Parallel ready stance
- 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