Interception is the preferred method of defense. Interceptions occur on intention (before the attack), on initiation (as the attack starts), or during execution (as attack is in progress), whereas blocks are used as the attack is about to make contact. Interception on intention is the best option but it requires a skilled fighter who may anticipate attacks by "reading" an opponent's non-verbal clues.
Ways to intercept an attack
- Using upper body. Most common interception tool is the jab. It draws opponent's attention away from the intended attack, causes the opponent have to think about defense, and it may make contact, which further makes the opponent reconsider an attack.
- Using lower body. Most common interception tools are the leading/trailing side kick, leading/trailing front kick, leading/trailing twist kick, or any kick used to stop the forward motion of an attacker.