Sanda Fighting Stance

Sanda Fighting Stance

In this lesson you will learn how to do a left lead sanda fighting stance. Don't stand too high, don't stand too low. Your stance should be stable and at the same time comfortable to move, punch and kick fast. You can make small hops and leg movements to keep your legs warm but don't jump up and down like a kangaroo. For more sanda instructions visit sanda main.

Description: Sanda Fighting Stance

  • Keep your chin down and stare straight forward.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Keep your fists up. Especially the back hand should stay close to the chin. Close, but don't cramp your fists.
  • The elbows have to hang down relaxed. If you elevate your elbows, your opponent has free way to kick you in the ribs.
  • Keep your upper body slightly crouched, abs tight and in a vertical line right between front and back leg. Don't lean forward, don't lean back or to the side !
  • Knees bent slightly. Don't stand too high, don't stand to low. You should be able to move, kick and punch fast from a comfortable fighting stance.
  • Stand on the balls of your feet. Heels slightly elevated. (but not too much) The distance between the feet is up to 2 shoulder widths. Most sanda fighters stand with the left leg forward. However, you can also stand with the right leg forward. Both feet carry the same amount of weight. The toes point slightly in (see foot prints - illustration above).

Trainer advice: Sanda Fighting Stance

  • Practice your fighting stance in front of a mirror.
  • Don't stand too low, don't stand too high.
  • Stare straight forward. Focus on your opponent.
  • After learning the sanda fighting stance, learn how to walk forward and backwards.