Couple of questions about the martial arts traditional horse stance ?

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1) Does the horse stance make your legs mire powerful. When I say this, I mean like a sprinters leg fast and powerful and big. Or does it provide your leg with more endurance ? I am just abit confused with those two. I thought that big strong legs = fast legs. And Skinny toned legs = marathon legs. But from my experience of doing the horse stance, my legs are getting bigger and stronger which I am very happy of. But some people often say that doing the horse stance gets your legs more endurance. And having endurance means having small legs and the horse stance makes your legs bigger so how can it give you endurance ? Is it just endurance by means of being able to sit in that position without for long periods without getting tired or does it also count for running distances and kicking for a long time.
2) Any visualization techniques that I can do to keep me relaxed when I do it. I researched some the chi kung techniques. But which one can I do while I am doing the horse stance to gain extra benefit and take my mind off pain. Considering I’ve only done this stance for 2 months now and can stay on it for 5-10 Min’s.
3) How can I increase m pain tolerance. This question is relatively same as the above one. Just give me a good visualization technique with breathing. I want a chinese qigong one to do.
So thanks in advanced.
Just so you know why I want the information. It is because first of all, I am a soccer player. And has to be very careful on the muscle that I effect. I play in a winter league season. So stamina and power is neccessary in a 90 minute football match. And secondly, I also do abit of judo. And the horse stance is mean’t to develope balance. And my friend who does kung fu told me that. And in my judo class, we don’t do horse stance. Well I cannot judge every school of judo. But in our school, we do not do it. As I told my instructor about it and he told me he does not teach this stuff. And I know that it helps develope balance. And balance is key to judo. So I was just wishing to learn the techniques on my own slowly and gradually without making any stupid mistake.

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The horse stance develops both muscular endurance and strength, whether that means your legs will get bigger or smaller i dont know. It should help with your balance though and your strenght and enduarnce as you get better holding it. just remember not to over extend your leg muscles there. To help get your mind off the pain i would reccomend trying to capture your chi enrgy and sending it to your legs. you cando this by: First, close your eyes and imagine your chi energy as water. picture it comiing up from the ground through your legs and also picture it coming down through your head like a faucet. while your doing this practice breathing from your stomach (inhale-stomach goes in/exhale-stomach goes out, chest goes in). imagine your water flow (chi energy) going through your arms to your hands and out your palms. put your palms on the top of your legs and picture the water energy goign into your legs and exploding when it hits the pain. This does take a lot of practice to achieve though so dont be discouraged if it doesnt seem to help the first time. hope that helps somehow. goodluck!

Chris P

The horse stance is not about being strong per se, it is about the capacity to do the horse stance. You can be a serious runner or biker with very strong legs, and still be unable to hold it as long and correctly as a “weaker” person.
Step 1, is just to be able to do it. Don’t insist on step 2 (doing it while relaxed) until you are comfortable with step 1.
It is the same deal with pain tolerance, getting hit alot will increase your tolerance to getting hit. Special breathing and qigong exercises are not necessary. Excessive pain tolerance can actually be a bad thing, BTW.
P.S. If someone somewhere thinks that the horse stance will improve their balance, it does not follow, that your doing what you consider to be an identical stance will improve your balance. Probably not. More likely it will increase your strength to compensate for poor balance.


One purpose of the horse stance is to prevent you from getting bowled over in a multi-attack scenario.
The horse stance is a good training posture: to help develop strong legs, to keep the spine straight, to keep your eyes level and alert, and to be able to defend and attack from a stable position.
There are several variations to the horse stance: high, low, deep, feet out, feet parallel, etc.; but they all have the above purposes.


First I must say that you are asking to many questions at the same time. Try asking these separately.
As for your comment about big legs Vs. Small legs…… Size has nothing to do with strength or speed. Body builders have very big legs. They are stronger than the average person. But power lifters legs may not be as big but are stronger. The fastest kicks are usually (not always) by people with small legs.
Doing the horse stance will have little if any effect on the speed of your kicks.


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