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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Should i not have a preferred hand

so i've noticed that when i'm hittin a bag or sparring with friends of mine ( don't get me wrong i'm no pro, i like to wrestle with friends and i can fight a street fight but nothing more ) but i don't have a preferred hand to strike with, i feel like i should have one that has more power or is more accurate.
I'm left handed but i don't feel like a southpaw

what's the deal
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2008, 10:27 PM
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I'm natrually ambidetrious (which it sounds like you may be too). theres nothing wrong with not having a prefered hand at all. I don't necisarilly have KO power in either of my hands but I try to make my strikes very acurate. You can hone the accuracy in both hands and make them interchangable it can be a great weapon. This means you can fight from either stance and be just as effective and it throws your opponents timin off
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Just remember that everything is different when you switch from orthodox to southpaw and vice versa. Your angles, their angles, defense are all different and can pose problems for you if you aren't good with both.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 01:58 AM
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thread starter, what you have many envy. it's great to be able to use either hand/foot. trust me. you can switch up your stance and have more options in striking.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 12:46 PM
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In my opinion you're best off chosing one and sticking with it. I'm stronger with my left side but I'm more coordinated with my right(I'm 'right-sided').

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 02:11 PM
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I myself am an orthodox right-handed boxer (not pro) and i actually forced myself to train southpaw. I feel very comfortable in a south paw philly shell stance, but my knockout power is in my right. I think it can only help you in short i dont see why u should favor any specific hand. but like mls said, remember everything is different when u switch.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 06:42 PM
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I switch hit. I fight on both sides and it throws people off. People tend to train only one side but I find that kind of dumb beause if you get injured and need to switch up or want to confuse them its a huge advantage. I preffer to fight unorthodox alot of the time and im right handed. People circle into my power kick with out noticing, my jab has alot of power and my lead hook is devestating.

I am more likely to knock some one out left handed because of my lead hook with the power heand. If they make it out of the first round they are all confused and shit and dont know whats going on. Going into the secound I might keep going left if they cant adjust or dont know whats going on or if they start adjusting I will switch up to right hand and they will get even more confused. If they make it to the third the rest of the fight I will be switching back and fourth.

Switch hitting is great becaue people arent used to it and cant adjust.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2008, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the replies... i guess i won't try to develop one over the other
i do know that i can't left kick worth a shit though
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 01:17 AM
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thats actually a good thing because you can switch your stance a lot and confuse people

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 02:10 AM
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I disagree with the comment that changes stances confuses most fighters. There are really only a few fighters that can effectively confuse other fighters with stance changes, you have to do it with speed and throw at awkward angles. I used to love it when guys would switch up because it's fairly easy to catch guys off guard when they are making the switch.

Using your non preferred hand as a decoy or a jab is much more effective than switching up over and over. With that said, if you can switch up and throw effectively you can put on very exciting fights and keep your opponent off balance.
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