Early on in the requirements, we teach a block called the frame. What is a frame? What is it for? Confusingly, there are a few different things in martial arts called frames. In this particular case, we are talking about the block that protects your head against strikes.
To do the frame, simply grab the back of your neck with one hand and then press your forearm tightly against your head so that your elbow points forward. It should feel snug and should also obscure your peripheral vision. Now tuck your chin to your chest. This tightness will provide a structure that covers your temple, chin and jaw.
The frame is designed to absorb damage when you are close in with your partner. It costs you mobility but gains you a helmet of sorts. Like a helmet, it only absorbs some of the impact and you will still feel a bit of a rattle from bigger shots.
We teach this block early because it is simple and effective. Watch the above video for an illustration of the technique and some drills to get started with using the frame.Comments Off on What’s a Frame?