Wujido 101: Basic Stance Training-the Horse Stance

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lowmabu1What is the most important stance to train when training in the Shaolin Kungfu (Wushu)?  There is no question that the most important stance is the Horse.  The Horse Stance, called Ma Bu in Chinese and resembles the shape one takes when riding a horse; thus, it is a horse-riding posture.  What may not be well-known is the origin of the horse-riding posture.  Also, in many styles of kungfu there are different variants of the horse-riding posture, in this article we will examine two variants the high and the low variants and the body mechanics associated.  Wujido Karate, the Chinese name being Wuxingbafaliuhe Quanfa, actually embraces numerous variations of the horse-riding posture and design depending on which animal style or otherwise expression of the fundamental horse-riding posture; those will be explored at the appropriate time.

The physical mechanics at first seem simple but in fact it is not so much. It is important to give adequate consideration to each new form and the internal structure, as such we will also talk about the posture that the horse stance is really based on.  In Wujido we say 8 methods, what this means is the 8 body methods in Chinese called the Bafa or Bashenfa which means the 8 body methods.


The 8 body methods are


  1. mabu3mabu1-inst Sink the shoulders
  2. Sink the elbows
  3. Press the lower back downward
  4. Level the waist
  5. Round the thighs
  6. Relax the ankles
  7. Empty the chest
  8. Fill the belly





Each of these body methods is of high importance the thoroughly mastered.  The mastery of each of these respectively leads to a unification of the physical form which forms the basis of the 6 harmonies in movement.  The more unified the body is the more powerful the technique the greater utilization and cultivation of Qi.  Whether one “believes” in Qi or not (and it is completely not necessary) we can say that to master the 8 body methods is to in effect switch on the energy body allowing a great deal of unified energy to flow unobstructed following your intent.

It should also be noted for the purpose of understanding this central and most important Shaolin wushu posture that its origin is from the well-known and famous meditation pose identified with Yoga, called the Lotus posture, known in mediation and yoga systems with variations such as the full lotus, the half-lotus, and other variations such as the Vajra and the Sidshisana and so forth.  As a side note, it might be well to consider that Shaolin wushu comes from a martial practice originating not in China but in the subcontinent of India and its name was the Vajra Mukti.

The lotus posture being universally known we will not show here but we will show two lesser known variants as they are important in the realm of advanced training in the Vajra Mukti as well as Qi cultivation and will be dealt with in advanced chapters which will come on-line in their proper order.  each of the lessons viewed should be thoroughly mastered and not just casually viewed if authentic development is your goal.

Tantra open vajra




All demonstrations of techniques are students of the honorable grandmaster J E Harkins some of whom have studied for many years.  These are not actors or hired professionals.  The skills shown are possessed by the individuals through arduous work and effort without which nothing of value can be accomplished.