I did a quick search and couldn't find what I was looking for so please bear with me. I'm a lefty, trained mt for about 1.5 years when I was 14 and 15, took 3 years off and now I've been back at it for about 2 months. Actually, I've been back at bjj for about 2 months only hitting the odd mt class so my standup is very lacking to say the least. When I was younger, my standup was a lot better than it was now. What I remember doing was throwing my left side almost all the time. I would jab a few times, step across then throw a big left kick. After that, I would set the left leg down forwards and throw a big straight left. I used to land that combo so much it wasn't even funny. I even hit my kickboxing instructor (who was a 4 time world champ) a few times with that combo. I've been trying to do that again but it doesn't seem to work. My opponents just keep stepping back and avoiding the kick completely. What are some things I can work on as a left handed fighter? I usually throw straight lefts and right hooks but I have a HUGE problem getting in close enough to land anything. When my opponent throws a jab, I step to the outside of it and throw a straight left. If I can get in close enough, it lands and works well. I want to stop throwing this combo though because if I miss the straight left, it leaves my head WIDE OPEN to thier right. I've heard that a good counter to a jab from a righty is to hit them with my lead hand hook (right hook). How would I go about setting this up off a jab? And, what are some ways to get in to land some more straight lefts? Thanks!