How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 3

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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
  5. How To Do The Technical Stand Up In Jiu Jitsu
  6. How To Block Punches From The Jiu Jitsu Guard Position: Part 5

Introduction: How To Block Punches from the Guard Part 3

Knowing how to block punches delivered by an opponent who is on top of your is extremely important and far too often neglected in most beginning Brazilian jiu jitsu classes.

In this series, we first covered the range 1 punch block defense where the opponent is closest to you. This is the ideal range for blocking punches from the guard because this range offers you the most control over his movement.

The range 2 punch block defense was when he tries to strike your ribs from the range 1 position.

Today we are going to learn about Range 3 in the Punch Block series. Let’s say that you are on your back and you have your closed guard and Range 1 in the Punch Block series, so basically, you are controlling your partner’s head and arm. Somehow, he breaks loose and sits up. This is really bad for you because he has a lot of space and can come crashing down on you with a punch to the face. This is when we would use Range 3 in the Punch Block series. As I have mentioned in other lessons, the key to not getting hit is controlling the space.

Step 1: Control the Distance With Your Knees And Grab His Triceps Or Wrists

So, your partner breaks your grip and starts to sit up. As soon as he is sitting up, pop him in the chest with your hands to push him back, and bring your knees in and press them against his chest. This creates the block to stop him from getting too close and hitting your face. You can turn your knees inward and apply pressure to keep him back, or you can put your feet on his hips and then set your knees against his chest. Either method works well. This would be where you are controlling the distance.

From here, your partner can reach and try to hit you, but he can’t because your knees are blocking him. But, always keep your hands up just in case a punch slips through.

Step 2: Return to Range 1 As Soon As Possible

Whenever you are trying to create enough space to protect your face, you always want to be looking for opportunities to return to Range 1. Like I mentioned in other lessons, the more space you have the less control you have. True, you do have the space controlled, but it is safer to give your partner no space than enough to keep him back. So, always be looking for a time to quickly bring your knees down, open your legs, and reestablish Range 1.

Conclusion: The Range 3 Blocking Technique Is Critical

The Punch Block series is really important because this is how you will protect yourself if you have the guard and your opponent is trying to hit your face.

As always, the first thing to be concerned about when your partner gets out of Range 1 is controlling the space. In this case, immediately pop your partner back with your hands and bring your knees up against his chest. Then, look for a chance to bring him back to Range 1.

The range 3 position is especially important since this is the ideal range for an opponent to hit you from the guard. This is where he has the most space to do the maximal amount of damage.

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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.