Karate Blocking Techniques

What's the importance of karate blocking techniques for a fighter? Consider the following anecdote:

When asked what was the secret of his team's success, a famous coach of a championship pro football team replied, "the best offense is a good defense."

In other words, he believed in keeping the other team from scoring touchdowns, and assembled the greatest array of defensive stars the league ever saw.

His theory was to keep the opposing team from his goal line, hoping that sooner or later the breaks would come his way.

As you may already know, in Karate too self-defense plays a major role.

As a true Karate devotee, you don't want trouble. You don't seek it in any shape, manner or form.

By the same token, courtesy and politeness should not be misconstrued as timidity and fear.

As a karate practitioner, you rather avoid confrontation, or block an attack, rather than provoke one.

With this in mind, I have included a number of karate blocking techniques you can use against many attacks.

For the love to karate as a martial art, you should endeavour to practice them over and over.

Having said that, however, I must point out that in a real street fight, about 95% of whatever techniques you've learn will go down the drain.

I have to be realistic and honest with you: You practice these karate blocks as part of the art, but - consistent with the philosophy of this website - there are more advanced self defense techniques you should use in street fighting situations, should the need arise.

You may be wondering, then, why you should learn and practice these blocks if they will not be efficient in a real fight. That's a very good question, which will be answered in due course. Just bear with me. There is a reason, but you have to be patient.

For the time being, let us get on with the traditional karate blocks, which should be a starting point for more advanced strategies.

Karate Blocking Techniques (Karate Blocks Part 1).

Karate Blocks Part 2.

Karate Blocks Part 3.

Karate Blocks Part 4.