Hi. I guess it's kinda presumptuous to have my first post be a thread, but I had a specific question I've been trying to answer so I guess I'll just ask. I started sparring (let's just say it's MMA, for simplicity's sake) about a month ago, and I've noticed that I tend to favor this rather unusual stance. My trainer/instructor never corrects me during sparring, but I'm wondering a) whether it's effective and b) what it is, exactly. See, four years prior, I spent a year studying an American composite style (head instructor combined a bunch of styles, almost at random..."McDojo" is on the tip of my tongue, though I'd hate to admit it) and this stance I favor was one of the first one's I learned. It goes like so: Body is perpendicular to your opponent's, assuming opponent is just standing normally. Knees bent, forward heel is lifted, angled slightly toward the opponent. Hands are supposed to be up near the chin, though I favor tucking the forward elbow into the ribs, leaving the forward forearm parallel to the floor and the opponent. Back arm goes across the chest to cover the chin. I have little faith in my boxing technique, so I tend to favor kicks (and sidekicks, at that! Odd, given what I've read about sidekicks around here). I find that the raised foot reduces the response time for both side and roundhouse kicks, and even use it as a transitional stance when throwing kicks from the more "traditional," squarish MMA stance I'm being taught currently. Moreover, while the hand placement seems odd, it's easy to maintain throughout the entire kick. Is it worthwhile to keep this in my arsenal? Or am I maintaining a bad habit? Have I subconsciously been watching too many kung fu movies (the joke here is that I don't watch any, see...)? Does this stance sound familiar to anyone? Thanks for any help!