Hi everyone, I have a boxing background, I’m currently training kickboxing (Dutch style) but I’m planning on transitioning to MMA in the near future. I have a (perhaps negative) tendency to use the left shoulder roll and upper body movement to block and dodge body and head strikes. It makes me a little susceptible to leg kicks, however my reflexes are decent and I’m usually able to block or dodge these in time. MMA guys usually keep their hands a little further down to defend takedowns, as opposed to (Dutch) kickboxers, who usually keep a high guard. Does a partial low guard like the shoulder roll help when fighting opponents that you know like to shoot for the takedown? I can imagine the blocking hand being relatively low would be able to fend off opponents shooting quickly by pushing them down, while you simultaneously push your lower body out the way and sprawl.