Yesterday, we were discussing defenses against sucker punches or "haymakers." Ladies be aware that you don't need to break a fingernail to strike your assailant.
I have included a video below that most closely describes the best method to use. As a seasoned veteran, I use an even more sophisticated variation of this "stop hit" method, called mirroring or shadowing. This to move as your opponent moves and not directly into the line of fire.
You have to be very good to do shadowing or mirroring techniques, so I didn't include any video that shows it off.
For now, you can see that simply catching the striking arm with a circular block, sets up palm strikes, knee and elbows.
Try these with a friend if possible and do the movement slowly - no need to walk into a big punch until you've trained for awhile okay?
Stay safe and we'll see you soon!