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    Question Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Do you think Left-Handed people in Kenpo have an Advantage, a Disadvantage or should not exist and be destroyed??

    IMHO - I believe Lefty's (like myself) have a tremendous advantage!!
    When I started training a little over a year ago I thought the opposite, It seemed that most techniques were designed for right handers, since then I've realized that Martial Artist have to be ambidextrous and I've got a head start, I'm just as bad on both sides

    What do you think???
    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    There's always an awkwardness at first. When I cross trained, we did stuff on both sides...basicly, anytime I did stuff with a stick, it took getting used to..however, when I went back to the kenpo, it was then natural for me to want to do things on both sides, esp during drills and what not. I think you have an advantage when youre comfortable on both sides and using both hands.
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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Anything that can give you an advantage over someone in a fight is a positive thing. I wish I was as good with my left as I am with my right.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    I think it is entirely situational. Often, when my instructor asks me to do something, without thinking, I do the "opposite side"; he usually looks at me and says, "No dummy, base side" while laughing at me. It's kind of a joke between us. As an instructor is is both advantageous and a disadvantage. It is postive when I am leading a class and can do the opposite allowing the class to mirror me. It is a disadvantage when I lapse into my left thinking I am doing the base while teaching. The trick is slowing down and thinking before acting or speaking, something many lack in many circumstances.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    No problem ... Being a left hander can be a real advantage in a "situation".

    Aside from the fact that left handed people live, on average, seven years less than right handers, it ain't bad at all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sigung86
    No problem ... Being a left hander can be a real advantage in a "situation".

    Aside from the fact that left handed people live, on average, seven years less than right handers, it ain't bad at all.

    That's because the right handers keep trying to kill us
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by Miyu
    There's always an awkwardness at first. I think you have an advantage when youre comfortable on both sides and using both hands.
    I'm with Susan on this one for sure!
    All except for that "Hot Fudge" part. To be honest, it never feels like you get it totally washed off!

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by Brother John
    I'm with Susan on this one for sure!
    All except for that "Hot Fudge" part. To be honest, it never feels like you get it totally washed off!
    *blinks*...and that's what makes it...um, worth it...? All the, uh, extra...work...that's it, work
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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpo-Sloth
    It seemed that most techniques were designed for right handers, since then I've realized that Martial Artist have to be ambidextrous and I've got a head start, I'm just as bad on both sides
    Over the years I have had conversations with many students or the parents of juniors on this very subject.

    It's not unusual for people to think that the Self Defence Techniques were created for right handed people, but this is not the case.

    The majority of people are right handed, therefor the techniques are designed to respond to a right handed attacker, not a right handed defender

    But Mr Parker did have all the angles covered, just take a look at the Forms in the system. Aren't we doing 'left hand versions' of the Self Defence Techniques there.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by Les
    It's not unusual for people to think that the Self Defence Techniques were created for right handed people, but this is not the case.

    The majority of people are right handed, therefor the techniques are designed to respond to a right handed attacker, not a right handed defender
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    Hi Les,
    This was only my opinion, and as I stated in my post "When I started training"........


    Some techniques are right & left (Alternating Maces, etc....) but here are a few "Right Handed" Techniques:




    • Delayed Sword - right block, right kick, right handsword

    • Sword of Destruction - right block, right kick, right handsword

    • Deflecting Hammer - right downward block, right elbow strike

    • Captured Twigs - right hammer fist, right obscure elbow

    • Mace of Agression - right hammer fist, right elbow strikes

    • Sword & Hammer - right handsword, right hammer fist
    I believe a lefty benefits more from learning these types of techniques.
    Once in class I was learning a technique called "Groin Punch", the technique has a right handed monkey fist/punch and (just like everything else) I had trouble with it. I tried the monkey punch with my left hand and my instructors agreed, "He is better with his Left hand".
    Maybe one day left or right will be the same
    Last edited by Kenpo-Sloth; 04-03-2005 at 10:59 AM.
    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by sigung86
    No problem ... Being a left hander can be a real advantage in a "situation".

    Aside from the fact that left handed people live, on average, seven years less than right handers, it ain't bad at all.

    Between being Left Handed and my 2 daughters, I don't have much time left
    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpo-Sloth
    Some techniques are right & left (Alternating Maces, etc....) but here are a few "Right Handed" Techniques:
    • Delayed Sword - right block, right kick, right handsword

    • Sword of Destruction - right block, right kick, right handsword

    • Deflecting Hammer - right downward block, right elbow strike

    • Captured Twigs - right hammer fist, right obscure elbow

    • Mace of Agression - right hammer fist, right elbow strikes

    • Sword & Hammer - right handsword, right hammer fist
    Just so I don't get people angry, I think there is a left check in there somewhere
    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    In my opinion, I believe it is an advantage. Working the security industry you come across people who fight more than the average person does (some every weekend it seems). Some of these people have had training, and some are just the average, young, "tough guys". Either way, their brains become wired to subconsciously look for that power right punch, because that's how martial artists train (at least most of them), or fighting experience has taught them that. When they encounter the south paw it usually does come as a surprise, which leads to a painful outcome. Even in boxing matches, it's usually the left hook that takes you out, coming under your peripheral sight, blind siding you, after you missed with that right hand thunder punch.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    WOW after reading all of this, there is nothing LEFT to say.
    " Resolve to be tender with the young,compassionate with the aged,sympathetic with the striving,tolerant with the weak and wrong..... Because sometime in your life you will have been all of these"

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    This is a good thread to re-visit since we have so many more members these days.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Default Re: Lefty - Advantage or Disadvantage

    I think it's an advantage to be a leftie. Naturally I think this because I am a leftie.

    Lefties tend to be much more ambidextrous than righties because we are forced to be. We live 7 years less because we tend to get in more accidents than righties because things are made for righties.

    We are at a disadvantage because our right side is generally weaker, but we tend to be more versatile in working other sides.

    Not to mention that we're generally just better-looking.

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