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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 27, 1911, Image 10

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beginner, he usually covers Tiis
face, leaving his body the most
vulnerable part exposed.
There are several methods of
defense, some being peculiar to
individuals, but the three most
important are blocking, ducking
and sidestepping.
To block a blow, use the right
arm, when possible. Always re
member this arm is mainly for
defense and the left chiefly for
delivering punches.
When a blow is started and
you mean to block it, shoot the
right arm up so it catches your
opponent's punching arm, under
the forearm. This lifts his arm
from its course and swings him
around a trifle. Watch this shift
ing action. It usually puts a man
in position for you to deliver an
effective punch.
Keen sight is necessary in
blocking, for you must figure u
stantly where the blow is aimed,
especially if your opponent uses a
punch like the famous "cork
screw," which seems to be aimed
for oife place, only to land at an
other. It will be hard to judge
blows at first, but the knack win
soon come to you.
When defending ytrarself watch
for a chance to land on your man.
Practically every time he swings
he leaves some sort of an open
ing, and you must learn to block
and punch simultaneously.
Sidestepping is a fine art Many
who are shifty, use it often in
stead of blocking. The reason ta
that in sidestepping you must
move, fast and this gives you a I
better chance to swing hard. This J
defense is used chiefly to avoid
rushes'.
Unless you sidestep a rushing,
boxer you're liable to get into
trouble. Qf course, you can stand
up and meet a rush, but the
chances are against you, for the
rush carries speed and when a
rushing boxer lands you surelyx
feel it for a long time.
By sidestepping a rush you
gain an advantage, for when the
rusher swings and misses, he is
off balance a fraction of a second,
which is the time for you to get
home a few punches.
Sidestepping is accomplished by
placing the toe of the right foot
in a direct line back of the left
heel. In sidestepping to the right
the right foot is carried quickly to
the right. To sidestep to the left
the left foot is carried to the left.
These movements properly exe
cuted incline the body enough to
permit blows to slip by.
Ducking'is used to dodge blows
aimed at the head. When jou
duck, do so quickly and recover
just as fast and never fail to
keep your jaw covered against an
uppercut.
Always box with" the stomach
drawn in. The stomach is a vital
point and a punch there will help
finish a boxer. In drawing in the
stomach you naturally assume a
crouching pose, which is ideal for
a boxer. When in this position it
is harder for the. other fellow to
hit you.
(My next article will deal with
feinting, the finest ring work
from the spectator's standpoint.

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