General Ready Stance


Technique Review April 17, 2018

Shalom everyone. Welcome to this week’s technique review. It’s about the general outlet stance. General fighting stance.

Video transcript

Shalom everyone. Welcome to this week’s technique review. It’s about the general outlet stance. General fighting stance. There are different names for this, translation from Hebrew is something like general outlet stance. Since there are so many outlets selling different stuff, it becomes a bit a strange name, at least in some countries. Anyhow, it is about the ready general purpose position. So, that’s the stance. Now we look at the stance, and we say like this. If I’m standing with my legs closed tight together, then balance is very poor to any direction.

If I’m opening, it’s very good sideways. If I’m opening backwards, very good for backwards. Sideways is not. So the whole idea was, let’s try to find something in between I’ve got two legs, and we have to try to make a square or triangle with two legs. Not so comfortable. So the idea is, that we’ll create a stance that is a bit wide, and a bit long. So we’re saying, if we’re in a passive stance, we step with the left leg forward for most people who are right-handed, the lead hand is the weak hand. The strong hand is the back hand. So in this case, just step forward, you’re in the stance. But, the front leg, should be turned a little bit in.

The purpose is main two things. One, defending the groin area. That’s one. Two, it is stopping the body from falling forward in the back-hand punch in the right … straight or something like this. So although it is also helping us obviously in the hooks, in the upper cuts, in the hammers, of the back hand. So the front leg, front foot, from the forward, it’s about 30 degrees, 20 degrees inward. The back leg, is more or less pointing forward obviously because there is an angle in the hips. It’s comfortable also to have angle in the legs. Because we’re not a sport and we do expect a kick to the groin. We cannot open the legs too much. So definitely close the front leg in order to be able to defend with it.

Regarding the position of the hands, it’s for defenses, and for attacks. So if I’m a little bit forward, easier for some of the defenses. If I’m more backwards, easier for the faster striking. I have to say I’m to have something in between. Overall, we’re saying that the elbows should be down, and a little bit in front of the ribs. That’s the idea. The whole body is tilted a little bit forward or shifted the weight forward. So we say like this. If I’m standing on both feet, I’m 50-50, with my weight on each leg. If I raise the back-heel a little bit, then about 60-40. That’s a little bit basic. So front leg, 60% of the weight. Regarding the position of the arms, it’s for the different defenses, and for the different attacks as I said before, and of course, each technique can be done from here.

Obviously, when we say that’s the general outlet stance, or the general … we can say even fighting stance or the fighting is personal, obviously, we say that from this position, we should be able to attack two different directions. Example, sideways, or backwards. It’s no issue. Yes? If I’m in this position and then suddenly I understand that the target is somewhere else, I should be able to attack that somewhere. Yes? That direction. New direction. For example, if there’s a target there, kicking while turning is one option, or from this position without turning.

So do I need any preparation to attack with a certain limb or not? For example attacking backwards, or attacking backwards. Obviously we talk about sideways, we talk about backwards. Somehow, we sense an enemy in that direction, we almost always look, and we can look and then attack which takes more time, then we have to react I mean, or we attack while we look. But then obviously it depends how fast we can make decision. This is some basic elements about the general outlet stance. Directly, I said it from Hebrew.

And again, I would like to say something about the fighting stance. Fighting is personal so if you’re a bit stock and shorter and you would like more to grapple, you will have one type of stance.

If you’re a bit taller and you like more kicking, you have another type of stance, obviously. So something that you like and prefer, or there’s something that you have to do. So somebody who likes to kick, will start from certain position. The moment he will need to behave differently, for example more … a bit different striking, or maybe a little bit stopping a grappler, the stance will change. It will change while you’re acting. That’s the idea. So starting position, the moment we start acting, it is simple like this. From here, I need to defend. Obviously I’m changing the position. I’m changing the stance. I’m in action. So actions, obviously you’re changing all the time, the action, according to the situation.

Changing the stance according to the need. All the best guys.

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