Why Blocking is Useless in the Martial Arts

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Why Blocking is Useless in the Martial Arts
A Las Vegas Cop Issues a Challenge and Teaches Some Lessons

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Chad Lyman is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Xtreme Couture. He is also a police and military instructor in the state of Nevada. In this video, Chad Lyman demonstrates why blocking doesn’t work in the real world and what we should do instead. In order to demonstrate the techniques, a certified ‘Code 4 Concepts’ instructor Mikey Floreal helps him. The video was shot inside the Xtreme Couture MMA gym.

Chad demonstrates how we can use different kinds of blocks for different kinds of attacks. For eg – we can block a rounded right hand or parry a straight punch. However, things happen so fast in real life that we seldom have the time to judge the attack and use the proper block. In fact, we learn from Chad that Boxers, MMA and Muay Thai fighters who fight for money, try not to block attacks and instead try to evade them or try to take cover. The reason is simple. Blocking rarely works.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor tells us that when we are under attack we should cover our head which is the intended target of the attack. This will protect our head. Then, we should move forward in order to control the distance or range between our opponent and us. Lastly, we should create an angle which gives us an advantage over our opponent. We just need to accomplish these three things and it doesn’t matter how we accomplish them.

One way to know if someone is getting ready to punch us is to watch their feet. If they move one foot forward or backward, it is usually a sign that they are gonna attack. We should immediately step backward out of their range if that happens.

Chad further demonstrates the importance of covering vs blocking and why it is important to control the range. He also shows us why creating an angle gives us an advantage.

Key takeaways –

1 – Blocking rarely works in real life situations.

2 – It is better to cover your face and move forward instead of blocking attacks.

3 – It is important to control the space and angle between you and your opponent.

“Remember cover, control range and create angles. Go train a lot so you can be your own best back up.”



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