The word parrying is quite popular in boxing. It is a defensive skill which not just blocks your opponent’s punches but deflects the attack completely. This protective move creates better counter opportunities for you by using your competitor’s energy.
Normally, other defensive skills absorb the punch power in your arm whereas parrying deflects it elsewhere which will leave the opponent unbalanced and you can take the advantage of his (competitor’s) situation and go for counter.
Parrying is superior defensive skill which you normally learn after practicing other blocking techniques. There are different types of parry and each type is used in specific situation.
In down parry, you simply deflect your opponents punch downward by slapping on his glove. It gives you open space for counter too. It is the easiest parry technique and is effective against different kind of straight punches.
Just like its name, you push your competitor’s glove at sideways creating ample of space for counter. It is more effective than down parry. Side parry can trick you if opponent’s jab is too fast. Clever fighters in such case deflect opponent’s right arm with their shoulder or forearm.
You deflect the punch of your opponent either upward or to the side by the use of your forearms. Your timing should be perfect to bump rival’s punch up over your shoulder so that you can utilize the open space in a blink for counter.
Normally, your right arm moves up slightly to deflect the left hand whereas left hand goes slightly up to deflect competitor’s right hand.
Your forearm wraps your competitor’s forearm and deflects it outside in circular motion. This is called circle parry. It is suggested to use this skill when the range between two (boxers) is long.
This is best defensive skill against low punch and is simple too. Just swing your forearm down in 180 degree (semi circle) and defend yourself. This technique is widely used in martial arts.
The main difference between low parry and down parry is that it (low parry) completely deflects the punch at side. The skill is best against the opponent who is shorter than you.
Despite the fact, there are few more things to consider while parrying. Some of them are:
Let the punch come at you:
Let your opponent’s punch come at you because it (parry) is defensive skill so do not chase the punch. Always keep your hands close to your face and do not let it move too far.
Parry safeguards against straight punches:
Parrying checks against straight punches so never apply the technique against uppercut or hook. Parrying against looping attack is unproductive and can take the game away from you.
Learn other blocking tricks before practicing parry:
Parrying is advance blocking technique. Learn other blocking techniques before mastering the parrying skill. Read the punches thrown at you and deflect only the straight ones.