Satria fighting arts

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  1. Midnight-shadow

    Midnight-shadow 3rd Black Belt

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    I'm in the process of looking for a new Martial Art to study and I came across Satria Yoga and Fighting Arts, which apparently originated with the Vedic culture of Northern India. I am very ignorant when it comes to Indian Martial Arts and I had never heard of Satria before. Has anyone else experienced this style before?
     
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    Brian R. VanCise MT Moderator Staff Member

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    If this is Steven Benitez system then it's base is Indonesian Silat.
     
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    Midnight-shadow 3rd Black Belt

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    Thanks. Would you say the training is more forms based or fighting based? The sempok stance you talk about looks very odd to me. It looks like a deeper version of a unicorn stance found in a lot of Chinese Martial Arts. I never really liked that particular stance either, even as a transition I can't see much value in it.
     
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    I live in Sussex, in the South of England. Here is the Satria group I was looking at: http://www.warrior-arts-fitness.com/
     
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    I've found lower stances to be better for training, even if I don't use them as much in sparring. They're useful for training leg strength and dexterity. I've tried a few styles of forms in Taekwondo, some which utilize lower, deeper stances and others which utilize walking stances, and I've found I sweat a lot more when doing the forms with deeper stances.

    My master has a background in special forces, and he's selected the forms with deeper stances. We use deeper stances in most of our self defense drills (sometimes using a shallower stance depending on the distance we need to cover. The practical benefits of deeper stances, I've found, is:
    • More powerful base than a shallow stance (but shallow stances are quicker)
    • Easier to close short distances with a large step into a deep stance than with small steps
    • In a deep stance you have the option to change levels up or down. In a shallow stance you can only go down.
    Of course, if I'm misunderstanding and you're talking about stances in which your rump is only inches off the ground, then maybe I could see your point (although they would probably help with leg strength and conditioning). Or if you also work out and don't skip leg day, then maybe you want to opt for the shallower stances because you don't need the conditioning of the deep stances. But these are the benefits I see.
     
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    Not closing short distances, but Jhoon Goo Rhee occasionally used to show us a way from a deep stance to spring forward using both feet, to jump a surprising distance. And he could do it several times in a row, quickly. He didn't push it but did demonstrate it a couple of times. I don't think any of us really tried it often either. It takes a lot of strength as well as speed. You could of course turn it into an attack if your opponent doesn't get out of the way, or cause him to do nothing but a fast, poorly controlled retreat.

    Just a comment on deep stances, not specifically what the OP is asking for.
     
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    I don't mean closing distances FROM a stance. I mean closing distances by stepping out into a deep stance.
     
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    Like Malos1979 I utilize Sempok and Depok for lower leg training development and some movement into low Indonesian style takedowns but that is about it. It is great for the legs, knees and developing a unique style of leg strength with flexibility.
     
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    In that case I'd say flexibility and dexterity is more important than strength in this particular stance style.123
     

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