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Old 01-24-2010, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm starting Muay Thai on Tuesday, and since it's my first fighting sport that involves kicks, I'm wondering if I might have some trouble.

I ask this because my dominant hand is right, while my dominant leg is left. And I'm not a bit ambidextrous.

Will this be a problem?
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm starting Muay Thai on Tuesday, and since it's my first fighting sport that involves kicks, I'm wondering if I might have some trouble.

I ask this because my dominant hand is right, while my dominant leg is left. And I'm not a bit ambidextrous.

Will this be a problem?
This is my EXACT situation. I as well would like to know the answer.
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it should not be a problem..... they should teach you how to kick good with both legs
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It shouldn't be to much of a problem, usually when you finish a combo with a straight right, you would throw a left kick, so you could either just throw a front leg kick or do a switch kick.
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I'm starting Muay Thai on Tuesday, and since it's my first fighting sport that involves kicks, I'm wondering if I might have some trouble.

I ask this because my dominant hand is right, while my dominant leg is left. And I'm not a bit ambidextrous.

Will this be a problem?
No. But for the sake of simplicity, you should probably learn how to fight with your strong hand back in a the conventional stance. This will not only make it easy for you to absorb and execute technique, but it will make it a lot easier for your trainer to help correct any issues that they notice.
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It shouldn't be to much of a problem, usually when you finish a combo with a straight right, you would throw a left kick, so you could either just throw a front leg kick or do a switch kick.

Yup, the switch kick technique has definitely helped me improve the effectiveness of kicking and kneeing with my left leg.

I have a similar problem to you beardslay in that even though i'm naturally right handed, I much prefer the southpaw stance so that I can lead with my right. I feel much more fluid in that position. My rear isn't as powerful, but it doesn't feel significantly weak, either.

Is it possible then to have a right handed southpaw or is it because I have yet to learn how to jab effectively with my left?
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Yup, the switch kick technique has definitely helped me improve the effectiveness of kicking and kneeing with my left leg.

I have a similar problem to you beardslay in that even though i'm naturally right handed, I much prefer the southpaw stance so that I can lead with my right. I feel much more fluid in that position. My rear isn't as powerful, but it doesn't feel significantly weak, either.

Is it possible then to have a right handed southpaw or is it because I have yet to learn how to jab effectively with my left?
This is how I am. My left hand is much more accurate and faster, i have no idea why. Same with my left leg. And i prefer the southpaw stance, but i can do either. I am also naturally right handed with most things. And ive learned some good power punches with my right hand out front, and how to switch it up and no confuse myself. I think its something everyone should learn
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It shouldn't be to much of a problem, usually when you finish a combo with a straight right, you would throw a left kick, so you could either just throw a front leg kick or do a switch kick.
I've started focussing on transitioning. Having problems with fluidity though
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it definitly takes some time to get use to, I still suck at doing the switch kick myself and i practice it alot on the heavy bag, I'll just work kicks for 3 rounds at a time and one or two of them ill just do the switch over and over...

Some times ill try take a step with my right leg and making sure my foot is already in the right position and I can get some good power that way... i think it has to do more with me turning my hips over, that part is what really feels awkward for me.
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