The jab or the boxers jab a fight tool that is versatile because
it is good for attacks and for defenses. This is good yin yang. It is also has a third purpose, completing
the fight cycle of aggressive, passive and assertive.
The jab is very quick because it is used with the lead hand
which is already out in front, closer to your opponent. It should be either within a few or several inches
from your opponent or just a quick lean or step to your opponent. The distance should be short and quick to
cover so you can take advantage of it. The short distance and position will surprise your opponent, giving
you a distinct advantage.
When it is done correctly, your opponent won’t see it until the
last second but will definitely feel it’s surprising impact. A split second before being hit, your opponent
will see an object thrusting toward the jaw and then, BAM and crunch, a solid head jolting hit and maybe some
“stars” that trigger the beginning of a knock out.
Many fighters have tried to achieve a knock out with the jab
punch. Karatekas, street fighters and boxers, but the only one who might have been successful was Mike Tyson.
Yes, Ol Iron Mike who was well known and feared for his incredible power.
Bruce Lee may have been successful, too. The famous legends of
the power from his one inch and three inch punches were well known. If he ever used them as a jab he probably
easily knocked out other fighters.
To get the most power into the punch you need to put your arms,
chest, hips, legs and feet into the punch. Speed provides power too. You will need to be well balanced,
either in a solid, upright stance or leaning into it. Then by twisting your body as you make your delivery,
power shoots up your body starting with your feet and continuing all the way into your
Part of the secret to achieving a successful hit is landing in
the right place. This will be the chin. It is surprising how many fighters think the main target is the nose
or the forehead but it is only the jaw. The impact here will drive the jaw backward into the two mandibles
and start the beginnings and maybe the ending of a knock out.
Sometimes you get lucky and fight someone with the proverbial
“glass jaw”. This type of person is not a seasoned nor real fighter though. However, if you do encounter this
person (“fighter”) then it will be a short and successful fight for you.
There may be other times that you are up against a newbie that
is scared to get hit. When this is true, a solid pounding from your jab and your opponent will spend all the
time moving around and away from your justifiable punches.
However, once you are against a seasoned, serious fighter then
you know your fight game is on and you will be exercising all your tactics. The jab will only be used with
the seven purposes that it truly is designed for.
The first real purpose of the jab is to find your opponent. Your
distance varies during combat and you always need to keenly be aware of how far you need to travel to connect
with your punches. The jab serves just this purpose. Once you connect with the jab, immediately follow with
your real weapon which will likely be a cross punch. Nail your opponent squarely with a powerful cannon ball
cross and begin your assault to victory.
The next purpose is to stop your opponent from advancing. A
quick jab into the face will notify your opponent to stop and pay attention to you. You don’t want that
person coming any closer. Think: Stop and Desist, NOW! A sudden fist into the face will send that message
loud and clear.
Another purpose is to “blind” your opponent. When you start
sending a few jabs into the face or particularly, the eyes of your opponent, you temporarily create a
shield that hides your other
actions from your opponent’s view. This provides you with a very brief moment to prepare for your real plan.
A good move would be to lean or step closer and then deliver a cross, or knee.
You will keep your opponent busy when you deliver several jabs
into the face of your opponent. The constant barrage of fists smashing into the face of your opponent will
require constant moves of protection to stop the oncoming fists from landing. You always want your opponent
on the defense while you remain on the offense, attacking continuously until you win.
Although not likely to knock out your opponent, the jab can and
will do some damage. This is your next purpose for the jab. Every hit counts when delivering pain and damage.
By landing correctly on the jaw, your opponent’s head jolts backward and does some damage. It’s much like
nickels and dimes: they don’t make you rich but after a bunch of them come together you have a few dollars.
The same idea is with many connecting jabs, they pack a wallop and then when you deliver your power blows,
like a cross, you do some real damage. This puts you closer or right into the winner
The last purpose of the jab is to feint. The feint or “fake out”
is to draw your opponent into blocking a punch that never is there and allow you to use another punch or
attack that you really wanted to use. The feint jab quickly evolves into a hook punch or rolls up into a
backfist or even a head smashing hammerfist. You can even pull back and use the other hand to deliver a cross
or overhand punch. Your opponent was so busy blocking a jab that is not there and brought down the protecting
guard and is now open for your attack.
To get the most from your boxers jab, put your dominant side
forward. Therefore, if you are right handed, put your right side forward, if left handed, put your left. This
is the best lead when using KUNG FU WARRIORS’s fighting techniques as this is the style taught by our lineage
starting with Bruce Lee and then with Dan Inosanto. Traditional, Western boxing prefers using your
non-dominant lead because it
has less power and choses to use your dominant hand as a cross because it believes there is more power in
this hand. KUNG FU WARRIORS believes the cross will gain substantial power even for a non-dominant hand and
believes the dominant hand generates significant power and speed because it is the dominant, frequently used
hand and arm.
To execute a jab you need to:
· Be in a single side lead, either right foot and hand forward or
your left ;
· Hand out in front about shoulder/deltoid
· Elbow pointing straight down;
· Hand-Forearm-Upper-Arm create a “V” shape;
· Hand-Arm is about ¾ extended;
· Shoot the hand foreward to the face of you
· Squeeze your hand into a fist during delivery as it speeds to
· Keep your fist with the thumb up and the knife edge/baby finger
on the bottom*;
· Hit mainly straight in and also at impact move upward as if
trying to hit the ears;
· Return to starting point while releasing grip of
*NOTE: some fighters prefer the “Boxer’s Fist” also called the
“Corkscrew Punch” and is commonly used by karateka. The fist turns downward so that the bent thumb is facing
the middle of your body, your squeezed fingers face straight down and the back of the hand is facing up.
Although not preferred by KUNG FU WARRIORS it is still acceptable.
The boxing jab is highly underestimated although frequently
used. Despite its lack of real power it still delivers a good hit and serves to you well in combat. It sends
warnings to your opponent as a caution of you presence, power and skill.
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