Counter to a Rear Hand Punch - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique

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Counter to a Rear Hand Punch - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique

This page examines techniques that are used to counter a rear hand punch in the Marine Corps martial arts program. Overall, this section focuses on tan belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).

For more Marine Corps techniques, please visit the main Marine Corps Martial Arts Program section.

Counter to Rear Hand Punch

Counter to rear hand punch is used when the aggressor throws a rear hand punch.


~ Begin with the aggressor in the basic warrior stance extending his right hand in a rear hand punch.
~ Step forward and to the left at approximately a 45-degree angle, moving in toward the aggressor. At the end of the movement, return to the basic warrior stance with the left foot forward and the toe pointing toward the aggressor.
~ At the same time, raise your left arm and block or deflect the aggressor’s rear hand. Do not over extend and reach for the block. Block with the meaty portion of the forearm.
~ Leave your left arm against the aggressor’s right arm while stepping forward and to the right at approximately a 45-degree angle to close with the aggressor. Follow through by applying pressure against the aggressor’s arm to redirect the strike and, in the process, throw the aggressor off balance. Continuing to step forward will position you to strike an exposed area on the aggressor.
~ Counter with at least three follow-on strikes or techniques to the aggressor’s exposed target areas and return to the basic warrior stance. See figure 2-39.


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  1. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP),, Added - 04/17/15

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