Southpaws should be drowned at birth, and how I almost was...figuratively
Hi, now onto my query:
To state, I'm left-handed.
In Karate, I was told to go orthodox. My first boxing coach did not ask, so I stayed orthodox.
My wrestling coach asked and so I wrestle left foot forward. My Judo coach asked but I didn't want to mess up my uke's grip, so I went right foot forward.
I got a new boxing coach to refine myself after my first few MMA fights, who asked which was my dominant hand. Over the course of a week or so, we tested both my orthodox and southpaw stances and found that I had about equal power and speed after the years of forced orthodox. Head movement and footwork were a bit better in orthodox, but that's mostly from lack of practice. I'm evidently a quick study in southpaw.
So I'm left with an interesting decision and am looking for input from some fellow fighters (or people who train and know their ****). For MMA, I can stay orthodox and use my wrestling for aggressive takedowns, I'll be left with a strong jab, and hook and an ok cross but absolute **** kicking power. Or I can go southpaw, really develop my standup the way my genetics intended, and have the normal strengths strikers have, and a powerful high kick, but only use my takedowns defensively.
So neither side will put me at a huge disadvantage in MMA, but they will change my style around, keeping this in mind, should I stay orthodox or learn southpaw.
Be a switch fighter and quit whining demon hand.
Seriously, switch fighters are cool if you can pull it off.
I naturally fight orthodox, but sometimes i'm just more comfortable southpaw.
do both, depending on your opponent/the situation
Stay in southpaw for strong wrestling and use step through right roundhouses. Or you could just do as Omega says.
Switch hit and be happy.
You will probably find that some strikes (hook and upper cut for example) are more natural in one position than the other. Same goes for kicks/knees.
You should be one hell of a counter puncher if you will focus on that aspect of your stand up game.
If this is for MMA use the side that you can shoot faster from.
One of the first challenges going from a TMA to mma is the switch from Striking to Grappling. Striking would have the weaker hand forward, and grappling has the stronger hand forward.
Thanks to your history...you've essentially destroyed that problem. Use it to your advantage and screw with your opponents.
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Agreed. If you are good at switching you can really mess with your opponent; it's always fun to start orthodox on someone and then catch them off guard by switching to southpaw part way through
Originally Posted by Omega
Originally Posted by Goju - joe
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