I Would indeed seem clear that formations using relatively short weapons would utilize either a straight forward, rearward foot strtraigt stance or a stance like sanchin with forward foor only stlightly and the rear tunned no more than about 45 degrees.
Roman Formations from the Conguest of Gaul into the indefinte future would have used this stance. A Hoplite using a 8" Dory or Longer (in macedonian formation) "Sarissa" which could be up to 16" in lengnth and much more heavily built than the later 12" Kontos.
Phillip and Alexender's adoption and adaptation of Epamiondas's Theban Heavy Phanlanx would have seen, i think, a useof a short horse stance such might be used in you horizontal elbow strike.
The later Greek planlagist, "pre successor but after Platea) since the thrusting work could or would have be done over hand, Using the 8" Dory would close up and square off to increase the penetration of the is likey.
ANother likely see:
deploying in phalanx-naturat stance
preparing for engagment (while stationary) a sanchin like stance.
Delevering the overhand thrust----short to long horse stance and recover. As in any weapons fight, if you do not recover blindingdly fast atfer the extension---you were vulverable. If you could not find a way to extend, you were uselless.
In this particular time ONLym Phanlangites had abandandoned almost all body armor, except the helmet and, maybve for the front rankers, a single greave for the forward (normally left) leg, and the vvery large and heavy shield (hoplon) from which hoplite took his Name.
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