following on from my post about unsound defence, i though that i would make a post about the simple block. it seems that blocking is a little misunderstood. simply having your hand up on that side of the head isn't sufficient to block a punch. correct blocking starts at the same place a punch does, at the feet. if i what to block a right hand to the head the first thing i do is take a small step (or weight shift) back and to the right. the shift of weight is crucial as it takes you off the line of the punch and also buys you more time to actually block the punch. posture is also vitally important, there is no point even trying to block if your chin is hanging in the breeze. the actual blocking arm has to cover the area the punch is targeted at. (THERE IS NO ONE GUARD, THAT BLOCKS ALL). sometimes i find it helps to create a little bit of a angle, that can help too deflect heavy punches. be careful not to over block or it leaves your body wide open. correct blocking also loads your punches up. blocking a right loads your own right counter, block the left hook and it loads your own left.