How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 1

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Introduction: How to Block Punches From The Guard Position:

Today we are going to learn about the punch block series. This is the most important thing you need to know when you are fighting from guard.

If you don’t know these then you are probably going to get slugged in the face while you are working from guard.

We are going to learn a few simple moves to keep you safe from this danger. Today we are going to learn the first few moves in the punch block series.

Step1: The Range 1 Punch Block Series

Let’s say that you are in mount and you’re doing really great. Suddenly, something happens, and you get knocked off.

The first thing you need to do is lock your feet around your partner, putting them as high up as you can on your partner’s back. This is when you would use the first step in the punch block series where you hold his down and you are controlling one arm with an over-hook or an under-hook. You need to keep your head tight as well, so you don’t get hit if your partner thrashes around.

Step2: Switching Sides

So, you have one arm trapped but the other arm is starting to try and hit you. To be honest, your partner can’t get a really good shot at you when he has scarcely any space. But, if he is just doing some little body shots that you’d like to control you can switch your grip.

Switch the arm that’s holding his head to your partner’s arm that he may be hitting you with. And then re-establish your grip on his head with your free arm. If your partner swims his arm out of your grip you can just swim with him and get it back, or you can get an over-hook.

Summary: Keeping Your Face Safe In The Guard

So, when you lose your mount immediately lock up your guard. Get a good overhook on your partner’s head and get control of his arm. If he starts to bother you with his other arm, switch sides.

When you are in this position, controlling the space is key to success. You don’t want your partner to have any wiggle room. Also, remember that we are not looking to protect our selves against little tiny hits. Not only do these not hurt or do any real damage, if you spend all of your time concentrating on these trivial hits, chances are you’ll be too caught up to be focused on protecting yourself against the big ones, and that is when you’d get a jab to the face. So, just concentrate on stopping the real hits because those are the ones that are going to cause the most damage and pain.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.