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Inside Punch Defense with Counterattack against Left Punch – Slipping the Punch Properly and Why

A common error for new Level 2 students is not slipping the punch properly when doing this defense and counterattack. This video addresses the details to slipping the punch properly, as well as three reasons why it’s important.


“This is Randall and Glenda with KravMagaTraining.com. With this video we’re going to discuss the inside defense against a left punch using a simultaneous counterpunch and the reasons why the head positioning and slipping the punch is so important for this particular technique.

Now in Level 1 we’re all taught that when we do the inside defense that you’re supposed to slip the punch. What I mean by that is, Glenda throws the left straight, we do the defense but we’re also supposed to move our head off to the side and slightly forward. Now a lot of time beginners, the Level 1 students, you’ll see them do this a lot. One they don’t even move their head, which quite frankly pisses me off. But usually they figure that out. What most people do is they’ll lean to the side, or even worse they’ll start leaning backwards because they’re kind of afraid of missing the punch. Now eventually we want to get them to at least the level that there at least moving to the side. But moving forward is even better. And the reason why it’s better is it’s really illustrated when we add the counterpunch to this in Level 2. And there’s actually three reasons why this is important.

The first one is this. If I start leaning backwards when I do the inside defense, one it’s hard for me to keep my chin down. Even if I tuck my chin down like this, you see that I’m still getting hit in the face. In order for me to protect my face and throat, I actually have to lean forward like this to tuck my chin down. So that way worst-case scenario, if Glenda throws this punch again, I get hit on the top of my head. Which isn’t ideal but at least the top of the head is very strong in relation to the soft tissues, the chin, and of my face, my chin, and of my throat. That’s where I’m going to start getting hurt. So by leaning forward as I do the defense we’re protecting our face a lot better and have the ability to protect ourselves with the top of our head.

The second reason why this is really important that we don’t lean back is because, if Glenda throws the punch on me and I start leaning back, notice that I can’t reach her. And I’m like taller than Glenda. I have a much longer reach and I can’t even reach her face. Let’s pretend that Glenda is, well we’re not going to pretend, let’s have Glenda do the defense on me and she’s going to do it improperly by leaning back as she does it. So I do the punch slowly, she does the inside defense and she decides to lean back. Because she has less of a reach than me, there’s no way in hell she’s going to be able to hit me with this. But if Glenda just starts leaning forward properly, “ah” notice that it makes a big difference. Even though she’s a half foot shorter then me and her reach is way shorter than mine, she can still hit me with the counterpunch. So especially if you’re shorter than your training partner or your opponent, or if you have less of a reach, that lean is going to be very important.

And the third reason why that proper angle of your head movement is important is because it also gives you good power in the counterpunch. If I’m just leaning backwards, Glenda I’ll have you throw the left straight at me, even if I have long reach I have no power because all my body weight is going backwards while my punch is going in this direction. So all the momentum is off. If I go directly to the side it’s better. But if I lean forward into the punch all my body weight is going forward as well. Which means all that weight goes into the punch. Which means the counterpunch is going to be a lot harder. So once you get good at it, instead of just snapping a quick little straight punch in the face and popping them, you lean into it and really commit into it, it will feel like a telephone (pole) jab. It’s just going to go right through their head. It’s going to feel strong, almost like a cross. Especially if you time it perfectly while they’re trying to hit you they are literally going to run right into that punch.

So that’s why it’s really important that when you move your head, not just to the side, definitely not backwards, you need to kind of go forward and off to the angle. For those three reasons. So quick review. When you do that it helps you keep your chin down so you can protect yourself better. Two, you get more reach on your counterpunch. And three, you get more power on your counterpunch. So once again, really focus on when you slip that punch to move your head, not just to the side, but forward. It almost feels like my ear is going to be sliding down her arm. So if I was doing it without my hands, it’s like that. If you actually do it perfectly, you’ll feel it brush right over the top your shoulder and your ear. Let’s do it on the other side Glenda. Not because I want you guys to do it on this side but I want you to see what’s going on with my ear here. That is what it should feel like.

So that’s what we’re shooting for. Focus on the proper head movement and it’s going to fix a lot of problems when you start adding the counterpunch for this particular inside defense.”

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