How to Throw a Jab in Boxing

Learn how to throw a jab from boxing coach Joe Huston in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Hello my name is Joe 'doc Huston and I am here at my friend's gym in Portland, Oregon to share some tricks, tactics and strategies to help you get the most out of your boxing career The jab is a tactical weapon. It is used to keep space and allow time to think and breathe in between blows. The jab is not about pain or power, rather keeping your opponent at a distance, as well as preventing or hindering his ability to think and react as clearly. The jab is a straight punch. And when I say straight, I think pool cue straight. If you think about a pool cue, you get a little bit of bend in that pool cue and that takes all the power away from your shot. The purpose of boxing is to give a little bit of kinetic energy to your friend. So, the way I like to think about it, is either assembling a pool cue, or another analogy, a tent pole, where they got the strange stuff in it, and you take the tent pole out of the bag and you kind of flip it around all the pieces wind out and come out perfectly straight. What we're gonna do is put the elbow forward and up, and when that happens, this wrist and the hand are gonna go forward and out. So let me show you what I'm talking about. See how straight that is? The energy does not come from the arm muscles, it comes from the rest of your body. So the next thing you do is, now that you've touched the guy, you got to push him. So in order to push him, the simplest way to get some energy into it, is to shift your knees backwards and forwards and that's gonna give you that pop. Another important part of the jab is you got to be able to hit the guy. So that's why its really important to make sure you've got all three parts of the jab at the same time. You want to touch, you wanna push, and you wanna aim.

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