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  1. chaosexmachina is offline
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    I'll throw my hat in for going southpaw too. I think if you stick to it, it will be an advantage for you down the line. Think of that fucking right hook you'll have, it'll throw guys off.
    "The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall." - Mitch Hedberg

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     Style: Hapkido/Judo

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I say pick the one you feel most comfortable in. That being said if you have the time and energy learning how to fight in both stances really throws off an opponent, especially an inexperienced one.
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     Style: Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Pick up southpaw, learn to side kick. Win.
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     Style: Muay Thai

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    I'm assumin the OP is going to be competing in MMA matches? If so, pick whatever you're going to be utilizing most, and assuming cause of the wrestling backround, southpaw.

    But if it's just straight up striking, I would test out both and see which you're more comfortable in, can throw faster/harder with. Because some people may be righties, but throw way stronger roundhouses with their left leg in southpaw then right leg in orthodox.
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     Style: Judo

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    Im a righthanded southpaw.

    Feeling comfortable in both stances could be seen as somewhat of an advantage.
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     Style: Isshin-ryu

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Almost all the best guys in my gym are southpaw. They love it and heavily endorse it, even if you are right handed.
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     Style: Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku

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    Everyone get off the southpaw bandwagon, I hate fighting other southpaw people. Knock it off.
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     Style: Poor mma

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    Just see how many tools need adjustment. I started out as a southpaw, through a useless 6 months of Chun, then a year of muay thai, and now boxing. During muay thai, they had me switch to orthodox, and I only occasionally switch back in boxing. Honestly, the oft repeated "throwing people off their game" is a bit overstated in my opinion. What anyone should really do is focus on how many tools need work however you stand. For example, I found my left cross to be much more difficult to bring up to par standing southpaw than my left hook in orthodox. In the end, I found orthodox to just be easier. (And having that liver up front isn't so fun)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamSP View Post
    Almost all the best guys in my gym are southpaw. They love it and heavily endorse it, even if you are right handed.
    Yeah, simply changing your stance against people who trained orthodox and are only used to it is a huge advantage. The biggest benefit I've found is people who have pre-programmed combos can't get them off, you bring them down to 1 and 2 shots, rather than being able to string together 4 or 5. So even if you're not as good at southpaw as you are orthodox, you can change it into a simpler fight that's easier for you to deal with.
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     Style: JKD, Jiu Jitsu

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I'm right handed, learned TKD striking in a deeeeep (almost sideways) orthodox stance.
    Later I trained with a boxer/kickboxer where I was taught to punch in a southpaw stance (I call it right lead).

    I switch back and forth a lot, but the majority of the time I prefer using a right lead. I like having my power hand in the front.

    Anyway, if you're comfortable in both stances, it can really throw people off when you switch. People typically have to pause and think for a moment in order to adjust. If they're adjusting to you...your advantage.

    One downfall - doing Bas CD's is really hard when I'm standing southpaw.
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