Li Family Harmony Palm – Tai Chi Chuan and Old Style – Feng Shou Chuan Shu Why all the different postures and stances?
First of all I’m asked what the difference is between the posture and the stance. In basic terms the posture is the movement of the bodyweight and where it’s going. The stance is where the bodyweight is going to move from and to. So the position of the body, hips, knees and feet is what directs the power to the defence or counter strike.
In Feng Shou the bodyweight should not be pulled or pushed with the legs and feet as this weakens the stance and leads to excess tension and laxation of the muscles not only of the legs but the body and arms too, so power can be reduced considerably and this is not what is needed if you are defending yourself.
Each posture position aligned with a particular stance has a distinctive way of movement. The power moves through each position in a particular direction. The Six basic directions are forward, backward, right, left, up and down. So each stance has a direction with high power movement and other directions with lesser power to low power movement.
So if you needed more power in a particular direction and one stance alone doesn’t have it, if you strung several stances together so each stance added to the next the result is that you will have significantly more output than in one stance done alone.
When performing our forms, sets and drills you may want to pay more attention to how the posture and stances follow each other.