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Standing Punch Defense

Some class footage of a drill I teach for standing punch defense.

Iain Abernethy
Iain Abernethy's picture

Hi Daniel,

I like that and it’s very reminiscent of one of our KBS drills. From within a clinch, one person seeks to land punches while the other tries to smother them. After a given time has elapsed, they will change roles. The striker learns to control limbs and use tactical positioning to open up lines for strikes (using the many methods we find in kata) whilst the smother learns to use limb control and tactical postponing close down openings for strikes (again, using the many methods we find in kata). Thanks for sharing!

All the best,


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I find very challenging to defend myself from hooks.

Initially, it was just a complete blindness about it, probably because of only training straight punches all my life, but this is being slowly solved with more practice.

My arms are "short" for my size and intercepting the incoming arm like in the video only works when it comes more or less straight (when the person reaches for the target instead of stepping in). A good and well placed hook, even on the clinch like in the video, becomes very unlikely for me to parry.

So I still lack an "last second oh fuck" strategy that doesn't involve covering my face with my arms......

Do you have any strategies to "step inside" the hook?

It seams the logical conclusion considering the reach disadvantage.

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Most people find it hard to defend against hooks.  Just seen a video showing actual hooks thrown in a series of fights and the person who produced the video timed them; it was timed at 200m what ever that is but in essence less than a second. So if one is nose to nose or within that range if ones hands are not already up forget it ; one can never re act in time. So distance is the key.  However one must separate a boxer’s hook from a street fighting swinging hook which will be out of range if one has control the distance to some degree. Boxer’s hook; their hands are high anyway so they take it on the glove( forearm/wedge block) some coaches teach a step in to the hook ( for the hook to the head a sort of smothering the hook) and there are a few youtube clips showing that, which one could adapt.   I have found the SPEAR system  useful but once again the hands need to be up.