Hi. I am training for MMA. After researching the fun out of stances and trying a more rear legged stance in sparring, I've come to find it's pretty effective against fighters who have a reach advantage over me. Especially, since I am short and the quicker front kicks allow me to distance myself, along with the advantage of seeming within range of my opponent, but being able to move quickly out of the way. However, our lead coach was out tonight and another filled in his stead. When practicing the fundamentals of parrying and evading, she insisted that I put more weight on my front foot and take an "aggressive stance." I feel like I was being somewhat forced into the same ideology and method rather than focusing on my individual strengths and weaknesses. I'm quick and have a good sense of balance while being lower to the ground, so to me, it makes more sense to work on my rear legged stance. Now, I understand that it's important to be efficient in more than one stance and to vary it depending on the situation. But, at what point should a student begin to implement his own style? I'm no expert, but I am simply going off of the many opinions presented within the forums here and I'm eager to improve.