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Parallel ready stance


The parallel ready stance is the traditional ready stance used to rest and await further orders. It is like the military "parade rest" position, you are relaxed but alert and ready.


  • Width. The feet are one shoulder-width apart.
  • Depth. Zero.
  • Front and back foot positions. Both the feet pointed straight ahead.
  • Leg positions. The knees are slightly bent.
  • Shoulder position. The shoulders are held perpendicular to the opponent.
  • Hip position. The hips are held parallel with shoulders.
  • Weight distribution. The weight is distributed with about 50% each foot.
  • Center of mass. The center of mass is centered between feet


  • Stand with the body erect.
  • Face forward with the head erect.
  • The feet are positioned parallel about a shoulder-width apart, with the toes pointed toward the opponent.
  • Hold the arms in front of the body with the hands in tight fists with the knuckles facing outward, about one-inch apart and about one-inch from the belt knot. With the hands held in this position, the arms will form a circular shape.


  • Open ready stance. Same as the parallel ready stance except the feet are angled outward at a 45-degree angle.
  • Pigeon-toe ready stance. Same as the parallel ready stance except the feet are angled inward at a 45-degree angle.
  • Hand position may vary depending on the martial art or school

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