Tips for having a good stance and guard

Practise getting in to your stance and guard using a mirror, ideally use one that covers your full body length. Anywhere that you can see clearly on your body or face is an opening where your opponent can strike.

Key points revisited

  • Make sure your back foot is not behind your front foot
  • Back heel off the floor
  • Weight 60% on the back foot 40% on the front foot
  • Rotate feet 45 degrees towards the back foot
  • Slight bend in the knees
  • Elbows in
  • Fists level with cheek bones
  • Chin tucked in
  • Not square one