Punching Techniques: The Jab
punch has many purposes:
- Increase the distance between you and your opponent.
- Use it to set up other punches and punch combinations.
- Or, use the jab simply as a solid blow to your
(The jab is always thrown with your forward
hand) Shift most of your weight onto your right (back) leg.
This assists in counterbalancing your body when you throw the
Fully extend your arm. Just before your
fist/glove strikes the target, rotate your hand so that your
thumb is facing the floor. Remember to keep your wrists
straight to avoid injury. Also, keep your elbow slightly
flexed at the point of impact (otherwise, you might
Return your arm back to your body. Remember,
the punch always remains on one plane-throw and retract your
punch without weaving up or down or side to side.
Do not allow your shoulders to lead. This may
cause you to bend at the waist when making your punch. Keep
your shoulders back.
When throwing your jab, keep your muscles
slightly tensed. Anchor your punch by contracting your back
and butt muscles.
It is important that the movement of your feet coincides
with the movement and placement of your punch. Properly
stepping with the jab will ensure that your punch is
things to remember:
When punching with your left hand, step forward with your left
foot. As your foot contacts the floor, your arm should reach
its full extension. (Remember to keep your elbow flexed when
throwing this punch.)
At this point, your weight is primarily distributed to your
right leg. Now, you have invaded your opponent's space and
delivered a punch to their face.
After completing the punch, return your arm to its position
level with your left cheek. Bring your rear foot up so that
your feet are in their correct, original stance, slightly more
than shoulder width apart.