Single Leg Standing Exercise

Single Leg Standing Exercise – Martial Arts Balance Training

This page provides details for the Single Leg Standing Exercise (or Single Leg Stand, Single Leg Stance, etc.). This exercise is one of the most basic balance exercises taught in many martial arts schools. It is usually used for younger martial arts students. All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized.

For additional balance exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Balance Exercises section.

Instructions for One Legged Squat Reach Exercise

  • Stand on one leg.
  • Lift your other leg modestly off the ground. Your foot can be either in front or behind you.
  • To make the exercise a little more difficult, you can raise your arms up to shoulder height.
  • To make this exercise even more difficult, you can close your eyes.
  • For a more advnaced version, you can combine this exercise with a balance board.
  • This balance exercise is generally used for younger students.
  • Instructors often use this exercise as a fun competition tool for their students. They compete to see who can keep their balance the longest with their eyes shut.

Instructional Video for the Single Leg Standing Exercise