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Fixed stance


The fixed stance offers increased stability but slower movement. It may be useful against an opponent who is larger than you are but is slower moving.


  • Width. Zero.
  • Depth. One and a half shoulder-widths.
  • Front foot position. The front foot is pointed straight ahead.
  • Back foot position. The back foot pointed toward the outside.
  • Front leg position. The front knee is bent.
  • Back leg position. The front knee is slightly bent.
  • Shoulder position. The shoulders are angled 45-degrees toward the outside.
  • Hip position. The hips are parallel with the shoulders.
  • Weight distribution. 50% of the weight is on the front foot; 50% is on the back foot.
  • Center of mass. The center of mass is centered between the feet.


The fixed stance is a basically just a modified back stance. The feet are moved about a shoulder-width and a half apart and the weight is centered between the two feet, which increases stability.
  • When the left leg is forward, the stance a left fixed stance. When the right leg is forward, it is a right fixed stance.
  • Stand with feet parallel, one shoulder-width apart. Step left foot forward one and a half shoulder-widths deep into a fixed stance with the heel aligned in front of the rear foot's heel. Imagine an "L" shape drawn on the floor. The right foot will align with the bottom of the "L" with the heel at the corner and the left foot will align along the long side of the "L." 
  • The shoulders angle 45-degrees toward the right. Keep the hips parallel with the shoulders so the upper body is angled toward the right.
  • The front foot is pointed toward the opponent.
  • Slightly bend the front leg.
  • The weight is centered between the feet so 50% of the weight is on the back foot and 50% of the weight is on the front foot


  • When performing successive fixed stances, keep the heels in alignment so the "L" shape is maintained.
  • To move forward in successive back stances, the lead foot pivots 90-degrees as the back foot steps forward. 

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