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- A stance with the weight on the front leg is useful to:
- Receive force from the front (blocks).
- Create force to the front (punches, kicks).
- Move to the front (step forward).
- A stance with the feet relatively close together and the weight equally balanced (a sparring stance) is useful for moving in any direction quickly.
- A wide, low side stance is strong to the sides and allows movement to either side.
- A stance with the weight on the back leg is useful to:
- Back up.
- Move the body away from the opponent without moving the feet, to avoid attacks and set up counter attacks.
- Set up counter attacks. By moving the body weight back to avoid attacks and the shifting the body weight (center of mass) forward with the counter attack, a great deal of force may he created.