A couple of strange things that I've been taught...
Hello! This is my first post ever, and I'm sorry if my english isn't that good.
Anyway, we were once shown to block a hook by raising our other arm (still bended, of course), leaving your ribs wide open for attacks. This seems a bit stupid, or is it?
The other thing that puzzles me is that the same coach that showed that block (and who happens to be a bouncer, too) says that the basic stance should form the letter "L". This makes sense, but there's other one who says that the both feet should be straight, reducing your balance and the power of crosses by having your hip forwards. He says that having the legs in the L-shape slows you down when your moving sideways. The latter one doesn't seem a very bright idea, don't you agree? I'd like to hear your opinion, guys.
No, I'm not training in a McDojo, even if you might think like that. :lol:
Happy new year!
EDIT: Since I don't know how to add pictures, I'll try to say it more clearly. Imagine yourself in the basic boxing stance. Your opponent throws a hook, and you lift your arm in the same position as if you're trying to stretch your triceps. The arm is still in the same position, it's only been lift so that the elbow points to the ceiling.
About the stances, the "L" is about having your other foot pointing towards your opponent and the other sideways (the basic boxing stance :5slick:). The latter was about having both feet forwards.