Thai only has one stance. All of the techniques and skills learned are done from Thai Stance. The very first thing you are taught in Muay Thai is your stance and the way you are supposed to move around while performing the techniques and skills. If you do not understand the proper foot work you will have difficulties combining kicks, elbows, knees, and punches. Thai stance is when your left leg is placed in slightly forward facing your opponent and your right leg is placed behind facing at about 45 degrees away from the leading foot. The heels of your feet need to be raised off the ground while the rest of the body is turned at a 45 degree angle in sync with the rear foot. If you are left handed your stance will be exactly the same but with your right foot facing your opponent and your left foot at 45 degrees along with your body. It can get a little confusing when opponents have opposite thai stance. It is always good to learn how to work with both thai stances so that your are always ready and avoid confusion. Some left handed students say being left handed can have some advantages when fighting because it can throw the opponent off when doing defends and counters. Footwork is very important and Double Dose instructors like to do exercises that help students move from left to right and from front to back so that when students are working on techniques, sparring, or even fighting they are able to move around properly and not trip over themselves or their opponents feet. If you are moving to your right side you will move your right foot first and your left foot will follow. Same goes for your left side, if you are moving to your left you move your left foot first and then your right foot. Moving forward and backward is a lot easier, if you move forward you stay on your same tracks and move your front foot first and then your back foot. You do not move your back foot first. If you move backwards you will move your back foot first and then you will move your front foot back. One important thing a lot of students forget, when you are in thai stance and your are moving around always keep your hands up ready to block your face and body. The instructors tell you to keep your hands up like if you are answering the phone. If you drop your hands it is easier for your opponent to hit you. Thai stance can be a bit confusing to learn but once you get the concept you will see how it makes putting combinations and techniques so much easier when it comes to balance and movement.