Reading through a post earlier this evening I came across one from Aikiscotsman that said "...hanmi ie one pointing straight in front and the other behind facing side on so you have a triangle from there you can run through any tech", which got me thinking... ...when I started at our club I was told that the way to stand correctly was simply to stand in neutral posture and then step one of your feet forward. The idea is that your feet would still be facing forward and that this position will give you the ability to move in all directions smoothly and quickly. Furthermore, we are told that the torso should be facing your attacker/opponent so that you can move in all directions. The positioning quoted above sounds to me (and I'm certainly no expert so forgive me if I'm wrong) as if it might limit your ability to move as fast as possible as the directional power of the back leg is facing out to the side. The body mechanics just don't seem to work as well if your back foot is horizontal. It also means that your torso will naturally twist to the side, leading to you not being in the optimum position. What are your thoughts on this people? Is the stance that aikiscotsman talks of something that is considered the norm to all styles of aikido other than Shodokan? What are the advantages of it? Anyway...of to bed now as it is passed midnight and it's a school night! Night all!