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3 Ways to Defend Against a Sucker Punch

Don't let a sucker punch catch you off guard! Learn these 3 powerful techniques for defending yourself and staying…

As seemingly irrational as it might sound, sucker punches are a real threat in the world we live in.

They are unprovoked, unpredictable, and can cause a severe amount of bodily harm. Fortunately, there are ways to defend against them. In this article, we’ll discuss three effective ways to protect yourself from sucker punches.

Keep in mind that every situation is different, and not all self-defense techniques are suitable for every circumstance. It's essential to assess your surroundings and evaluate the best course of action based on the situation at hand.

Elbow Burst

The "Elbow Burst" is a defense and attack technique where you step forward with your elbow jutted.

It protects your head, face, and throat with your arms and forearms. It is effective for surprise attacks from the front when too close for a side-kick.

To do it, place your lead palm on the top of your head with the elbow forward and rear palm on the side of your head/ear.

Slip, Parry, Strike

The slip, parry, and strike technique is a combo of three defense techniques for opening gambit. You can do them individually or two together without the third. To close distance, add a forward shuffle.

Slipping is an evasive technique against straight punches. To do it, move your head outside the attacker's arm, and stay in striking range.

Parrying is a quick hand motion to deflect blows away from you, use timing and economy of motion. Combine with a straight punch or backfist.


To defend against a sucker punch, evasion and footwork are crucial. One effective technique is to maintain a safe distance from the potential attacker and be aware of your surroundings. This will give you enough time to react if the attacker makes any sudden moves.

If you find yourself too close to the attacker, you can use footwork to move out of the line of fire. A good way to do this is to pivot on the ball of your back foot while simultaneously moving your front foot diagonally away from the attacker. This will help you move away from the punch while keeping you facing the attacker, ready to counter or escape.

Another way to use evasion is by slipping or ducking under the punch. If you see the punch coming, move your head to the side or duck down, which will cause the punch to miss you. This technique requires good timing and spatial judgment to avoid the punch successfully.


In conclusion, whether you're walking down a busy street or out for a night on the town, it's always important to be prepared and aware of your surroundings.

Knowing how to defend yourself against a sucker punch could potentially save your life. By keeping an open mind, learning how to read body language, and practicing different self-defense techniques, you can greatly increase your chances of staying safe in any situation.

Remember to always stay calm, be aware of your surroundings, and use your best judgment to assess any potential threats. With these tips and tricks in mind, you can stay confident and prepared no matter where you go.

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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