How to Do Horse Stance: Tips for a Real Fight

How to Do Horse Stance: Tips for a Real Fight

Howdy. Ando here from SenseiAndo. You know, there’s a lot of confusion in the
martial arts world about the proper way to do a horse stance. So, I came down here to talk to my friend
Tony to get the inside scoop. And I’m going to tell you what he told me
right now. So, I ask Tony, “How do you do a proper horse
stance?” He laughed at me. He just said, “Ando, you horse’s ass,
the question isn’t HOW do you do a horse stance, the question is WHY are you doing
a horse stance?” Good question. I mean, what is a horse stance anyway? A horse stance is just a moment when you spread
your weight out evenly over both legs. Now, some people would say that a stance like
this is just for exercise. You would never hold a stance like a horse
stance in a real fight. Well, no kidding! Guess what? You shouldn’t hold ANY stance in a real
fight. No matter what you do, if you stay still in
a real fight, well, there’s a good chance you’re going to get smeared on the pavement
like cream cheese on a bagel. So, here’s a rule: You should always be
moving THROUGH a stance, not TO a stance. If you think of horse stance as a transition
and not a position, then you’ll find yourself using your horse stance all the time. This is my friend, Julio. He’s gonna help us take a look at some horse
stances. Normally, I don’t work out with guys who
don’t wear pants, but I just can’t say no to Julio. All right. So, let’s say I’m going to do a variation
of a basic hip throw. So, you lower your level. This is a horse stance. I push my hips back to give him a platform
to fall around. All right. Now, I’m in this horse stance with my hips
back. If I stay here, that’s trouble, right? He might be holding on to my shirt or my hair
trying to pull me down into this fight. So, immediately, I straighten out my hips. Still a horse stance, but now my back is straight. Maybe I want to punish him. With my back still straight, I break that
arm around my knee or up and over. Either way, horse stance, two different kinds. Let me show you another example… Let’s say I duck under for a double. If my hips are back in this type of horse
stance, well, then I’m in big trouble for a guillotine. But if my hips are under me or even a little
forward, then I have the leverage to make this takedown work. So, finish the double. Now, what happens if you ended up in some
type of guard position and you’re in between the legs? Again, hips are back, your posture can get
pulled down and broken. So, as you’re trying to stand back up to your
feet, which is what I like to do, you’re getting into a horse stance, basically. Again, hips back? This is the wrong time for that horse. I straighten out so I can start shaking or
breaking, right? But what if he’s got a hook on me, though? He’s got a foot and he’s messing around. So, I need three different horse stances here. First, I need to be able to keep my weight
low, pop my hips back to shake off that hook, then be able to move through the straight
hips and push my hips forward to take up that space, so I can glide up here and continue
my fight. So, how do you do a proper horse stance? Should your hips be back, straight, or in? Well, you just saw it— there’s more than
one way to use a horse stance, which means there’s more than one way to do a horse stance,
which means there’s no such thing as the one, proper way to do a horse stance, which also
means you should be practicing all off them! Try this… Holding a horse stance for 5 minutes, 10 minutes,
or longer, that’s impressive, but it’s not necessarily a fighting skill. Instead, you should consider moving your hips
around. To the side. To the left. To your cat stance. To your front stance. The goal is to be able to stay low and not
be frozen. You want to be flexible and mobile in your
hips so that you’re prepared to do anything. If you’re still wondering like, where should
I put my knees, where should I put my feet, remember— ask why first, how second. Let your brain tell you what to do, and let
your body tell you how. And that’s your tip, straight from the horse’s
mouth. If you liked that tip, don’t forget to hit
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keep fighting for a happy life.

68 thoughts on “How to Do Horse Stance: Tips for a Real Fight

  1. Sensei Ando, I like the video, very good explanation on how to use the horse stance. Have to say funniest video you have thus far.

  2. its been a minute. but still you bringing great videos. i never thought about rotating the hips in any stance. thanks again.

  3. Like cream cheese on a bagel! But we know cream cheese doesn't work in a street fight, you have to use peanut butter!
    Silat has tons of horse stance too, used in super cool ways, similar to how you broke it down.

  4. no dislikes Ando, you are doing something right haha. I love this channel and you explain so many things a lot better than other masters and instructors can.

  5. So much great material in such a short video ! Thanks for the concentrate of awesomeness ! Nice beard too, although I think that just a moustache and a cow-boy hat would have been more appropriate for that particular video ;). Thanks again, Sensei Ando !

