How to Block a Punch in Self-Defense

Learn how to block a punch in this Howcast self-defense video.

Okay, so today we are going to speak about how to redirect a punch instead of blocking it. Why, instead of blocking it?

In a real incident of self-defense, it’s very complicated to block a punch. I’m going to show you why. So, if she tries to punch me directly, boom, she can still reach me. Very very complicated, it doesn’t matter if it’s this way or this way, boom. She’s still going to punch me, especially if she moves with her body. So that’s why, normally in the beginning, you should just focus on redirecting.

How do you do that? It’s very, very, very easy. Put your hand here. You put your hand in the shoulder if you want to train it this way, you’re going to go 45 degrees down, slapping the hand very easy. Again. Down. Cross your feet. Okay, 45 degrees. Okay, again, 45 degrees. Again, 45 degrees. Very important it is 45 degrees. Why? She is going to go in this direction.

If I try to oppose that it’s going to be very complicated and I’m going to get punched. So, by going 45 degrees, close your fist, look at what happens. It’s very easy to redirect the punch. So after we practice that a couple times, what we are going to do instead of putting her hand here, she’s going to try to punch and we’re going to do the same thing. Again, again, again. So, I’m going to punch you, you’re going to go very slow, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two. Okay.

And that’s how you redirect a punch.