During fighting or boxing training, the worst thing is to get punched in the head. A head injury is the most fatal one and causes severe injuries like brain damage etc. Defense is essential in boxing as protection is equally important as knocking out your opponent to win. In fact, the best offence is a good defense. It is best to learn how to block punches as effectively as possible.
There are various instances where you need to apply the philosophy to block and evade a punch for self-safety. It is not as easy to block as it seems, but learn how to block a punch properly to minimize the risks of injuries. One must practice well on punching bags, boxing bags, and shadowboxing to block and understand every discipline
How to practice blocking punches?
One must practice blocking punches through defense drills. Start practicing slowly to train your muscles and allow your brain to memorize the patterns to block each punch.
Blocking a punch with your body
- Prepare your torso:
A blow to the stomach could come too quick and devastating, the best way to deal with it is to tighten your stomach muscles. Mainly, prepare your torso by shifting, diminish the force of the blow, and allow the oblique muscles, and absorb the force as well.
- Block with your head:
Blocking with your forehead can damage your opponent’s hand as well due to its hardness and resilience. For this thing tighten your neck muscles, clench the jaw, and lean into the oncoming blow to absorb the throw on your forehead. Exercise well to deal with the block, as poor timing or placement can lead to disaster.
- Heed his feet:
When you sense danger or violence, focus on your awareness of the posture of the opponent. If the aggressor has his right foot back, it is expected that he will punch with that hand, and focusing on this thing will prepare you for the blow.
- Direct the punch:
Never try to block the punch to your head, as it would be disastrous. Try to deal with the blow to the side rather than facing it directly.
- Cover the strike:
While keeping the stance tight and neck muscles tensed, and keeping your hands near to your head. This way one can cause a transfer of force that may knock your own hand while leaving you poorly protected.
Blocking with a Parry
- Focus your aim:
A parry is a counterblow that requires quick reflexes and is more effective than a simple block. It can come in the form of a jab, hook, or a close quarter strike. A parry will be effective on the basis of circumstances and reflexes and usually a short-distance strike by using oncoming force to create damage.
Focus on the posture of your opponent and detect his stance to respond co-accordingly and respond to violence. Focus that while attacking which foot is leading and following as punch is normally thrown from the same side. The rotation of the body and clenching of the fist is also the best indicators of a blow.
- Focus on your target
Being amateur you cannot detect the type of strike but for an effective Parry, you need a counter strike. Choose targets to strike like bicep muscles or inside of the elbow joint.
- Practice punching bags
Practice well by making strikes on punching bags or boxing bags, as you will strike and they will move in slow motion to show you how to launch a Parry. Knowing the motions and strike targets will make you eligible for effective training. It will improve reflex time as well.
- Evade tactfully
It is highly effective to swat away blows as a strong punch takes a lot of energy so slapping away their fist to either side of your body will tire him out while keeping you safe.
Blocking a punch in the ring
- Understand the rules
As a professional fighter, one must understand the rules of fighting to protect the opponent and ensure a fair fight. Although in the real world you cannot trust your opponent to follow all the rules.
- Learning of basics
Learn the basic boxing punches including jab, the cross, the hook, and the uppercut, and understand well how to execute them.
- Preparation for a Jab
Jab is the most frequently used punch so block this punch with your palm or deflect the punch on the other shoulder.
- Avoid the Cross
Blocking in boxing is not just using boxing gloves but defending your shoulders comfortably. A cross is a straight power punch by your opponent so try to take it on your shoulders rather than stopping it with your hands.
- Slip the blow
By turning your hips slightly with the oncoming punch, and then your opponent will not have time to alter the course and you will slip the punch. By evading the blow, you can achieve the purpose.
- Bob and weave
To escape an impending punch, you can bob your head by sliding underneath to the side of your opponent’s glove. As you evade the punch, weave into a standing position to either side of his outstretched arm.
A Concluded Note:
A true martial artist, can practice defense by himself on punching bags and boxing bags or shadowboxing. Effective defensive boxing moves develop largely from muscle memory and the way you find your own rhythm as you move. Boxing defense can make or break professional fights and one must go through defensive training and learn how to block incoming punches.
As a professional fighter, he put everything together, which makes him a greater, and more knowledgeable martial artist.