Excerpted from Defensive Tactics by Loren W. Christensen
This is a favorite among boxers and mixed martial artists. They favor it over any other block because they don’t have to commit their arm to swat away an attack. So why shouldn’t we use it all the time? Because it really hurts! A full-contact fighter hits his opponent’s bare arms with relatively cushy gloves, and even that hurts. Being hit with bare knuckles hurts much more and could, because of the many sensitive nerves therein, debilitate the arm.
While shielding is an excellent block, I suggest using it as a last resort. I call it an “Eeek! block” because the attacker strikes out so quickly or suddenly that your only option is to take the blow on a limb to shield a precious target, such as your face or ribs.
From your hands-up stance, raise your arm to shield the side of your head. Make sure to press your arm against it. You don’t want your unsupported arm struck and then driven into your skull.
Press both arms against your head when defending against a suspect flailing with both of his fists.
Squish your upper body down and press your forearm against your side.
Shield with both arms when the suspect flails.
Incorporate blocking into your training as you work on other material throughout this book. Block your training partner’s punch or push, and then either step back and retrieve one of your belt weapons, or lunge forward with a counter hit or grappling move. Make blocking part of your regular training so that it’s there for you when you need it.