES ON STANCE SET #1


1. Make a list of environments to practice this set.

The practice of this set in various environments and predicaments will add greatly to
your chances of survival on the street.

2. Practice the set with various rhythms:

a) mechanically (slow and fast)
b) fluid (slow and fast)
c) hard and fast
d) super fast

3. Practice the other side of the set.

4. Practice the set on a stairway.

5. Practice the set with various breathing patterns.

6. Wear various types of shoes when practicing the set.

7. Practice the set to various types of music.

8. Have a partner grab hold of your belt to provide resistance as you
move through the set. This will greatly increase your knowledge of
how to properly use your lower body for power.


Ed Parker Sr. Memories
Archived with the permission of Ed Parker Jr.
Ed Parker Sr. was the founder of the art known today as American Kenpo.
In these files, Ed Parker Jr. shares his fathers unpublished notes and other memories with us.