Intermediate stances are non-standard stances that are momentarily used to prepare the body to shift into a proper stance. Although effective in maintaining stability while moving, they are not stable enough to use in techniques. Intermediate stances aid in maintaining dynamic balance while moving.
Note: When the right foot is forward in a stance, it is called a right stance and vice versa.
Poses are specific postures used in stances. For example, from a back stance you may lift your front knee into a front kick chamber pose to act as a guard against a kicking attack. Poses are dynamic, not static. They are instinctive definable movements that occur spontaneously and change as needed at the moment. Chambers used during patterns are poses when they are done with intent, and they flow seamlessly with the movements.
Keep your eyes focused on your opponent. Do not stare, but try to have strong, powerful, piercing eyes that reflect your intense power and dedication to purpose. Do not concentrate your vision straight ahead. Look at your target but be aware of any peripheral movement.