dojo rat got me thinking about hand position.
My Sensei holds one hand closer to his body and one hand extended out, being held higher. This position allows for him to cover his body and parry away from the head. He's very good at this and it's darn near impossible to 'get in' on him. Some other fighters believe in a keeping their hands in close and held higher, more like a boxer's stance.
For true combat, from my experience in and out of the dojo, I am more likely to adopt the boxer like hand position. I am aware there are strengths and weaknesses to each approach.
The main reasons that I lean towards the boxer type style are as follows:
1. I am more likely to be knocked out if I'm stuck in the face than in the body. So I protect the 'knock out' button located on my chin with my hands. I recognize that body shots can put a person down, but I'm more concerned about ending up unconscious in a real fight.
2. My style of Jiu Jitsu and my theories on combat are mainly based on the idea of moving into my opponent. If I practiced moving away all the time, a more extended hand position might be more appropriate. I feel my chances of being able to absorb an initial attack and move in are pretty high with my hands up.
I could probably make an argument for the extended position as well. It definitely has some advantages. In fact, sparring rules or sessions would likely have me adopt the extended hand position but this is due to rules being in place and most sparring being point based with the action stopping after a hit or two.
For real combat, I want to move it, stay in close and not get knocked out. As such, the hand up high position is superior for me for entry and balance and energy disruption.
I'd enjoy any thoughts on this topic.