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)The arms are in strange position

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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.

Kyorumsae stance

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.

  • +1 In TKD sparring it is common to see the front arm in a low guard. You don't need a high guard because you are at kicking distance, not punching distance, and the position is efficient to block incoming kick to the mid section. – Daniel Reis Nov 9 at 16:26
  • This is the right answer, although the other answer about Jeet Kune Do is not exactly wrong either. The real reason for the low front arm is two fold: 1) Expectation of a kick coming in to defend against, and 2) offering an opening to your head as bait. In the case of #1, it's easy to understand. In the case of #2, the opening triggers a high attack with the hands to your face. If you can get your opponent to do it multiple times, it can show a pattern which can be predicted and used against your opponent. In TKD, it's usually #1. In karate and JKD, it's usually #2. – Steve Weigand Nov 9 at 19:58

It could, maybe, be a Jeet Kune Do posture. However, the back hand being behind, instead of in front of, the face does not fit; especially as seen here. Here is an example of how it looks. The Mirror Edge character is using a left stance.

jeet kwon do posture

  • Could be. Not sure tho, cause from some of their moves it looks like developers decided to make them some kind of muay thai fighters. Here is a video I found on internet: youtube.com/watch?v=BGgCHQZ_RTE Also Tony Jaa uses stance similiar to theirs in some of his movies. But what could be purpose of that lower hand, and the other so far from face? – Loudman Nov 9 at 14:58
  • @loudman Your last question would make a fine one to post on the site. I strongly encourage you to do so. – Sardathrion Nov 9 at 15:00
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    @loudman That is most definitely not a Muay Thai stance. – Sardathrion Nov 9 at 15:02
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    The stance particularly reminds me of Bruce Lee in Game of Death (and in stylistic imitations of him such as the Law characters in Tekken with many of the promotional images showing him with just such a down-turned arm in the front, ready to deflect. – Sean Duggan Nov 9 at 17:05

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