So going back a few years, I was in a Nam Pai Kungfu group at university, a form of southern Shaolin style. Because of the situation, they encouraged us to train using whatever stances and principles of martial arts we had learned previously, as long as we were able to follow what they were teaching. I had learned Karate to almost brown belt level and what we called ninjutsu (actually it's called budo taijutsu and is basically a modified jujitsu) to 8th kyu most recently, so of course I was using a ninjutsu stance. We sparred for most of the sessions (for the most part a type of sparring where we were told to hit a particular body part with a particular body part in order to score a point), and while I could confidently fight most of them including the instructor - but he was usually sparring with a girl who was worse than someone that's never trained martial arts before because she was given a black belt by a kung Fu teacher who didn't have a clue what he was doing - there was one brown belt who used a snake style stance that I just couldn't land a hit on. When I tried being patient and waiting for an opening, there wasn't one, and when I tried creating an opening, he found one first. I realise that my style is very direct and hard, which snake is supposed to counter, but how in the hell do you fight something like that? I watched the sifu fight him with interest several times and they seemed about as well matched as myself and sifu, but when I myself was against the snake style guy, I was just picked apart like I hadn't trained at all. So if I'm ever against a snake style user in the future, how on earth do you deal with it?