Thread: Horse Stance FTW!!!
5/16/2007 8:47pm, #1
Horse Stance FTW!!!
Allright... I know that more than a few of you bullies out there have done some pretty long hours of horse stance. What I want to know is what you think the benefits of such an excercise are if you even think that there are any. I also want to hear from the people that say that horse stance is a go-tarded worthless waste of time.
I have read people talking a little about this stuff but it has never been a real comprehensive talk. I am also a little more interested in people's opinion from within cma.
Give me sources of amazing science to gaze upon. I know there has to be some good info on this stuff out there.
5/16/2007 11:22pm, #2
It's of no use because you don't activate the muscles in the lower body ways that are used in an actual fight.
The angle of resistance is wrong; gravity lends resistance straight down, opponents don't resist in that direction.
The amount and type of resistance is wrong; you are only resisting your own bodyweight. To make this strenuous enough to provide overload, you need to spend minutes on it. Resistance from an opponent will be short quick and explosive which means you need to condition against that sort of resistance. This means much heavier weight for much shorter duration. Fighting is never decided by who can spend the longest amount of time in a squatted position.
5/17/2007 2:26am, #3Originally Posted by Alex
Virus, do you think that all isometric excercise is worthless to martial training? What about body weight excercise? I would think that horse stance is both. Could it be that horse stance gives you different benefits that squats do not give? Being able to do squats doesn't give you the ability to do horse stance for longer does it?
5/17/2007 2:45am, #4
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To me most if not all stance-based work is a waste of time in my eyes.
While I havent had to do a horse stance hold in 15 years, as I recall, there was no benefit that could not be obtained elsewhere.
You mentioned the Squat...
The beauty of the squat is that done correctly, it works much more than just the legs. To me, it seems a waste to do an exercise that only really benefits one aspect of "the game".
5/17/2007 3:04am, #5
spent roughly 2 and a half years doing them in kung fu, 3 or so doing them in karate... nope, cant think of a single damn thing they were useful for.
5/17/2007 3:22am, #6
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Do squats with someone on your back and your arms out straight holding a medicine ball instead." The reason elite level MMAists don't fight with aikido is the same reason elite level swimmers don't swim with their lips." - Virus
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5/17/2007 3:53am, #7
Originally Posted by Virus
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5/17/2007 5:56am, #8Originally Posted by EmetShamash
In response to your questions, I don't think all bodyweight exercises are useless.
I don't see much use for isometrics in martial arts, they aren't very common in sports conditioning. You see them in stuff like arm wrestling. But I could be wrong, maybe if I thought about it I would find something that happens in combat that depends on an isometric contraction but off the top of my head I can't really think of any.
Squats are one of the best general conditioners of the lower body. Although the angle of resistance tends to be near vertical it's still better than horse stances. They will build mass on the legs which make for a harder kick, and that mass will help protect against injury. A factor you have to take into consideration is what training equipment you have available.
For developing power in the double-leg takedown ideally you would use a cable device that allows you to place the resistance directly behind you and attach the cables to the arms, legs and waist and have them perform the double leg movement. Such equipment is not always available and you have to work with what you've got. If you have your bog-standard gym with a squat rack then doing heavy squats, building up to explosive lifts would be a much better choice for training explosive wrestling takedowns.
They tend to use the horse stance in striking arts and I can't think of any time you use that position in standing striking.
5/17/2007 6:29am, #9
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Look up isometric exercise and check out the disadvantages. I've held the horse stances in the past, useless. If you're in horse stance while doing some drills than it is more helpful, but holding a static stance didn't help me. I got more benefits from holding low stances while moving around.
The horse stance has some application in throws.
5/17/2007 8:30am, #10
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they are a good conditioning exercise.