As a white belt we learn basic stances (front, back and horse riding) and spend hours simply walking up and down the mat. I remember it being the part of the class I always hated; but now as an instructor I can see how essential this exercise is. Almost thirty years since I first learned basic stances, I welcome the chance to practice them.

Kibon dong jak (basic movement) produces mobility, stability and durability. Lack of mobility is like having the parking brake on in your car…sure we can accelerate, but if we do we’ll just end up eventually destroying the system.

Proper movement primes the body for longevity, not just short term performance.

How deep and balanced are your stances?

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Kibon dong ja (Basic movement)

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