A martial artist asked if I was left-handed, because in some ways my style appears left-handed. But in reality I am right-handed, and my style is right hand dominant.
Let’s start empty-handed. My inspiration is Bruce Lee, who fought with his dominant right side forward. This meant that his strong right hand jab and right side kick were forward. Since in boxing you will throw and land more often with the jab, why not jab with your strong arm?
The left hand, which is normally weaker, gains power because it builds up speed and momentum due to greater distance traveled and greater torque. So my knockout blows are the left straight, the left roundhouse kick, the left overhand elbow, and the left knee.
I was showing this empty-hand system to a friend this summer, but he just couldn’t do the left elbow. The initial tendency is to say right-forward stance and left elbow don’t work. But it makes sense, and it can be learned.
People will get lazy and throw the lead right jab, then move the left foot forward and hit with the right rear hand or elbow. This is because they haven’t developed their left side weapons, and they will be weak in combat.
With a weapon it also makes sense to have a right-forward lead. If you are right-handed you want your weapon hand in the lead. It’s easier to block and attack with a bolo in your right hand, which is forward, than your empty left hand if your left side is forward.
Now here is where I differ with a lot of people. Many (most?) guys who use the two-handed grip will hold the bat like a right-handed baseball player, with the left hand at the pommel and the right hand above it. Only instead of having the left foot forward like a baseball batting stance, they have the right foot forward (See Amo Guro Blackgrave here.). The Tapado stylists use a similar stance.Yet I argue that the more powerful stance would be that of the baseball stance with the left foot forward, because it allows you to step into the strike and get the full torque of the hips.
So for me, I have the dominant right hand at the pommel. This is how I swing the stick one-handed, which I may do on occasion. Now by adding the left hand above it, I can instantly go into bat strikes without any grip changes. By standing with my right foot forward and placing the bat over my left shoulder, I can now get the full power of hip rotation.
If you think about it, there are other advantages of this “left” stance (right foot forward, right hand at pommel, left hand above it, and bat resting over the left shoulder.). For one, an opponent may throw up his left hand to entangle my bat while striking with his right. Because I am hitting from my left side, it is easier for me to avoid his left hand and hit his weapon hand.