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Another of the three basic fighting stances (sitting, front, back), the back stance is used in practically every form/pattern and by many practitioners as their primary fighting stance.
- The back stance is relatively strong in all directions, but not as strong as the front stance.
- The stance does not expose much of body to frontal assault and permits a wide range of attacks by both hands and feet but limits the amount of body mass that may be applied to a technique.
- Since most of the body weight is on the rear leg, the front leg is free to move with a minor weight shift permitting quick lead leg kicks. For the same reason, rear leg kicks are limited.
- The back stance is more a defensive stance than the front stance.
- As with the front stance, back stance is suited for movement to the front and back. It provides more mobility to the sides than the front stance, due to the rear foot's angle to the side. However, it still takes some time for transition to the sides, due to the feet being in aligned one behind the other.
- Moving weight forward or backward, moving feet wider or further apart, angling feet further out or in than 90-degrees, making stance higher or lower, or having knees facing other than the same direction as the toes affect the strength, stability, and mobility. As the feet move further from each other, the stance may become more stable (to a certain point).