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    Default Activating Stance

    What's an 'activating stance'?

    It was mentioned in another thread and I've never heard that term before.

    It would be cool if it were a stance that either activated all of the self-defense knowledge in the known universe into your body OR if it activated a flight mechanism in your opponent, but my guess is that it's likely something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylong View Post
    What's an 'activating stance'?

    It was mentioned in another thread and I've never heard that term before.

    It would be cool if it were a stance that either activated all of the self-defense knowledge in the known universe into your body OR if it activated a flight mechanism in your opponent, but my guess is that it's likely something else.

    --Amy
    never heard of it myself.. sounds more like a SL4 concept.. wait it isnt an acronym or hyphenated.. hrm... might be ours then.
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    Amy, I don't have much time, but I'll give you a quick idea of my understanding (and it is only mine, not the final word). Activating a stance involves engaging the proper muscle groups to support your action. Instead of draging the foot back as you step through reverse, you'd turn and weight the lead foot, then push off on it to step back. Same with a cat. Instead of rocking back and just unweighting the cating foot, turn it forward and apply presure, engaging those muscles to move. Not aplying tension, just engagment. I don't follow the activation entirely, as I break engagement momentarily in the step through reverse to do a PAM.

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    Default Re: Activating Stance

    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Amy, I don't have much time, but I'll give you a quick idea of my understanding (and it is only mine, not the final word). Activating a stance involves engaging the proper muscle groups to support your action. Instead of draging the foot back as you step through reverse, you'd turn and weight the lead foot, then push off on it to step back. Same with a cat. Instead of rocking back and just unweighting the cating foot, turn it forward and apply presure, engaging those muscles to move. Not aplying tension, just engagment. I don't follow the activation entirely, as I break engagement momentarily in the step through reverse to do a PAM.

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    would that be a switch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by madeku View Post
    would that be a switch?
    No, it's a step through reverse and/or a cat. But you'd similarly activate a switch as well.

    I'll see if I can find the threads where this was all talked about (and then you can all re-witness my fumbling attempts to work through this concept). If I don't get it now, I'll do it later. Still on the fly.

    Dan C

    Edit- here's two where there was some discussion:

    http://www.kenpotalk.com/forum/showt...6529#post36529

    Twist Stance

    I'll look later. There was one in particular where kicks were discussed, and I think a few more references to stance and footwork activation.
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    Default Re: Activating Stance

    Couple more:

    The natural standing position

    is front kicking for speed, power & deception a lost art?

    Also, i think I see where some of the confusion lies. In the thread you probably saw this term in, I got the source of this info confused. It's a UKF thing, but I somehow got the AKKI in my head. Mea culpa, ert al ...

    I better go over there and correct it too.

    'pologies to the Mills folk. (stupid-donkey).

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan View Post
    Couple more:

    The natural standing position

    is front kicking for speed, power & deception a lost art?

    Also, i think I see where some of the confusion lies. In the thread you probably saw this term in, I got the source of this info confused. It's a UKF thing, but I somehow got the AKKI in my head. Mea culpa, ert al ...

    I better go over there and correct it too.

    'pologies to the Mills folk. (stupid-donkey).

    Dan C
    We do the same thing, I guess we just call it something else. If I were in a "natural" stance and suddenly found that I needed to step back to a RNB, I wouldn't just step back with my left foot. I would engage my hips, and LAUNCH backward, pushing off of my right foot while moving my left foot into position and turning my right foot to the proper angle as I settled.
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    Very interesting stuff. Makes sense!

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