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The Left Handed Edge

Research in the world of Olympic competitive sports has shown that for the most part handedness (ie. left or right hand dominant) is not a factor that grants overall advantage to an athlete. The exception to this rule was found however in both Boxing and Fencing, where handedness did account for greater success!

It turned out according to the research that left handed athletes had roughly a 5% advantage over their right handed counterparts of similar skill level. This advantage disappeared however when they were forced to fight another left hander.

Much of this can be put down to the fact that while the left handed athlete trains 90%+ of the time with right handers, the converse is true for the right handers! They typically spend 10% or less of their time working with a "southpaw".

Because of this, the right handed athlete is not used to seeing the lines of attack that the left hander will be using. Suddenly all your bread-and-butter go-to parries and counters are REVERSED! Literally this is a case where "What you don't know can hurt you".

The second big difference when left and right handers compete in the boxing ring is that the footwork will also be reversed.

Boxers in a conventional left lead (right handers) naturally circle clockwise, but can have trouble moving the other way. Conversely, southpaws who fight from a right lead tend to circle counterclockwise. Of course a skilled boxer must be able to circle both directions with equal ease, it's no good to be a NASCAR boxer (only turning to the left, ha ha ha)!

The ability to circle both ways is a simple thing to determine about your opponent, and if you find he can only turn one way it will then becomes easy for you to cut off the ring and corner them by using lateral movement and forcing them to move in a manner they are not comfortable.

One of the great conceptual vehicles for learning to play the left hand side is the Reverse Sumbrada. The left hand reverse sumbrada is the counter to right hand standard sumbrada! Yet to the eye of the right hander they will accuse you of doing the exercise wrong because they will have trouble computing what you are actually doing.

Humorously, I've even had people who could bang away at the basic sumbrada completely fall apart when I switched to the left hand because they weren't getting the visual cues they expected even though all my attacks were to the same lines they should know. Kind of like someone who can dance if they are being lead, but don't really have the movement internalized to where they can do it on their own.

Of course the purpose of learning the Sumbarda and Reverse Sumbarda is not just to do a drill. It is one of those gems of the Filipino arts, a whole study of attack and counter and recounter. Working that one drill, especially the long range version, allows development of sparring skills that will translate into contact fighting because you'll have the follow ups after a block or countered strike.

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

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