How to Block A Lead Hook

How to Block A Lead Hook


Learning to block blows coming your way is just as vital as learning the proper techniques to throw a punch. Getting hit not only damages you, but it also sucks up a lot of your energy. Being quick with your blocks will become one of your biggest advantages while sparring if you learn the proper technique. In this video, Gabriel teaches you how to block a hook by completing protecting the side of your head.



Gabriel goes on to explain how you can angle your block to also protect from quick jabs down the middle. This is a great method to protect your entire head from your opponent's power hooks or other punches when they are looking to whittle down your energy, or even secure a knockout.


Technique overview


  • Hands connect to head

  • Lift elbows up

  • Slide hand to the back of the head

  • Tuck in elbow to block straight shot

About the series:

Missed the previous video in the series? Learn to throw a lead hook here. 


The Striking Basics series is all about the fundamentals. Gabriel Varga and Hayabusa developed this series to provide value to all fitness combat practitioners. Whether you have aspirations to compete or not, this series is for you. We cover a range of techniques, such as the JabCrossHookBreathing, kicks, and more. If you're a coach who wants to inspire students to have a stronger grasp on the fundamentals, consider sharing this series.


About Gabriel:

Gabriel Varga is an impressive martial artist, but we’ll get to that in a moment. We had the opportunity to know him better, and our respect simply quadrupled. His knowledge, demeanor, and overall approach to life are inspiring. If you haven’t already, start following him and his journey, even if you’re not into kickboxing we guarantee you’ll learn something and admire him as much as we do.


  Gabriel Varga



Gabriel Varga has been training in Martial Arts since he was 8-years-old, and in 2014 was awarded his 4th-degree black belt in Karate. Gabriel is now a full-time competitive kickboxer and a part-time instructor specializing in seminars abroad, and martial arts classes for children in Victoria, B.C, Canada.



  • 2x GLORY Featherweight Champion

  • Bellator Featherweight Champion

  • GLORY Contender Tournament Champion

  • Hero Legends Champion

  • WKN World Lightweight Oriental Champion

  • WKF World Light Welterweight K-1 Champion

  • 2x ISKA Amateur World Champion

    About the Gear:

    Gabriel Varga is wearing 14oz Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves in white, Lightweight Shorts and a Hayabusa T-Shirt.

    Abdel is wearing: 16oz Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves in Blue, Short Sleeve OdorResist Compression Rashguard, and Chikara 4 Fight Shorts.