The Double Arm Block
This defensive action is one of the most common boxing techniques that you see used during a boxing match. There is of course a very simple reason for the regularity with which boxers use this defence - it works. Boxers generally speaking don't like to complicate things 🙂
The double arm block, also known as 'covering-up', is more than a simple boxing defence. It is actually a very effective tool for moving into range with relative safety and smashing home big shots.
Don't be fooled into believing that the double arm block or covering up is almost an act of surrender, nor should it be used as something to 'hide behind'. When used alongside other boxing techniques, such as the defensive inside fighting blocks, and the full range of punches you can quite easily dominate any opponent no matter their strength or level of aggression.
If you want a really string and effective boxing defence, make sure that you understand how and why we use the double arm block. It's not a passive, weak defence. On the contrary, the double arm block is one of the core, reactive boxing techniques in any situation where you need to advance quickly and safely.
Enjoy the video, check out the common faults and as always leave your comments or questions.
The Mechanics of the Double Arm Block
The mechanics of the double arm block are very, very simple:
- From the boxing stance, on sight of an incoming shot, bring the arms together, turning the palms inwards towards your face and raising the fists to only about the level of the eyebrows.
- When the shot has been blocked, return the hands to the guard position.
Common Faults When Blocking Hooks
When performing this boxing technique, there are 4 main faults that fighters tend to fall foul of:
- Do not raise your arms too high. The only effect of this will be to expose your body to attack, and against a skilled body puncher that could mean the end of the fight.
- Do not use 'weak arms'. It is vital that when you block you 'tense' your arms to absorb the strength of the incoming shot. Otherwise the punch will simply drive through your defence and smash into your head.
- Do not cover your head, close your eyes and/or look down at the ground. This means that you cannot see your opponent and that is likely to lead you to getting a solid beating. Having visibility of the threat is an absolute must!
- Make sure that you throw punches back. If you block an opponent's shots then you are in range and can strike back. Blocking punches and not firing back is a terrible waste of opportunity.
Hope this explanation and demonstration of the most effective of boxing techniques has been helpful. Be sure to leave any questions or comments below.