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cross leg stance

Postby tico » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:47 am


I hear other things from differend teachers. When you do the cross leg stance, does the knee toutch the calf?

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Postby darth_freak » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:59 pm

there're 2 kinds of zuo pan bu. the one we do in YMAA, the knee should be just behind the heel, 5 inches from the ground.

The other one is with the buttocks almost touching the ground or even touching it I'm not sure...but I don't know about the knee touching the calf for this one.
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Postby nyang » Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:41 am

in my experience, knee touching the calf is bad. it implies some kind of pressure of your knee into your calf, so it's biased weight. if you have to move from that position, you have to counteract that weight first.

of course, there's the possibility that you ever-so-lightly touch your knee on your calf, but dealing with that precision in a quick sparring situation seems pointless.

a note to YMAA practitioners, Unicorn Stance is the one where the knee is behind the heel; it is more forward and backward. Cross-Leg Stance, the back leg is more to the side, as in crab-walking or side-kicks. we usually also say knee 1-2 inches from the ground. it makes for better training ;) of course in a real situation, it would be higher. but when you're training, train lower.
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Postby meditationsolution » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:47 am

Hi nyang,

As you explained because of the difference in the weight the knee touching the calf is not a good position. The right position is the knee to be behind the heel.

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Postby Dvivid » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:31 am

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