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2/21/2008 4:11pm,
Seems so according to "university of montpellier"


Opponents simply do not expect a left-hook.
The endurance of left-handedness has puzzled researchers, because it is linked to disadvantages including an increased risk of some diseases.
But University of Montpellier experts, writing in Proceedings B, say it could be because they do well in combat.
The team saw that left-handers had the advantage in sports such as fencing, tennis and baseball.
They said that Western interactive sports such as these can be classed as "special cases of fights - with strict rules, including the "prohibition of killing and intentionally wounding the opponent".
This led them to speculate the same advantage may persist in more aggressive contexts, such as war, so societies which are more violent would have a higher frequency of left-handers.
Skill range
The researchers analysed data for eight traditional societies; the Kreyol people of Dominica, the Ntimu of Cameroon, the Dioula-speaking people of Burkina Faso, the Baka of Gabon, Inuit people and the Eipo people of Irian Jaya, New Guinea.

They looked at homicide-rates and the frequency of left-handedness, and found they appeared to be linked.
The Dioula were found to have a homicide rate equivalent of one hundredth of a death per 1,000 people per year, and a left-handedness rate of just 3%.
But the Eipo had around three homicides per 1,000 people and a left-handedness rate of 20%.
Chris McManus, a professor of psychology at University College London who has made a study of the pros and cons of left-handedness, said it was true that left-handers did have an advantage in a fight.
"It's the same advantage as you see with tennis players, baseball players and cricketers.
But he added: "The question is whether that advantage in fights then goes on and dominates the rate of left-handedness in societies.
"And I think the answer is 'no it doesn't'. The explanation must be much more complex than that."
Professor McManus said the more likely explanation for the persistence of left-handedness was the need for individuals with a range of qualities and skills within societies.
He added that the French study had also examined too few people, raising concerns over its conclusions.

Is this true?
Or something you've noticed in training and competitions ?

Kentucky Fried Chokin
2/21/2008 4:17pm,
Southpaws sometimes do better because they're harder to train for. There arn't as many of them out there so we're not as famaliar with them as rightys.

Happy Panda
2/21/2008 4:43pm,
Opponents don't expect a left hook? The left hook isn't exactly exclusive to southpaws...

2/21/2008 4:51pm,
we'll i guess im gonna be knocking a lot of people out...

2/21/2008 4:52pm,
HA!, I'm southpaw.....

2/21/2008 4:59pm,
Mark Hatmaker advocates a right lead because with MMA gloves, having a powerful back arm punch isn't as necessary- knockouts can occur with either hand, so as he sees it its better to have the more coordinated side forward.

2/21/2008 5:04pm,
Southpaws make for more interesting boxing I think.

2/21/2008 5:15pm,
It's because there are fewer southpaws out there, making it harder for a righty to prepare for them.

As for myself, all I can seem to get for sparring partners are southpaws, so it's all the same to me.

2/21/2008 5:16pm,
I'm superior to right-handers in more ways than just fighting.

My incredible modesty springs to mind first for some reason.

2/21/2008 5:19pm,
I hurt my left arm early on when i started training 15 years ago, and since then always parred southpaw. It gives you a lot more advantages, and I like the extra coodination when my right hand is leading.

2/21/2008 5:23pm,
I spar southpaw so when someone gets around my front hand, I have my good arm to teach them why it's there.

2/21/2008 5:25pm,
Three words: "rare enemy effect".

2/21/2008 5:27pm,
In addition to the rarity, it's also a very easy to use certain footwork structures when fighting out of an unmatched lead generically, which I think makes defense easier.

2/21/2008 5:32pm,
Sothpaws are superior?

Yes, yes we are. in everything, not just fighting. for instance, my girlfriend is hotter than yours and I enjoy far better music than you do. I also dress better.

The Question
2/21/2008 5:35pm,
Southpaws practice against orthodox people more than orthodox people practice against southpaws.
Soutpaws practice against southpaws as much as orthodox people practice against southpaws.
Therefore southpaws have the experience advantage when fighting orthodox people.

2/21/2008 6:01pm,
Yes, southpaws are superior.

All your bases are belong to us!!!