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The 4 Common Types of Blocks

Updated: Jan 15

People use blocks as a way to defend their legs and arms. Most blocks are with a closed fist or an open hand but there are blocks with the legs that can be learnt. If done properly, any block will stop the attack, no matter the speed or power. It can be very useful because it can give a split second to counterattack. There are four main types of blocks: Outside, Inside, Low, and High Blocks that will be discussed. These are the most basic and common blocks that are with closed fists but there are other types of blocks that are open handed as well like the knife hand block. Outside Block is when the left arm turns to the outside of the left side, which means that the closed fist is facing away from your face. An outside block is perfect for to block reverse punches and to reduce the impact from kicks. An inside block is when the left arm is turned to the right one, moving from outwards to the inside. This block is great for deflecting punches or side kicks. The point of the block is that the inside of the forearm will meet the attacker’s back of the leg or forearm and push it away. A low block is when the arm is brought down to the side of the leg and the closed fist is away from you. This block is useful when blocking a kick that was directed at them or to block a hand grab. It can also be used to prevent strikes at the mid-body such as hook punches, side kicks, and roundhouse kicks. A high block, on the other hand is when the arm is raised above the head, and the closed fist is facing away from you. The high block is over the head and not the forehead because the top of the head wouldn’t be covered if that were the case. Arms should be turned so that the palm is facing up in a fist. The purpose of this block is to defend the head from attacks that are high. Some examples include, an axe or hook kick to the head or someone swinging a weapon such as a club or bat. Written by Harini Sangeetham

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