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How to Block Punching Combos in Kickboxing

Updated April 17, 2017

Blocking a punch is different in kick-boxing from boxing. Boxing, where all you have to worry about is hand combinations, allows for head movement and ducking punches. Kick-boxing, with kicks and possibly knee strikes to go along with punches, does not allow for much head movement. Punches must be blocked by covering and absorbing strikes. There are three main types of punches to block: straight punches (jab and cross), hooks and uppercuts. Always be sure to wear protective gear when practicing these blocks.

Stand properly. Your chin should be down with your hands up and elbows in.

Sweep your lead hand over your ear. This motion should be similar to brushing your hair back over your ears.

Keep the hand pressed to against your head. Turn so the arm that is now covering the side of your head is facing the oncoming punch.

This will also work for blocking with the power hand.

Stand properly. Your chin should be down with your hands up and elbows in.

Sweep your lead hand over your ear. It is the same motion as blocking a straight punch.

Keeping your hand glued to the side of your head. Bring the other hand up to deflect the punch.

This motion will also work for blocking hooks on the other side.

Stand properly. Your chin should be down with your hands up and elbows in.

Lower one arm so your forearm is parallel to the floor. Be careful to keep the other arm up and protecting your sides.

Turn in slightly toward the punch.

This block can be done from either side.

Stand properly. Your chin should be down with your hands up and elbows in.

As the punch is thrown, meet it with your opposite hand coming across and swat it to the side.

Use your left hand to block right punches and your right hand to block left punches.

Warning

Always wear protective gear when practicing these blocks.

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Bill White, a Presidential Fitness Award Winner, is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has been a writer since 2007, contributing to various websites as a budget fitness trainer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University.