I started taking private wrestling / jui-jitsu lessons from a pro fighter who's been coaching wrestling for the last 12 years. He knows his shit. It is really excellent. He believes strongly in a lower stance than what I use. I stand very tall with a narrow stance and legs only slightly bent. He has me widen my stance and bend my knees more, which he believes is important for MMA, both for take down defense and performing take downs. I do not see myself using take downs. It isn't my personality and my strength is kicking people, which I like to do quickly from either leg. My concern is take down defense. Maybe that will change in the future when I get better at this material. Right now, I enjoy staying on my feet. For the purposes of take down defense only, is it ok to stand tall? Do you need a wider stance at all times to effectively defend yourself from higher level grapplers or can it be done from a tall kickboxing stance? Anyone have any video examples of kickboxers successfully stopping a take down from their normal stance, either by fighting out of it or managing to sprawl? I am open to the idea of changing my stance if I eventually agree that it is necessary, but I am strongly disinclined because I'm old, set in my ways, and like how I do things already. Changing how I stand is a tall order and I can't take it lightly without a long and hard think about it.