Já, ég var alveg búinn að gleyma huga.is :p … Ég er heldur í latari kantinum í dag, þannig að ég nenni nú ekki að þýða grein eftir sjálfan mig. Datt í hug að ræsa umræður á svipuðum slóðum og ég er á í þessari pælingu (af fullkomlega sjálfselskum ástæðum :)

“The importance of stance is something very fundamental to my technical development as a martial artist. The idea of an economical platform for performance of technique is essential to solid fundamentals. When I started boxing after years of traditional Shotokan karate stance training, I probably disregarded what stance training had done for me. In fact, I tried to totally forget about karate and concentrated on moving ‘like a boxer’. That meant Ali. The result was a very fleet footed, featherfisted boxer who couldn't punch properly. I no longer had any base for hips to make an impact on my punching. I hadn't acquired the ability to sit down on my punches. My brain hadn't made the connection that what I needed was a stance in between my heavily immobile and powerful zenkutsu dachi and the mocking-of-Ali type ‘boxing stance’ (which was anything but). After my first fight as a boxer I was forced to accept the reality of the ineffectiveness of this new stance I had adopted.

After a few weeks of rest, I started training again. Things started happening. I connected again to the feeling of a central axis powering my straight left hand (I'm a southpaw). It was a moment of pure enlightenment - a small but pivotal one. Rotation of the central axis gave tremendous power to my straight punches and once I started applying this principle, I enjoyed a small success as a puncher. After another hiatus from boxing, I started to experiment with applying more weight on my back foot. In fact I liked to keep most of my weight there. This made me grow tremendously as a counterpuncher. Over time I would find a way to distribute all my weight equally over both legs. This gave me slightly more balanced offence\defense, but I was still basically unable to apply weight to my punches to generate significant power. This was due to my own insistence on keeping the weight centered during punching. That is, I did not significantly shift my weight onto either the rear or forward leg.

Once I recognized this I could begin working on shifting my weight slightly into the punch, thus creating proper power. This was a long process; it came in spurts over a long period of time. Ultimately, I am amazed by journey it took, basically to arrive at a destination so close to home. I have often wondered if those who do not undergo such an extensive search for their own truth receive ultimately a lesser byproduct. A sterling example is my little brother. I taught him some principles of stance and learned that this allowed him to learn skills it had taken me years to learn. His advanced platform allowed him to do so directly, whereas my unstable one had consistently retarded my progress. However, I cannot help feeling more alive in my techniques, from knowing my own stance so intimately.”