You may hope to never get hit with a punch but sometimes things happen. If you become concerned that you will find yourself in physical combat, it is best to be prepared in advance. Just in case you ever have to take a punch, consider following these steps to avoid maximum pain and injury.
- Learn self defense. Given the chance, every one can benefit from a course in basic self defense. Such a class would allow you to become comfortable enough with a physical situation that you won’t freeze or panic when faced with a fist headed in your direction. These courses will also help you learn and practice defensive moves, ways to avoid a strike and methods for removing yourself from a fight situation.
- Avoid the hit when possible. Given the chance anyone would choose not to be hit with a punch. If possible, try to relieve a tense situation with conversation before it gets physical. If a punch is coming your way, do your best to evade or block the punch.
- Pay attention. Take note of your surroundings and focus. You cannot be distracted when trying to defend yourself. Avoid focusing solely on the attacker in front of you since blows can come from other directions.
- Don’t tense. Tensing and tightening muscles when taking a punch tends to lead to additional soreness and stiffness once you are hit. Try not to brace yourself for the punch. Instead keep your body fluid and relaxed whenever possible. It may seem counterintuitive but relaxing your body will help you with avoid injury.
- Move with the punch. Shift your weight and your body so that when the punch hits, you move with it instead of against it. Don’t try to be an immovable wall in the face of a flying fist. Instead be flexible enough to move with the punch then use that force to flow back and put power behind the punch you plan to return.
- Practice in controlled conditions. You probably cannot learn to take a punch in a single session. Instead you should consider practicing in your self defense class or by working out in a boxing ring. Boxing and hand to hand combat are effective as both exercise and body maintenance when facing a fight. The more you practice the more you will be able to avoid and defend against punches. You will also be able to take any punches that actually connect.
- Relax. Remember that the more you can relax your body, the better you can protect against injury related to a punch. When fists are flying your way, you may not be able to avoid it. So be prepared, take a breath then relax your muscles so that your body absorbs the shock and you can recover.
Learning to take a punch is an early stage in self defense and combat training. If you follow these steps you should be able to learn to take a punch when it is thrown your way.