Boxing Guards: Cross-armed

In order to adopt a cross-armed guard, you are to position your forearms on top of each other. One of them should be on top of the elbow of the other arm. You need to keep a balanced stance and hold your arms in front of your face. This style reduces your opponent’s ability to make direct strikes on your head. Without a doubt, this guard leaves you vulnerable towards a jab to the upper part of your head. This guard leaves your body open to punches from the other boxer, because of the elbows’ position. Nonetheless, you can reduce the risk for your body by leaning and bending forward. The only weakness of this guard is that it is a difficult to counter-attack from.

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