About Defensive Inside Fighting
The boxing tips that you get within this article and the two videos (that’s right, one article, two videos!) will help you become a deadly exponent of fighting on the inside. Successful infighting demands a variety of skills from short range punching, subtle footwork, even more subtle upper body movements and as importantly as anything an ability to block incoming punches with your arms. When up close, fighting on the inside, the shots that are used are short and medium range hooks and uppercuts. Upper body movement is effective, but because the punches being thrown are travelling such a short distance (if they are being thrown correctly that is) the best method of defense is to use arm blocks. The reason that arm blocks are most suited during inside fighting is that they require minimal movement; allowing the defender to always create attacking options.
There are 2 videos contained within this article; one relates to blocking hooks coming in to your right side, and the other video deals with blocking hooks coming in to the left hand side. I’ve decided to put these two videos into one article (not the usual format) because both are so complementary that it makes sense to join them up and provide a complete overview of blocking hooks up close. These blocks are a similar in principle to Knights of old using a shield as an integral part of their fighting approach, combining it with the sword in the same way that the boxer combines the block with devastating short and mid-range hooks and uppercuts!
Boxing tips on something like blocking punches during inside fighting are invaluable as they often are overlooked in favour of the more flashy skills. In my mind though, blocking punches in this manner perfectly defines the essence of boxing; standing up to withering incoming hooks and meeting fire with fire, always looking to create and attack openings. As if all of this wasn’t enough, each block is equally effective against punches directed at the head or at the body; dual purpose, simple and effective. Enjoy the videos but make sure that you read the mechanics and common faults below as there’s some additional information. As always leave your comments!
Defensive Inside Fighting – Protecting Your Right Side
Defensive Inside Fighting – Protecting Your Left Side
The Mechanics of Using Arm Blocks Against Hooks
The description here assumes an orthodox versus an orthodox. If you want to understand more about boxing stances, then download the free report which covers southpaw versus orthodox.
- The arm that you put in the way of an incoming shot must be a firm, solid object as it has to withstand some big incoming shots. In order to provide this solidity, there must be drive from the back leg, the result of this drive being counter-clockwise rotation of the upper-body around the central (vertical) axis.
- The right forearm remains in a broadly vertical position so that any incoming punch will strike the forearm, elbow or upper-arm.
- The body ‘snaps’ back to the boxing stance.
- Unlike with blocking punches to your right side where the body rotates in a counter-clockwise direction, we do the opposite when blocking hooks arriving on our left-side.
- Push from the front leg, rotating the body slightly in a clockwise direction.
- The left arm remains vertical and virtually still, again with the incoming shot striking the forearm, elbow or upper arm. The rotation of the upper body has the effect of ‘hiding’ the body behind the arm and providing the strength to make the arm ‘solid.’
- The body ‘snaps’ back to the starting position.
- Remember this! The arm when blocking to the right does not move independently of the body. The body rotates and the arm rotates with it. When blocking to the left though, the arm stays pretty much still and the upper body rotates to ‘hide’ behind it.
- Curling up behind the arms like some kind of frightened sea creature! It is vital that you watch what’s coming your way and block it as well as looking to lead off with your own shots and counter. If you ain’t throwing punches, you ain’t gonna win the fight!
OK, below are a few shots that work well alongside the blocking defences described in this article:
Hope this has proven helpful; be sure to leave a comment below!