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ARNIS
Kinds of Stances Ready Stance

Figure 1: Ready Stance Stand with your feet apart parallel to the shoulder with both toes pointing forward. The knees should be straight, the waist and the body facing forward. Hands are on waist level and the hands should hold the sticks on both sides. The ready stance is commonly used when standing at ease during training or tournaments.

Attention Stance Stand with your feet forming a 45 degrees angle. Heels should be close to each other, knees should be straight, the waist and body facing forward. Shoulders are dropped to the side and both hands are at waist level. The Attention Stance is commonly used in preparation for courtesy or “bowing” at commencement of sparring.

Forward Stance

Figure 2: Right Foot Forward Stance

Starting with the ready stance, move one foot forward until the knee and the toe are in line to each other. Both toes are pointing in front, the waist and the body is facing forward. The body should not be too low or the lead foot too extended otherwise it will be hard to maneuver. Distribute the weight or center of gravity to both legs. Forward stances can be right foot lead, which is the Right Foot Forward Stance or it can be left foot lead which is Left Foot Forward Stance. Forward Stance are commonly used with frontal striking or blocking techniques.

Oblique Stance

Figure 3: Right Foot Oblique Stance

Starting with the ready stance, move one foot forward 45 degrees away from the body until the knee and the toe are in line to each other. Move on the same direction as the lead foot (e.g. for right foot lead, move 45 degrees forward to the right). Both toes are pointing in front, the waist and the body is

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