Fighting stance is a highly debated topic and it seems like every Boxing coach and Kickboxing instructor has a different interpretation of how to stand and fight. To keep things super simple, here’s 2 things to focus on with your fighting stance.
1) Maintain the Universal Athletic Position. The Universal Athletic Position is the position you would maintain if you were a tennis player, a goaltender, a basketball player or any other athlete in pretty much any sport. The Universal Athletic position is where you have your knees bent, your heals up and your hips low. We use the Universal Athletic Position when we’re fighting with the only special adaptation being that we stand more narrow. Focus on maintaining the Universal Athletic Position when you’re in your fighting stance and your agility and your power will increase.
2) Always protect your neck. Protecting your neck is a fundamental principle in fighting. When we’re doing Jiu Jitsu, we need to protect our neck and when we’re striking, there is no way we can take a punch to the neck! Thus, when we are in our fighting stance, we want to focus on protecting our necks. As long as we protect our necks in our fighting stance, our fighting stance will be nearly perfect – our chins will be down, our hands will be up and our shoulders will be shrugged forward.
Keeping thing’s simple is how you win fights. Focus on these two things to help you with your fighting stance and your performance will improve immediately.