  6. Nice video… I wanna put my knowledge at this point, too…
    The stances are not to stand in this position in front of the
    opponent or only for exercise…They are infight techniques to bind the opponent to you
    (horse stance), to joint locking his legs (jade stance) or takedown the
    opponent (tiger stance)… That are not stances it are techniques…
    Example no of your kung fu techniques are working if you didn´t bind the enemy to you…
    Two advantages: 1. You know what the opponent can do cause binding means limiting the things the enemy can do…
    2. You can do techniques much better then standing in front of him…
    Example: He stands with his left leg in front also typical kick boxer… You too…
    He punches with the left hand…You block it with your left arm to slow him down…
    In the next millisecond after the block you grab his arm to bind him in the first step. Then you take a step forward with your right leg behind his left front leg (horse stance) to bind him even more…
    You see you limited the opponent so much that he only can do 2-3 things…and thats easy to measure up…
    Now from the horse stance you can go in "jade stance" to joint lock him or to do the cat/tiger stance to pull his leg away and bring him to fall…

    Of course a fight is very dynamic but maybe you got an idea what are typically applications for the stances… I´ll do a video about this too…
    THX Ando for the great video!

  7. As an Mma fighter I use the horse stance on the cage to set up takedowns or push someone to the Cage like a sumo wrestler

  8. Another great video Sensei.. Good philosophy the "why 1st/how 2nd'..
    Universally applicable. Moving Through the stances low that way sets you up to move incredibly well when you switch to "normal height" fighting stances. I was hung up for years on what a "proper" horse stance was, this was an eye opener, thanks Sensei Ando !

  9. Hello Sensei, I've got one request. Can you please, in the future, upload tutorials of 'hook kick' & 'basic back kick' like you did for side kick. Thank you 🙂

  10. This has to be one of the most practical explanations I've heard regarding the horse stance ever! Looking forward to more of your lessons, Sir! ^_^ Cheers!

  11. Can't say enough how great teacher you are! But is that right if someone say the purpose of stance is just to make our legs strong and improve our stemina?

  12. Love your content Sir, really great stuff. However I feel like your Uke Julio is just phoning things in. Not a lot of break falls or even passive feeds or counters going on. May want to have a talk him him about the importance of the role of an Uke and it's impact on proper training.

  13. Yes that is truth : Keep moving. Love it. Never forget Bu in Mabu mean STEP! Here is my video : (french ^_^)

  14. sensei how can i make my legs stronger for round kick..or houndhouse kicks or even any kind of kicks..and which part of my legs should i really focus on and any tips for stronger legs plzz sensei 🙂

  15. I am relatively new to the martial arts. This is the first video that I have seen that answered a question, I was afraid to ask. Thank You!

  16. I use horse stance for fighting all the time. I adapted every technique for horse stance. I use in sparrings (fighting) things like bowstance and pendulum steps. I am fascinating with footwork of fencing and horse stance. I do K1 but my basics are semi contact kickboxing. Look to my videos please.

  17. lol bro
    not bad at all.
    origin of the horse stance comes from fighting on horseback. neural bow is to hold your bow in a neural position, forward bow is to point your bow forward.

  18. Good video. Why is it called Horse Stance though? I'm no cowboy but still, I've never seen a horse stand like that. 🙂

  19. i do both karate and world taekwondo and i completely understand why they do the horse stance the way they do

  20. sir you are doing great work
    here's one suggestion for you
    can you make series on any one martial arts style from starting for the beginners

  21. We do the Horse Stance with feet at about shoulder width apart just like riding a real horse. We maintain good verticle posture while holding it as long as we possibly can, we barely have enough energy to push ourselves back up. This causes our legs to become springy for jumping height and kicking power, as well as speed. This is actually the original and ancient way of doing the Horse Stance. You can also sit on a stool, then see how you naturally sit on the stool. Now do it the same way but no stool this time and hold it until your legs are shaking badly. Once you become used to doing this, you'll be able to go lower and lower until your thighs are parallel with the ground and still keep good posture without leaning forward.

  22. it's almost ironic to me that Karate moves are so apt for wrestling. I wonder if Te had all these kihon consolidated as a sneaky way of inculcating TDD to future generations.

    Also I thought the ninja guy was an actual person for a couple seconds.

  23. As a Sanda kickboxer, I always looked at the horse stance as sort of an exercise. This just opened my eyes! You're the best, man! 🙂

  24. Yeah, the conditioning exercises often lead to misconceptions about stances. Strong stances are a prerequisite of reliably effective techniques. So are what we call tai sabaki (body positioning…entering and passing) and maai (space between opponents). These 3 components of lower body structure are the most important aspects of the combative arts. Holding these traditional stances for long periods of time is the FIRST step toward learning to use them effectively. Often times, instructors don't explain this well and students try to "skate" through this comparatively unpleasant aspect of training. The inevitable result is weak technique. As you said: ALL stances are fluid in practical application…even your "ready" or "fighting" stance, because moving targets are harder to hit and constant shifting and reposturing makes it much more difficult for an attacker to select an attack plan.

  25. How to do a Horse stance :)) brings an actual horse :)))) so funny. Would love to also ask Sensei Ando about the Dragon Punch 😀

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