Balance is everything. Without it, nothing else really matters. You must maintain your own but also it is imperative that you affect your opponents balance too. This may come in the form of physically moving him off balance or it could be through footwork that we force them to chase us a little further than they expected thereby changing their point of balance. Power in blocking, striking and kicking begins with good balance. Without good balance, energy cannot be exerted from your stance and released through a movement or technique.