Day One (Tactic 1/2)
Primary Survival Stance while standing.
To maintain your balance and protect your body while physically defending yourself.
This is your go-to stance from the second you become operational in defending yourself until you are able to escape to a safe location.
It is important to practice tactics from both stances, and it is normal to feel more natural on one side. If you are applying this tactic to self-defense, you will naturally default to your dominant stance.
Below is a step-by-step breakdown.
Start with both feet together.
Turn both feet 45 degrees to the right to successfully blade your body. Blading your body refers to you turning the front of your body on the diagonal so that you are a smaller target in front of your threat.
Take one step back, remaining on the diagonal, so that your feet are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Make sure that your weight is evenly distributed between both feet.
Raise your hands to shoulder level and maintain your bladed body so that your rear leg pulls that same shoulder back.
Drive your rear side shoulder slightly back, but not too far.
Relax the elbows in front of your body (not flared out). Keep your hands in an open position so that you are prepared to deal with any type of defense (blocking, grabbing, striking, etc). Keep your hands up to guard your face, but not too high that they block your peripheral vision. Keep your hands around 8-10 inches from your face. Maintain balance between both feet and raise your back heel slightly.
Practice getting into your Survival Stance using the steps outlined above.
Practice getting into your Survival Stance without using the steps outlined above.