Red dot indicates center of mass

The parallel ready stance is the traditonal ready stance. It is similar to the military "parade rest" position. It is a relaxed, but alert and ready, stance used to rest and await further orders.


  • Stance Width. 1 shoulder width.
  • Stance Depth. Zero.
  • Front/Back Foot Position. Both feet pointed straight ahead.
  • Leg Positions. Knees slightly bent.
  • Shoulder Position. Perpendicular to opponent.
  • Hip Position. Parallel with shoulders.
  • Weight Distribution. 50% each foot.
  • Center of Mass. Centered between feet
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