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everything wrote:sorry, while it should've probably been obvious, I will clarify the assumption that the question is mostly about boxing/kickboxing/sport striking contexts such as sparring for fun or a sport competition, and - especially if you have participated in such contexts - what your opinion may be about orthodox vs. strong hand forward and why you have this opinion.
I do not care about this question so much in super hypothetical unarmed self defense, military, leo, bouncer, the mean streetz, etc., etc. contexts, though that is a different interesting topic. If you prefer to wax philosophical or wildly speculate based on no experience in that context, or go off on tangents, feel free though. Hint: there are various other threads for that and you could start your own. There is also OTT.
klonk wrote:I'm right handed and box orthodox: left hand first.
But let me ramble a little bit. I guarantee it will be worth what you paid.
I think about the larger question of which side leads in terms of Western fencing. Bruce Lee said that is where he got the right hand lead. I'm right handed and fence in the usual manner: right hand first. I'll discuss this from a fencing standpoint because fencing is the most developed martial art from the standpoint of analysis and logic.
Now, the fencing Lee was seeing and borrowing from was of late era, when the sword was your defensive and offensive weapon. Let's fire up the Wayback Machine and go back to former times when Western fencing involved a sword and shield.
If you have a shield now your left is in front again. The Imperial Romans were real, real good at this: you engage the foe with your shield and use your sword from behind your shield in short fast attacks that were intended to be lethal. It worked so well that it was common to use a shield up to the Elizabethan period; using a sword with at least a buckler (small shield) was still somewhat a thing as late as George Silver's time.
That's where boxing still is, attacking with the deadler weapon in reserve: fighting from behind a guard.
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