Learning how to defend against punches is no easy task. Boxing wouldn’t be such a difficult sport if that were the case.
No one likes to get hit. Here is a quick breakdown of defending against punches with a good highlight of the defense in action at the end:
Boxing Defense with Arms
- Don’t reach for anything! Keep your elbows attached to your body and your hands glued to your head.
- If you’re about to get hit in the body, squat down and absorb with your forearm. Don’t reach!
- The smaller the block, the better. If you smack punches down, your leaving yourself open for the follow up strikes.
Head Movement to Slip Punches
- When you slip punches, you’re not slipping with your neck or upper body. Instead slip with your hips and pivot.
- Try to slip to the outside of punches. If you slip to the inside, you’re opening yourself up to their other hand.
- Squatting under punches or bobbing and weaving can be great, but don’t get carried away with it, especially in MMA. Knees and uppercuts are a harsh punishment for ducking your head in boxing.
Footwork for Boxing Defense
- Know which range you should be in. If you’re taller, use your reach, but if you’re shorter, get inside.
- Learn to get in and out of range quickly.
There you have it. A quick breakdown on boxing defense. What did you guys think of the video?