Thoughts on Stance
Admittedly, the stance is just a starting point, but I remember GM Maranga warning me about ineffective stances: “In that stance you’re already a dead man.”
Look at the traditional Tapado stance, with the left hand at the pommel of the stick and the right foot forward. The overight strike is powerful and non-telegraphic.
However, with the right foot forward and the stick gripped right over left (like most right-handed batters) the underight strike is awkward.
Now, with the right hand at the pommel and the right foot forward, I am in a stance resembling a baseball batter’s. If there were a stance more conducive to more powerful strikes with a bat, baseball players would be using it. To start, my shoulders are square to the opponent. There is less power than the baseball stance, but I can strike without telegraphing and I can still twist to wind up if I need to. The overleft strike is powerful and sudden.
But note that I can also do the underleft strike, getting my hips into it like a homerun hitter.
In the right forward stance, right hand hand at pommel, and stick at the left shoulder, I can immediately launch into either an overleft or an underleft strike.