View Full Version : throwing a propper jab

Feb 03, 2007, 05:06 AM
How do you throw a propper jab??

like from footwork and up

and what's the differance between a straight and a jab??

thanks for whoever answers this

Feb 03, 2007, 11:45 AM
Ok well I box so you dont have to worrty about false information.

Jab: you have to snap out and keep your elbow in tight to your side the whole time. and remember to twist your hand so the palm faces down at the last second and snap it back. speed is important in the jab.

Cross: is ore powerful then the jab and you bring from the back.

PS. remember to roll your shoulder into your head so you cant get countered. here are a few sites.

All the boxing punches right her(with videos)

Feb 03, 2007, 03:43 PM
Well, there's quick jabs, power jabs, defensive jabs, and testing jabs (and probably a few more), and there's subtle differences between em.

A defensive jab is one where you are tossing a quick lead out there to disrupt you opponent, keep him o his toes, make him move his defense around, etc. Technique is less important than timing and the appearance of commission.

Testing jabs are similar, in that they are done to test distance to target, test your target's defensive speed, their reactions, etc. Again, technique is less important, as you are jabbing to test out some aspect of the current match-up.

Quick jabs are what crazydan described, with the lead coming out from the chamber in a straight line and rotating horizontal at the last moment. Footwork is pretty neutral, as speed jabs require the greatest economy of motion. You simply cannot move quickly unless you are moving the least amount of mass possible.

Power jabs are jabs with a bit of foot work and body mechanic behind them. Weight is transferred forward during the punch, and the lead foot is turned out at the heel to provide a little bit extra power, as well as a little bit extra distance. A fighter with a good power jab can actually do some damage with it. It alsmot becomes a straight lead at that point.

Lastly, you have the straight lead, as mentioned above. This is not a jab. It is a power strike done with the lead hand. It is either set up after a rear cross or other rear hand strike, or it is done with some complex body mechanics a la JKD's straight lead. You don't see too many JKD style straight leads as they tend to open up the lead side of the ribcage a bit too much. In JKD style fighting, this is not an issue as you can easily bring you lead leg up to defend (and you are usually following the straight lead with a lead leg kick, or some other range movement).

The straight lead has similar foot work as above, and in this case you have more torso rotation. Imagine a western fencer doing a lunge attack. The torso goes almost perpendicular to you opponent and the lead shoulder comes up. A JKD style straight lead is most commonly performed with a vertical fist, as that lends itself to better power generation with these body mechanics. The lead arm ends up almost directly in line with the shoulders at the point of impact, and the shoulder is high.

In general though, your standard jab has minimal footwork. It is usually designed to be added into other movements and combos with as little intrusion a spossible, and is your most common strike in anything but the upper-end weight classes.