Posted by Jackelope
This is going to seem mean as hell, but I've got to tell you this-
I know it's hard, and it costs a lot of money, but seriously man you need to get with a trainer. If you don't even know what a proper stance looks like and you're really in your back yard "MMA'ing" with your buddy and breaking each others' noses, then you're participating in something very dangerous that I absolutely will not condone on this message board. You're setting a very dangerous precedent for others to follow and you're not using your head.
MMA is not football. You can't just go out, buy a couple of gloves, and beat the piss out of each other in a back yard somewhere the same way you can go out, buy a football, and throw it back and forth.
I'm sure you're young as hell and this all seems cool to you, but do it right. Trust me. You don't want to be an ugly sumbitch walking around school with a busted nose and a black eye. Let alone be the one with permanent scar tissue when you're 20 something because you gave each other huge cuts and never had them stitched up. Not to mention the fact that you may end up on the news as an example of why MMA is bad. One thing you'll learn as soon as you start training for real is that people who do that are nothing short of idiotic, and they're putting themselves at risk for serious harm.
In one sense this is just like any other sport, though. Nobody is going to become an NBA Hall of Famer by backyard balling with their buddies. They need to come up through the system playing hoops on actual teams. Learning strategies, learning how to ball correctly, and doing so with the support they need. Don't be a 5 o'clock news guy. Get a trainer.
I totally agree with this. Don't be stubborn and learn from real people that are experts.
However, I'll give you a simple answer to your question anyways.
This is not written in stone because some people can switch sides. For example, I throw better leg kicks from orthodox stances, but better body kicks from South paw. I consider myself pretty ambidextrous with my stances, which I attribute to my wrestling-judo background and the fact that I am right handed, but left eye dominant.
Back to your question.
Right handed people typically fight in what is called orthodox stance. This is a stance where your left foot leads. You would jab with your lead hand (left) and cross with your right (your power hand). Left handed people fight South paw, where the lead foot, hand are reversed from orthodox.
Now, where it gets a little more complex in MMA, is that orthodox for wresting or judo is typically leading with the right foot. This is where some right handed wrestlers can really be predictable; leading with the left if they plan on striking and leading with the right if they plan on shooting.
I hope that answers your question, but really you need to consult a professional for training. Avoid training with friends using instructional videos and UFC footage. Putting the risk of injury aside, you will only develop bad habits and would still get murdered by anyone with real fighting experience.
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