So here is another one of those threads asking about which stance someone should use, but I think my case is a little different. I have been involved in semi contact sports on and off throughout my childhood and adolescence, even did some boxing in there too. A few years ago I decided to commit myself to full contact kickboxing/MMA but unfortunately long working hours and the fact the nearest reputable MMA gym is 30 miles away, I have had to learn from tutorials, breakdowns and sparring with a friend. I am left handed, but because of the crappy kickboxing I did when I was a kid I was forced to fight orthodox (club rules IDK why). As I got older I started training southpaw and I'm at a point where both stances are useful but for different reasons. So I'm here to ask about your opinions as to what I should do. I might add that my fighting style is to start off pure counter striking and then gradually get more aggressive. Also I'm quite tall and so fight on the outside preferbly Pros and Cons Ortho: -I find more openings for strikes in orthodox stance, as in engaging not counter punching -Left Hook is powerful and available as I'm comfortable throwing it. -Jab is strong accurate and quick also a useful tool for maintaining range -I have a Right Dominant Leg and so pushing forward is easier and opens up angles for my right hand -Right Kicks -Bit more comfortable due to time using Ortho *Right Hand not as powerful as left but still have confidence in it *Get hit a lot more in Ortho than Southpaw (not sure why maybe defense is lacking) *Countering is harder in my experience *The distance between me and Opponent is small than Southpaw Pros and Cons Southpaw -Left straight is obviously better, more accurate -Counters way better too, I hardly ever get hit by right hand when sparring at my preferred range -Movement backward is better (Due to Right leg in front) and thus I get hit less and counter more. -Southpaw advantage *Right Jab isn't as good as left, sometimes leaving me open for them to get inside *Find less opening for me to engage the fight, a lot of work is done on the counter *Left leg kicks not as great *less experience, still needs a bit of work So I'm indecisive as to what I should do. Do I focus on ortho, southpaw or both? Thanks In advance.