The precursor of the fighting stance, walking stance and fighting are the same, with the excepting of the hand position. This stance allows a student the ability to move back and forward while maintaining a high center of gravity and thus greater mobility.
Place one foot forward at the distance equal to one natural step.
The toes of the front foot point straight ahead and toes of the rear foot angle slightly out to the side, giving the appearance of an L shape.
The hips and shoulders face the front squarely.
Block, punches and kicks are common from this position. When in a fighting stance a student must keep their hands up in defensive guard position. Both hands must remain up during drills and fist closed, unless otherwise instructed.
The basic low block from this position will start from the opposite ear - a right hand low block will start from the left ear. The basic rising blocks will start from the waist line fist in front of the knot of a students belt. At no timeshouldastudentresttheirarmsontheirbodyineitherwalkingorfightingstance.