Blocking the Overhand

When an opponent postures up in your guard, playing the sit-up guard is a good option because it hinders his ability to land strikes. However, sometimes your opponent may prevent you from sitting up by posting his hands on your stomach and keeping you pinned to the mat. Such a situation is not optimal because it sets your opponent up for a big overhand punch to your face. If your opponent cocks his ami back for that punch, a good defensive option is to keep your feet hooked together and explode your knees toward your chest as if you were doing a crunch. This shatters your opponent's base, which not only takes power away from his punch, but also causes him to fall down on top of you. To further block the punch, you want to shoot your arm up as you bring your knees in. Once you've blocked the punch and your opponent has fallen forward, you can use the arm you blocked with to secure an over-hook. From there, a good option is to transition into the "damn good guard" and start working your triangle and omaplata setups.

Albert is postured up in my full guard. He has posted his hands on my stomach to prevent me from sitting up into him.

Albert cocks his right arm back to deliver an overhand punch.

As Albert comes down with the punch, I raise my left hand to the inside of his arm. At the same time, I pull my legs into me to thrust Albert forward.

Albert cocks his right arm back to deliver an overhand punch.

As Albert comes down with the punch, I raise my left hand to the inside of his arm. At the same time, I pull my legs into me to thrust Albert forward.

I straighten my left arm. This not only blocks the punch, but it also creates an opportunity to trap Albert's right arm with an over-hook.

The momentum of Albert's punch drops his torso down on top of me. I Immediately wrap my left arm around his right arm to secure an over-hook. Albert's posture is now broken, and I have an over-hook on my left side.

Beach cocks his left hand back to land a big overhand to my face. The instant he does this, I open my guard and jam my right knee in front of his left shoulder. For insurance purposes, I also lift my right hand to catch the punch if it should sneak past my leg.

Beach cocks his left hand back to land a big overhand to my face. The instant he does this, I open my guard and jam my right knee in front of his left shoulder. For insurance purposes, I also lift my right hand to catch the punch if it should sneak past my leg.

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