I've learned that cats do a lot of their defensive work by lying on one side and bringing their paws to face level. I discovered this during one of my boxing matches with mine.
What I do is, I go down on both knees and deliver jabs to my cat. This makes him raise his paws to block my punches. Now, owing to the fact that felines are incapable of defending their midsections or sides because their skeletons aren't built to allow them do to that, I aim all my punches to his face. He responds by using the stopping method to absorb the blows, very much like we would raise oour hands out in front of us to stop something directly at us.
I learned that after a while, my cat tried to grab my fists in an attempt to stop them. I can confirm that human reflexes at full speed are too fast for cats to react against, so I slowed down my punches and let my cat grapple with my fist.
So, is it plausable to say then, that cats understand blocking techniques to some extent?
i have notice the cats, it seems that cats have seen you in eye level to attack you. i don't think really look up if you are standing. if the cat leaping toward might able see your head only from the neck down. the cat leap at your chest and throat.
if he is boxing you, you must on the ground in his eye level for him to see you. i think the cat's instincts are sharper than the dog, and the cat's reflexes are sharper than a dog.
you are exactly on the same level with the cat's eye level, the cat would to your hand toward it, and slap it.