Forward parallel stance
The forward parallel stance is used for formal exercises and is a strong, steady position, Place your feet approximately one shoulder width apart with your weight evenly distributed and both feet flat on the ground. Your toes should face straight ahead, feet parallel, with your hips square to the front. To assume a left forward parallel stance, place your left foot forward of your right foot, and for a right stance put your right foot forward. The forward parallel stance is often used when working with weapons because it allows you to get your hips behind your left and right strikes,