Introduction to Defending Against Punches
Many people just punch or start their attacks with punches
. There are three main concepts that we should think about here: 1. maintaining your balance, 2. practicing safely, and 3. the arm placement. The first concept is the basic technique and the manner in which to apply it. First, it is very important to understand that the following technique is an answer not only to hooks but to every attack made by arms coming in at an angle, including slaps and, in theory, haymakers.
This technique is appropriate to use any time your opponent tries to impact you by bringing his arms in. The technique for dealing with this consists of two crucial parts.
In the first part, you learn how to defend varies punches, starting with the most simple and popular punch – the straight punch, and the hook. It doesn't take an expert to throw one of these punches, but it will take some skill to defend one of these punches.
So, read now.
How to Defend a Straight Punch
The first part is to block the inside of the attacker's attacking arm with the outside of your defending arm.
The outer edge of your hand or arm – the part opposite of your thumb – should make contact with the inside of your opponent's forearm, the same side their thumb is on, at the middle of the forearm. Once you've contacted this area, you should employ the second part of the technique.
How to Defend a Hook Punch
For the second part of the basic technique, you should deliver a strike with the outer edge of your hand to your opponent's shoulder. Together, these techniques control your opponent by giving you control over the arm he makes the attack with. Your blocking arm can hold your opponent's arm from the front, and your strike checks the opponent, making sure that he can not continue to attack you effectively.
Did ever hear about the "weapon replacement"?
Well, the concept of "weapon replacement." The weapon replacement
is replacing your attacks with different types of attacks. For example, the strike to your opponent's shoulder could be an elbow to his head, followed by a slap to his nuts by extending your arm.
Or, it could be a chop made with the intent to chop his head off.
When starting out with training, we want to keep things simple. This ties into the second major point. You need to practice safely but in real time too. Seriously, practice safely!
To be continued.