Daily Archives: October 10, 2012

What’s in a Crane Stance?

Day Two of the basic skill development workshop tonight conducted by Brian K. Leishman. The overall focus is on the attributes associated with single leg stances (e.g. crane stances). These biomechanical positions are used in the lower body region to guardstrikeblock, and parrying.

Ever wondered why you don’t see many Crane (single leg) Stances in professional fighting?  Try to recall the last time you ever saw someone in a professional fighting league such as the UFC, where either combatant used an efficient and effective Crane Stance?  Probably never.

There is a real reason for this.  The answer is that people do not use what they don’t believe will work for them.  This applies to any subject matter in any industry, but especially within the Combative Arts.

Within our system we often speak of “Professional Kata” demonstrations, where world class masters of style display their various forms.  But interestingly enough, we never see those same forms used when those same individuals begin to fight or spar.  Why?  Because they can’t make it work.

But just because millions of people are doing something wrong, doesn’t make it right.  Nor does it discount the fact that it’s possible to utilize these forms in an effective combative manor.  If you’d like to understand how to do this, I recommend attending our next workshop.

Ranking System


White Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical positionsguarding positionsstriking positionsblocking positionsparrying positionsgrappling positions, and throwing positions.

Yellow Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical actionsguarding actionsstriking actionsblocking actionsparrying actionsgrappling actions, and throwing actions.

Orange Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical presentationsguarding presentationsstriking presentationsblocking presentationsparrying presentationsgrappling presentations, and throwing presentations.

Green Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of techniquesguarding techniques,striking techniquesblocking techniquesparrying techniquesgrappling techniques, and throwing techniques.

Blue Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of tacticsguarding tacticsstriking tactics,blocking tacticsparrying tacticsgrappling tactics, and throwing tactics.

Brown Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of strategiesguarding strategies,striking strategiesblocking strategiesparrying strategiesgrappling strategies, and throwing strategies.

Black Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the completions of the system’s skill sets; guarding skillsstriking skillsblocking skillsparrying skillsgrappling skills, and throwing skills.


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