Martial Arts Bow and Arrow
Stance in Kung Fu

In Chinese martial arts, the reverse Bow and Arrow is also known as the Snake stance. It is used during defensive movements. During combat, a kung fu practitioner can tilt back into Snake to gain a second in order to plan a counter-attack, like a Snake retreating back before striking into a rapid attack.

Snake movements involve remaining soft and very flexible up until the point of the next move. The Snake lacks the knock out power of other animal styles and must utilise multiple strikes to pressure points to be effective. Movements of the Snake stance rise and sink moving forwards and backwards.

Snake style is often effectively used by practitioners of a small stature, where great emphasis is placed on using internal power to deliver effective attacks. The Snake stance is a movement that a skilled practitioner can easily sink into during combat, like a Snake coiling back before a lethal combination of strikes.

Important points to consider when training in the Snake stance:

  • ensure your front leg is on a 45 degree angle and straight
  • keep the back leg straight
  • hips and chest should face on a 45 degree angle opposite to the direction of the front leg
  • keep upper body erect
  • front knee should point on a 45 degree angle parallel with the ground; it should not point at the floor or towards the ceiling

If you would like to know more about other stances used in kung fu, a new workbook “Stance training” is available for purchase here at our Academy's Secured Bookstore (www.goldenlion.com.au).

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