Boxers Defence, Blocks & Parries

Frequently Boxers who are not used to the sport think about little or nothing apart from merely punching, possibly on the Punch Bag, Pads or perhaps shadow boxing. It’s not until you finally step into the boxing ring for the first time and are on the receiving end of any hard punch that you all of a sudden understand exactly how essential your basic Boxers Defence (Blocks & Parries) is going to be.

It will be irrelevant how hard you are able to punch, should you be unable to land a good punch on your opponent, and if your defence is poor you will find the entire experience an extremely unpleasant one as your opponent will be able to hit you without difficulty.


Boxing is about 50% offence and 50% defence.

A Classic on guard stance will provide you with the ability to punch and defend at the same time and offers significant amounts of protection without needing to consider very much. Your chin will be tucked down, with your hands held up to guard your head, and your arms will be in a decent position to safeguard your body.

Your body shall be sideways creating a smaller target along with your feet in a position which will allow you to move forward, back, right and left effortlessly whilst continuously remaining in a well-balanced position.


Catching and One Hand Block

Each basic Boxers Defence (Blocks & Parries) is designed to defend against specific punches, catching or blocking is recommended to be used against The Boxers Jab to the head.

Catching and Parries
Catching and Parries
  • As your opponent’s punch is thrown in your direction, open the palm of your rear hand and then move it slightly forward a couple of inches just before your chin to catch the inbound punch in your palm of the glove.
  • Slightly Pivot your body putting some power into your catch keeping the catching arm solid so your own glove is not going to be forced back into the face.
  • Make sure that your chin is down so if your own glove does indeed hit you it is going to bounce off your temple rather than the nose area or chin.
  • Recover instantly returning to your on guard boxing stance.

Don’t use both hands to block a jab as this will limit your ability to counterpunch and don’t reach out to block the punch or lean back as this leaves you unprotected and off-balance, let the punch come to you and block it with your hand.


Parries

It is not recommended to catch The Boxers Right Cross to the head so you would use parries instead. Don’t use Parries against Jabs as this leaves you open to your opponents right cross.

  • As your opponent’s right-hand punch is thrown towards you, remain in your Boxers Classic on-guard stance.
  • Use your lead hand to deflect the punch away from your face by flicking/slapping your glove on to there’s.
  • There doesn’t need to be any arm movement it can be done with just wrist and hand movement.
  • This will hopefully expose your opponent leaving them open for a counterpunch, whilst still keeping you protected in your on guard boxing stance.

Remember to keep your eyes open and on your opponent at all times, your mouth closed and chin down. It takes courage to stand there when someone throws punches at you, but you must stay composed and your opponent’s punches will get through your defence from time to time, but you can limit the number of punches you take and the damage they cause by practising your defence as much as your offence.


Arm Blocks

Arm Blocks work well mainly against Left and Right Hooks but can be used to defend against the Jab and Cross to the head area by raising the glove higher than the normal guard position and turning your body slightly away from your opponent using your glove and arm to protect your head from the side.

Arm Blocks
Arm Blocks

Rear Arm Block

  • From the Boxers Classic on guard stance
  • Raise the rear forearm up and rigid, placing the glove at the temple, near to the ear.
  • Rotate your body slightly to the lead side, rolling with the blow.
  • Keep your lead arm rigid and up.
  • Keep your eyes on your opponent.
  • Recover instantly returning to your on guard boxing stance.

Lead Arm Block

  • From the Boxers Classic on guard stance
  • Raise the lead forearm up and rigid, placing the glove at the temple, near to the ear.
  • Rotate your body slightly to the rear side, rolling with the blow.
  • Keep your rear arm rigid and up.
  • Keep your eyes on your opponent.
  • Recover instantly returning to your on guard boxing stance.
Double Arm Block
Double Arm Block

Double Arm Block

  • From the Boxers Classic on guard stance
  • Bring the elbows and gloves together, so they can almost touch each other.
  • Rotate your body slightly to the rear side, rolling with the blow.
  • Keep your arms rigid and braced for impact.
  • Leave a slight gap so you can see.
  • Keep your eyes on your opponent.
  • Recover instantly returning to your on guard boxing stance.

Common Errors when using the basic Boxers Defence (Blocks & Parries)

  • Not returning to the boxing stance after either throwing a punch or defending one.
  • No eye contact on your opponent including closing your eyes.
  • Mouth wide open and chin up high.
  • Defences performed far too early/too late
  • The wrong defence performed.
  • No protection against the next punch by your opponent.
  • Defending actions are too wide as well as too low.
  • Rigid and predictable movement.
  • Turning your back on your opponent and losing your sense of direction.
  • Either or both hands too low and elbows not tucked in.