Thanks for the replies. So it sounds like I should be a switch hitter and really **** people up. You guys got any advice on how to switch hit?
I guess I'm about the only one that thinks you should pick the one that you like best and refine it.
Edit: Actually By reading your write up I believe you would be best served through using the orthodox position as your kicking power is probably never going to make much difference in an MMA fight unless you're just a straightup badass kickboxer.
Last edited by Anna Kovacs; 8/12/2008 2:03pm at .
Your opinion sucks now go sit down.
Originally Posted by AnnaTrocity
No, seriously, I'll concur that you should refine one side but switching can be cool when you need it.
Drown yourself. You're living on borrowed time, lefty
Lefty's have rights too..........
they just can't use them.
I agree with Annatrocity and Omega's reply to her post....
Being a "switch" hitter sounds really fucking cool in theory. Of course you want to be equally skilled fighting from both sides and completely expand your options. The unfortunate reality is that there are very, very few people who can do it effectively. What ends up happening is that they divide their time training their different sides, then wind up being half-assed no matter what lead they fight from.
My personal advice/experience is that you would be best served by choosing a side and focusing your efforts on mastering it. The fact that you are comfortable and somewhat competent at switching will still give you an advantage, but like I said, you should train to be a capable fighter from one side rather than a half-assed fighter from both sides....
I agree with Khun Kao. The first thing I do is to make the fighter identify whether they are right handed or left.
Then I insist that they practice "Stance-Discipline", and every time they screw up and make a shift to the other stance, they pay, either I kick their legs or they take a head-shot.
What I have noticed is that during the transition from one side to the other they drop their lead hand mostly, they dont evn realize it.
Likewise when they also have the ability to change sides, and by chance they take a heavy shot to their leg they switch up to protect it. I tell them that thats a "tell" that you have hurt them and to attack that area again. And again, again, and again.
Now I'm not saying that some people can't be a switch-hitter, and there are good one's out there, but "You aint them", otherwise you would be on TV, and you would be making millions of $$$$$$$$$$$.
Wait, you punch people in the head if they punch or kick from the wrong stance?
Yes if your trainer wants to keep you honest, then you pay for stupid mistakes.
Guess I'm late to the party, but thought I'd chime in anyways.
How long is your reach? I box southpaw, but I have short arms. That means that when I'm sparring a righty (as I usually am), my right foot is toe to toe with his left, and so my left hand is a loooong way from it's destination, ideally, my opponents face. I really have to step in close in order to land a left with any power, and it telegraphs like crazy. I have tons of power on the bag, but the mechanics of landing it on a person are not in my favour. And I almost never get to throw left hooks, which is one of my strongest punches. This wouldn't be an issue (or at least, would be less of one) if I had longer arms.
Maybe something to consider?