In the game Mirror's Edge Catalyst, there are opponents called Sentinels; they are an elite type of enemy in this game. They rely on hand-to-hand combat to beat the player. Most of their techniques (if not all) are from real life, like the superman punch. But they have a stance that I have never seen before. Does anyone know what is it called, and what is good for? (providing that something like this even exists in real life)
This looks like a general point sparring stance found in Tae Kwon Do, often called Kyorumsae.
Kyorumsae means "standard fighting stance." This is called the front fighting stance. Position your feet at one and a half to two times your regular stride. Turn your body approximately 45 degrees to the side.
I am not a TKD expert, but I believe the idea behind it is that the front hand can be used to deflect incoming attacks while the rear hand is ready for a quick counter-attack. Due to the nature of point-sparring, the emphasis is on a small profile presented to your opponent, thus the very sideways stance.
This post elaborates on the low hand in the front:
The reason for the low hands stance is simply in the WTF sparring format. There are no punches to the face, and 95% of all kicks go to the body. With your hands high, it's possible to slip round kicks under the elbow and score points. If your hands are hanging by the side, they block the whole trunk.
Additionally, TKD fighters tend to drop the hands when they are out of range (and TKD is a long-range game, so most of the time, you are out of range, until one of you makes a move), and raise them when they enter kicking range. Watch top TKD matches and you'll see this. This is for conserving energy, but also for inviting juicy head kicks which are easily countered. N00bs often leave their hands down all the time because they are lazy.
As a point-sparring stance, it probably would not make sense in a self-defense context like this one, but it looks kind of cool.