Karate Back Stance!
The big karate back stance mistake is that nobody uses it. This means that they don’t understand it, and this is one reason why Karate takes a back seat to other arts.
I was at a tournament a few years back, and one of my students was pointing the shotokan stylist he was fighting. He kept hitting him and hitting him, and the refs wouldn’t call the point. Why? Because he was in a back stance.
In the Kang Duk Won we trained extensively in the back stance when sparring, and the reason was that it worked. And, when my student used it against a shotokan ‘must hit out of the front stance’ fellow, it still worked.
And my student could break a brick with a punch out of the back stance, but he was polite enouhg not to break a few ribs.
And, you can move forward, shuffle, if you want to commit more weight to the technique. Though you normally don’t have to because if he is close enough to hit you, you are close enough to hit him.
And, on top of all that, the fellow in the back stance can move away easier, and he has a ready and efficient front kick just rarin’ to go.
So why do so many people insist on the front stance when punching?
Because basic training methods instill it. Because they don’t understand how to sink the weight in the back stance and create power. Because the smaller bodies of the Japanese needed to throw the weight into the front stance to generate enough power. Because…because of a dozen other reasons.
And, here is something interesting, if you examine such arts as Bak Mei, which is likely one of the big influences behind Pan Gai Noon, which is the art behind Uechi Ryu and, again, a major influence on Karate…they work out of a back stance.
Go on, find one of the basic Bak Mei forms. You’ll see some very interesting back stance work.
Of course, to start using the back stance as a fighting standard would require some retooling of the current methods, and a lot of things that have been lost over the years would have to be regained, but it is all possible. Just requires an open mind willing to look at the potentials.
At any rate, check out the Matrix Karate course at monstermartialarts.com, it’s got a lot of stuff, including the house forms, on the karate back stance.