US Army Combatives

2-09 Stances


A fighter’s stance (Figure 2-16) is the position he takes in readiness for an unarmed fight. He may launch an attack or defend from this stance.

  • a. A fighter’s stance not only places his body in a good position from which to attack or defend, but it influences his mental attitude and aggressiveness.
  • b. He holds his hands high to protect his head and face. His fists are clenched, but relaxed. His elbows are close to his body and his weight is evenly distributed on both feet, creating a stable base. He is light on his feet with his knees slightly flexed to allow quick movement in any direction.

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