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Middle Inner Forearm Block. The middle inner forearm block protects the front of the body from the face to the waist.
- Stand in a back stance with arms held in the basic guard.
- Trailing arm will perform the block.
- Cross arms tightly, one over the other, so one elbow is over the other. Trailing arm crosses on bottom with palm side of fist facing forward, leading arm crosses on top with palm side of the fist facing forward. As the trailing arm crosses to the leading side, the shoulders and hips twist toward the leading side to chamber them.
- Step forward into a back stance.
- Just as foot touches the floor, the lower arm sweeps across in front of the body and then outward. The elbow is bent at a 90-degree angle so the forearm angles forward at a 45-degree angle. If forearm is held vertical at a 90-angle, the block has more vertical coverage, but since the arm is so close to the body, an attack may get through even if initially blocked. If forearm is angled too far forward, it may catch an attack early before it may get through to the body, but the vertical coverage is much less. Thus the 45-degree angle is the optimum angle to optimize both reach and coverage.
- Just as stepping foot touches the floor, the blocking arm snap-twists its fist outward so palm is upward at the point of focus, and the shoulders and hips snap back to the front adding power to the block. All this occurs using hand-foot timing.
- Point of impact of an inner forearm block is the inner edge of the forearm.
- Arm stops its outward motion with the fist just past the outer edge of the body. Stopping the fist before this point could let an attack still hit the body. Going too far past this point exposes the body to a follow-up attack.
- As the blocking arm is sweeping across and outward, the other arm chambers to its hip with the palm side upward. The uncrossing action of the arms creates a push-pull action to increase the power of the block.