Copyright © 2002 Sam Allred


Another of your goals for successful street fighting is to retain your own physical balance as you destroy the balance of your opponent.  With a good stance and good balance you can utilize your entire strength and enhance it.  By attacking and destroying your opponent´s balance you have a decided advantage because his strength, weight, size, and power cannot be fully utilized.
There are numerous kinds of  fighting stances, which are in constant change during a fight.  Pre-fight stances are not the same as during-the-fight stances.  The stances of judo, kenpo, kajukembo, tae kwon do, karate, boxing, wrestling, etc., are all at least somewhat different from one another, and yet are all effective.  Different instructors and practitioners within each fighting art have their own variations of stances.  Good postures  permit the use of  techniques of attack and defense with both left and  right side.
 The idea is to have a stance which permits you to deliver strong blows and to defend against strong blows while maintaining your balance.  You need to use your body´s weight in your moves in such a way that you have maximum power without losing balance.  If you make contact against an opponent with a powerful rear kick, as an example,  your  thrust against him might drive your own  body forward off balance or drive your own head into the ground.  Or if you miss the kick completely, your momentum might cause you to bypass your missed opponent while losing your  balance, and with your back toward him.  You will occasionally have to lose balance, but lost balance must be immediately recovered.
Study the pre-fight positions martial art books, and practice your stances and movements,  using them as your basic beginning stances.  Generally, you will keep your knees slightly bent, your feet separated by about the  width of  your shoulders with a fairly even distribution of weight on each foot (depending on the technique you are using),  your body and head fairly erect, arms and hands prepared and in place (never flaying),  eyes always on your opponent, and ready to move in anydirection for either attack or defense.  Fighting stances are quite natural for some people and very unnatural for others.  Your fighting stances have to be learned and developed by you for your own fighting style and techniques, coordination, strength, balance, size, and agility.

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