FightingArts Estore
Pressure Points
From a medical professional, straight facts on where and how to hit that can save your life.
Limber or not, anyone can add height and speed to their kicks with this method.
For yourself or as a gift, calligraphy is special, unique and lasting.
Karate Uniforms
Look your best. Max snap. low cost & superior crafted: “Peak Performance Gold” 16 oz uniforms.

Classic book translation. Hard to find. Not in stores.
Who's Online
0 registered (), 134 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
FuYuan, chilin, simple, Max8811, Aanna
23127 Registered Users
Top Posters (30 Days)
FuYuan 2
cxt 1
Max8811 1
jakmak52 1
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
New Topics
Championship Kata/Forms Techniques
by jakmak52
12/22/16 03:55 PM
Pregnancy and training
04/23/06 02:31 AM
Recent Posts
Pregnancy and training
by Max8811
08/14/17 11:23 AM
Championship Kata/Forms Techniques
by cxt
08/04/17 10:25 PM
Forum Stats
23127 Members
36 Forums
35678 Topics
432719 Posts

Max Online: 424 @ 09/24/13 10:38 PM
Topic Options
#331935 - 03/31/07 08:40 PM new southpaw
Boomer Offline

Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 304
Loc: York, Pa
So I've been fighting for years. Suddenly I'm 30, and my body doesn't heal the same way it did before. I injured my left knee, and as a result I've switched stances to nurse it. I'm an orthodox fighter (left hand, left foot forward) and always thought I was pretty good in southpaw stance. Turns out, I'm only good in southpaw when I can fall back on orthodox if I get in trouble.

So....any tips for a brand new southpaw? I'm gonna be fighting this way for a good 4 months apparently. I never had trouble fighting against southpaws, and I always knew enough to keep my toes outside of theirs and watch for the straight left.
What should be my main focus?
Calling yourself "Master" implies that you have slaves.

#331936 - 04/01/07 07:00 AM Re: new southpaw [Re: Boomer]
Prizewriter Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 2577
Footwork, no question. If you have been boxing for a while, other areas such as defence and punching should be fairly well developed. The transition to southpaw will be less painful in those areas.

What you need to do is get your movement and footwork correct. This means going back to basics.

Try this:

Stand in a southpaw stance with your guard up. Bounce on the balls of your feet. Imagine you are facing North on a compass. Bounce round 90 degrees to face East. Then again to face South, then again to face West, then back again to North... Do this a few times.

Once you have done this clockwise, try doing it counter-clockwise (i.e. instead of going North to East, start by going North to West etc...)

Once you've did this, try going 180 degrees, i.e from North to South, then back again....

The idea here is to get you use to adjusting your position quickly without compromising your stance, balance & guard.

This is very old but very effective drill. An awful lot of Olympic teams still use this very drill, even though they are at the top of the tree.

Very good drill and it should help.
"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food" Hippocrates.

#331937 - 04/01/07 11:11 AM Re: new southpaw [Re: Boomer]
Taison Offline
The Forum Dragon
Professional Poster

Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 3629
Loc: BKK, Thailand
I feel you Boomer.

People think it's so damn easy to transit from one stance to another, they can just do it on the fly in the ring. Wrong.

I'm having so much problem with orthodox because I've always been a southpaw (I am right handed btw).

The saying "Think in an mirror image, and you'll be fine" doesn't work.

I've always relied on going back to southpaw when things get out of hand, but recently I've pushed myself to remain orthodox because as I grow older, I can't afford trading hits anymore.

One thing you can try is to do some corner practice, and lots and lots of shadow boxing. Corner practice is when you're in the corner and need to defend yourself from a rush while unable to move away. You should be familiar with this but man it's hard when you're unable to fight in your 'natural' way.

Other than that, follow PW's words. He's older than me, he knows more. That's for sure.

-Taison out
I got two fists.. Don't make me use my head as well!

#331938 - 04/04/07 01:26 PM Re: new southpaw [Re: Taison]
Boomer Offline

Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 304
Loc: York, Pa
I think I'm getting this southpaw theory at least. I've been studying martial arts so long, I forgot what it was like to be "scared" again.

I forced myself to stay "in there" and box as a southy, and I've been taking serious lumps. The new guys love it...they call it "target practice" and "retribution" since they can't touch me when I'm orthodox.

I appreciate the input...footwork seems to be helping some, but it also seems to give me a tendancy to run. I guess staying put to get some confidednce is what I really need right now. In the meantime I'll be earning my new nickname..."Target"
Calling yourself "Master" implies that you have slaves.

#331939 - 04/04/07 01:32 PM Re: new southpaw [Re: Boomer]
Chen Zen Offline
Professional Poster

Registered: 02/09/03
Posts: 7043
Loc: Ms
Im a southpaw first and orthodox second, although Im right handed. Since Im right handed my strong hand becomes my lead in southpaw. So for me, its just a matter of making sure my lead hand is stronger than his. Since his lead is his weak hand, it should be easy. If you dont have that then Id work on my footwork and also be sure to try and get to the outside of his lead.
"When I let Go of who I am, I become who I might be."
Lao Tzu


Moderator:  Cord, MattJ, Reiki, Taison 

Action Ads
1.5 Million Plus Page Views
Only $89

Self Defense
Offering stun guns, pepper spray, tasers and other self defense products not available in stores.

Pepper Spray
Online distributor of self defense supplies like videos, stun guns, Tasers and more.

Spy Cameras
Surveillance, Hidden Cameras, Nanny Cams, Digital Recorders, Spy Equipment, Pocket DVR's and more

Stun Gun
Wholesale Directlhy to the Public! Stun gun and Taser Guns and personal protection products. Keep your loved ones at home safe!


Unbreakable Unbrella

krav maga