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Basics of Blocking

Blocking is arguably the most important aspect of self defense. If you cannot block effectively, the attackers strike will land and may injure you sufficiently that you cannot then strike back. If all you do is block, however, the attacker will just keep striking until one of them lands. Blocking is generally considered the most important, because if you are very good at this, the opponent will keep missing you and eventually give up. The best defense is when you do not need to damage the opponent – the objective is to protect yourself, not to hurt the opponent.

By learning blocking well, and you are then attacked by someone you are not threatened by (small person, child etc) you can just employ blocks. It would be classed as cowardly if a large person actually hit a small attacker.

This section covers the basic components of a block:
1. Predicting where the attack may come from, so you can choose a block before the attack comes,
2. Understanding the basic components of a block so it is done effectively

For blocks to be most effective, they need to move the strike away from their strongest direction. A punch for example, is strong coming toward you, so you would not…
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The Double Hand Block drill is covered in this chapter for two reasons:1. This is a fantastic drill to learn to block slowly and to speed up as you get…
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