When one needs to know how to block a punch, learning at the moment of necessity is often too late. Though you do not need to be a boxing stud, martial artist, or even really athletic to successfully block a punch, one should know a few things in order to keep from getting hurt. Often, if a punch is blocked successfully, even if the individual is not a trained fighter, the assailant will think twice about attacking a second time and this can provide enough time to flee the situation if necessary.
- First, you should understand the basic block movements used in most martial arts and self-defense training. The moves can be mastered alone, but for maximum effectiveness it is recommended you practice with at least one sparring buddy.
- To block a punch coming toward your face, sweep your forearm upward, across your body and holding mostly parallel with the ground. As you pass your face, sweeping upward, rotate your hand or fist so the palm faces out allowing the fleshy part of your forearm to catch, cushion, and divert the punch. This is done with both the right and left arm to block punches coming from different sides.
- To block a punch that may be aimed lower, perhaps chest-level, you can use what is known as an inside block or an outside block. An inside block is performed by basically raising your fist to nose or eye-level, elbow bent at about 90 degrees. Then use the fleshy part of your inner-forearm to divert a punch by pushing it out of the way while sweeping your right arm from right to left, across your body, or vice-versa for the left arm. An outside block is similar, except instead of sweeping the arm across the body, you are diverting the punch outward. With right arm in same position, block the punch out of the way by moving your right arm outward to the right. For the left, it is the same but moving the left arm outward to the left.
- To successfully block a punch, you must consider the direction the punch is coming from. If the attacker is punching with his right you will want to aim your block in that direction. You can block with your right arm using the upward forearm block, the inside block, or the outside block, or block the punch with your left using the left inside block, for example.
- An alternative to some of these blocking moves is to use the fleshy part of your palm, with your hand flexed open, to divert the punches in the same method, rather than using the forearm.