How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 2

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  1. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 1
  2. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 2
  3. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 3
  4. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 4
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  6. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 5

Introduction: Blocking Punches From The Guard Part 2

Last time, we talked about blocking punches from the guard in range one position. Range one is the best and most effective because it’s close and controlled. Sometimes, though, your opponent will try something else.

Here we’re going to be talking about if the guy gets frustrated from that position and starts striking your body. He might try some rib shots or something like that.

This is critical because a strong puncher can deliver some damaging blows from this position so it’s very important to learn this second level of defense if this happens.

Step 1: The Key To The Range 2 Punch Block Series: Block The Body Shot With Your Knee

You already know that for an effective punch block in range 1 you need to have your opponent in close. You should be holding his head tightly with one arm. Your other arm needs to be an over hook over the arm he might use to punch you. Your elbows are in and your knees are up high.

As soon as your partner pulls his arm back to punch, you’ll need to immediately slide your knee up between his arm and your rib cage. This takes away the space he needs to effectively hit you.

Step 2: Bringing In the Other Knee

So, if your opponent decides to try and hit you on the other side, you’re going to need a defense for that too. What you’ll need to do is to repeat the step of bringing your knee between his arm and your ribs. Also, hold onto his arms so he can’t get away.

The idea is to have both of your knees up between his arms and your body and his arms pinned so he can’t escape. Practice this a few times so that you can make sure you have it down well; don’t wait for a real fight!

Summary: Blocking Those Body Shots From The Guard

We’ve covered how to adjust to the second level of strikes your opponent might try. Remember though, that bringing in both knees isn’t necessary unless your opponent starts hitting you on that side. When you do bring a second knee in, however, it’s vital that your grip be tight and you maintain control of your opponent.

Also, as you drill this move, have your partner try and throw in different variations of strikes, speed, and position. This way, you’ll have fine-tuned your move and done your best in preparing for a real-life fight. Once you learn the rest of the strike moves, throw these in too. Then, you’ll be prepared to use this move in street fights as needed!

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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.