L3 – 11.4 Blocks

Blocks

Blocks with the baton are actually strikes that are occurring to stop an attack that is coming at the officer. These blocks should be delivered to the meaty portion of the arm or leg that is attacking the security officer in order to temporarily disable the attacker.

I   Arms

Blocks to the arms are delivered to the forearms because the individual is attempting to punch the officer. If the strike is coming from outside of the attacker’s body width, such as a roundhouse punch, then the strikes are delivered to the inside of the forearms (Figure 11.5, left). If the punches are coming from inside the attacker’s body width, such as a jab, then the strike is delivered to the outside of the forearm (Figure 11.5, right). While blocking punches with the baton, it should remain vertical to the ground. The security officer should be moving laterally towards their strong side, if possible, to get out of the way of the attacker.

Figure 11.5: Left: Blocking the inside of the arm. Right: Blocking the outside of the arm.

II   Legs

Blocks to the legs are delivered if the individual is attempting to kick the officer. If the kick is coming from outside of the attacker’s body width, such as a round kick, then the security officer should step in slightly and deliver the strike to the thigh (Figure 11.6, left). If the kick is coming from inside the attacker’s body width, such as front kick, then the strike should be delivered to the side of the thigh or calf (Figure 11.6, right). The security officer should be moving laterally towards their strong side, if possible, to get out of the way of the attacker.

When delivering a block, the security officer should hit the individual as hard as they possibly can in order to stop the aggression and to prevent possible injury from multiple strikes.

Figure 11.6: Left: Blocking the outside of the leg. Right: Blocking the inside of the leg.