A Jab Specialist (learn tips from a pro boxing coach) Part 2

Again it’s imperative that you keep that shoulder high. I’ll put on my gloves and we’re going to continue with the lesson. He first steps forward towards me, so that way, I don’t need to think of any foot movement. I’m getting used to throwing the jab without dropping my hand too much. Keep in mind here that were only working the mechanics of my jab. In this video, I’m not using any head movement or other stuff that I would normally use.

Right now, the entire focus is on my jab only. I’m a short guy from my weight and coach Thompson suggests that an up jab may be a good option. Mike Tyson would often do that to break through an opponent’s high guard. It’s a slightly different movement than I’m used to, where you really need to rotate those hips but it’s definitely a good option. I will definitely practice it.

I will add that step forward, as I jab, to close the distance. He reminds me not to hesitate but to commit and explode when I throw the jab. I try to not telegraph it by leaning too far forward or by dropping that lead hand. Next, coach Thompson is explaining how my jab is just a little bit predictable. I should consider mixing up my jab, by going to the body now and then, to throw off my opponent.

It’s not necessarily that a jab to the body is going to hurt my opponent, but it’s a distraction that can set up other punches. As I close that distance and I try mixing it up, he notices that my rear elbow is flaring out a little bit more than it should. Not only do I need to keep that rear hand up high, it’s also a good idea to keep that rear elbow in close as well, to protect my ribs. As I drop down, my lead me should never pass my lead foot or else my balance and power are really going to suffer.

It’s all well and good to get close but I need to be on balance when I get there. I’m used to going straight in there and coach Thompson is helping me up my jab game by helping me be a little more deceptive. A feint low and jab high, a feint high and the jab low.

Is a low shots of the body gonna hurt my opponent? Probably not but it’s gonna get me in range for something else that might. Now that we have been addressing a few kinks that I have in my jab, we’re gonna get to the way that I need to throw it, to be effective.

I want to close the distance and then throw my power shots after the jab. Yet I don’t necessarily want to be standing right in front of a bigger man. As soon as I use my jab to get within range, I should switch angles off to the side, where I’m no longer in the direct path of his power hand. I will also have a better angle to land the shots that I want to land. Maybe you’re having some of the same problems as myself or perhaps you’re just trying to develop a good jab.

Regardless of your boxing style, there are some things that are universal, that you can use an implement from this free lesson. First, try your best to make sure that your jab is thrown in a straight line. You don’t want to have your elbow kicked out to the side like this, as your jabs not gonna be all that fast or powerful. Your head will also be wide open. Make sure that as you throw your jab, that your fist, elbow and shoulder are straight and in line with each other, as they impact the target. Next, make sure that as you throw your jab, that the lead shoulder comes up high to protect your chin.

That is extremely important. Also try and keep that rear hand up nice and high for defense. Try and keep that rear elbow in close to protect your ribs and cover up as much as possible. Exhale when you jab, to keep your breathing regular.

This will also ensure that your core muscles are contracted and solid, just in case you get a counter shot to the body. I’m going to remember not to lean too far forward because I don’t want to Telegraph my shots. That also limits my balance and leaves me vulnerable to counter uppercuts. I will also make sure that as I get close, that I keep my balance and that my lead knee never passes my lead foot.

I’m also gonna try and keep in mind that boxing could be like a game of chess and I should be using more tactics, like misdirection and feints a little more often, to keep my opponent on his toes. Most importantly I’m gonna try not Telegraph my jab, by not hesitating and keeping my movements fluid and direct. In my case, I’m going to really focus on making sure that my lead hand stays up high, as I shoot my jab or my double jab and close the distance. I say it all the time, but boxing is the support of repetition, and I’m gonna add these tips to my training and keep practicing. Change is not going to happen overnight, but the more I practice these things, the more they’re gonna become second nature to me.

After a while my brain and my muscle memory will be so used to doing things correctly, that I’m no longer gonna even have to think about it. I just want to thank coach Jesse Ross Thompson for his time, and I also want to thank all of you guys for taking the time to watch these videos. This has been Mike Gales for Fight your way Fit. If you like these videos then please click below to subscribe. We’re constantly posting up great tips and new ideas and they’re all meant to get you into the absolute greatest shape possible.