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    At Doc's seminar at the Ohana, he was showing us about how your horse stance has to be completely balanced to be strong.

    Heels out, knees out, knees bent, weight even.

    If you put your arms out, palms facing each other and someone tries to push them together, a balanced horse will allow you to be strong, whereas an unbalanced horse won't.

    It's funny because I've always known about being balanced, but this is a useful little tool I can use to make sure my students know I'm not just blowing smoke up their heinies or just picking on them.

    I did it last night and now they see why I tell them to tuck their butts under and what a difference it makes.

    Cool exercise.

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    Do you push at the elbows or at the wrist?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    Do you push at the elbows or at the wrist?
    Wrists or hands. It was a really interesting illustration of how to do a stance with proper alignment.

    I can tell my students all day long how to get into a proper stance, but this made them say, "Oh, yes, I can feel the difference."

    Just a cool tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    Wrists or hands. It was a really interesting illustration of how to do a stance with proper alignment.

    I can tell my students all day long how to get into a proper stance, but this made them say, "Oh, yes, I can feel the difference."

    Just a cool tool.

    --Amy
    LOL another one gets the SL4 fever...

    I can get my 7 year old into a horse stance that even I have to exert some effort to move her out of and I am something like 3.5 times her weight LOL. 1/4 inch of heel alignment, whodathunkit
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    I did it last night and now they see why I tell them to tuck their butts under and what a difference it makes.
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    I was exposed to this in hung gar and also from a friend that is a 4th in TKD. I will keep this in mind. I will have to go back and test my stability while keeping this in mind.

    Thanks Amy.

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    I did it last night in class, which was fun.

    There was one new guy though whose legs seem to be unable to bow out on one side. He said he hurt one knee. Is there a way to balance that?

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    That is awesome, sounds like a great tool to have in the kenpo tool box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    I did it last night in class, which was fun.

    There was one new guy though whose legs seem to be unable to bow out on one side. He said he hurt one knee. Is there a way to balance that?

    --Amy
    Usually there is some way to balance a deficiency due to an injury or physical abnormality. I couldn't answer the question without being in person and seeing it. Doc might have the answer for you though.

    On another note... how was the whole seminar? Mr. LaBountys, etc...? I heard Doc was moving quite a bit, in which case I'm curious, what did you think? (Feel free to start another thread).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bode View Post
    On another note... how was the whole seminar? Mr. LaBountys, etc...? I heard Doc was moving quite a bit, in which case I'm curious, what did you think? (Feel free to start another thread).
    Actually, there are two threads on it. One on the Ohana and one entitled 'Special Thanks.'

    It was outstanding. Tons of fun. Dr. Dave did a great job of putting it together and the presenters were a ton of fun. I'm still sore! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    Actually, there are two threads on it. One on the Ohana and one entitled 'Special Thanks.'

    It was outstanding. Tons of fun. Dr. Dave did a great job of putting it together and the presenters were a ton of fun. I'm still sore! lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    The body or the mind ?
    My mind was full at the end of the day, but not sore.

    I'm old. It's definitely a body thing. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    My mind was full at the end of the day, but not sore.

    I'm old. It's definitely a body thing. lol
    Me toooo, sometimes I forget to walk and fall down, but I do it with tech.
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