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pineapple
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Joined: 25 Dec 2004
Posts: 1039
Location: Hawaii
Styles: Kajukenbo

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am right handed and for the longest time, I sparred only one way, with my left foot forward. I realized that it would be advantageous to be able to fight from both stances. I began woking on a heavy bag with my right foot forward concentrating on throwing a power punch with my left hand in order to make me more comfortable in a southpaw stance. Whenever I sparred someone with less skill, I would spar in a southpaw stance.
Today I am still more comfortable with my left foot forward but I am able to switch stances during sparring.
I feel very comfortable offensively in a southpaw stance, however I lack the defensive skills in this stance. Maybe someone out there can help me with this??
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Kieran-Lilith
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Joined: 12 Jan 2005
Posts: 673
Location: Ohio
Styles: Eugue Ryu, Iaido, Aikido

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm most comfortable with my left side forward, but I do switch sides after the first round. It confuses people.
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traz
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Joined: 30 Dec 2004
Posts: 78

Styles: MMA, Hapkido

PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm right handed, but I play sports (hockey, baseball, golf) left handed, that is, with my right foot first. When I first started MA, a right-foot-first stance was most natural to me. But my teacher taught a left-foot-first stance, so I have gotten used to fighting like everyone else, so much so that it is my preferred stance. However, I can still fight with my right-foot-first, it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all.
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bushido_man96
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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
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Location: Hays, KS
Styles: Taekwondo, Combat Hapkido, Aikido, GRACIE

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a very interesting concept; one I had never really thought of. Thanks for the article!
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