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Reverse back stance


The reverse back stance is like the back stance except the weight is shifted to the other leg and the attacking direction shifts 180 degrees. Just as with the back stance, leading leg kicks are easier to execute, especially side kicks.


  • Width. Zero.
  • Depth. One shoulder-width.
  • Front foot position. The front foot is pointed toward the outside.
  • Back foot position. The back foot is pointed backward.
  • Front leg position. The front knee is slightly bent.
  • Back leg position. The back knee bent with the shin vertical.
  • Shoulder position. The shoulders are angled 90-degrees toward outside.
  • Hip position. The hips are parallel with the shoulders.
  • Weight distribution. 30% of the weight is on the front foot; 70% is on the back foot.
  • Center of mass. Center of mass is centered nearly over the back foot.


  • When the left leg is forward, the stance a left reverse back stance. When the right leg is forward, it is a right reverse back stance.
  • Stand with feet parallel, one shoulder-width apart. Step left foot forward one half a shoulder-width deep into a reverse back stance with the heel aligned in front of the rear foot's heel. Imagine a upside-down "L" shape drawn on the floor. The left foot will align with the short side of the "L" with the heel at the corner and the right foot will align along the long side of the "L".
  • The shoulders angle is 90-degrees toward the right. Keep the hips parallel with the shoulders so upper body is angled toward the right.
  • The outside edge of the left foot is pointed toward the opponent.
  • Bend the back leg at the knee, with the shin vertical.
  • The back leg is bent so 70% of the weight is on the back foot and 30 percent of the weight is on the front foot.
  • The center of mass is centered nearly over the back foot. The weight is settled mostly over the back leg.


  • When performing successive reverse back stances, keep the heels in alignment so the upside-down "L" shape is maintained.
  • To move forward in successive back stances, the lead foot pivots 270-degrees counterclockwise as the weight is transferred to it and the back foot swings forward.
  • Keep the front side of the body loose and free so all leading techniques will be quick and powerful.

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