Stance training develops correct posture, flexibility, mobility and functional alinement of the joints (ankles, knees, hips, spine, scapulae, shoulders). Holding a proper stance for 5 minutes separates a beginner from a casual practitioner; 10 minutes separates intermediate students from beginners; and 30 minutes will change you and your kung fu forever.
- Think of stance training as practice, not a workout. Strive to perfect your form instead of training till failure.
- Breathe gently, all the way down to your Dan Tien (center point). Count your breaths as a measure of time instead of looking at a clock (you can check the clock after).
- The 3 secrets of good stance training are: Relax, relax, relax. If your body starts to struggle, focus on your breathing to help you relax.
- Practice your stances once a day, preferably in the morning.
- Don’t skip your morning training sessions! Continuity of training is the main key to your success.
- Write down what you accomplish in each practice session, and look back at your progress over time.
article by Practical Hung Kyun  edited by Wuji Fighter