May 28, 2008

The Jab - Boxing

So you all saw Sean Sherk get destroyed by BJ Penn's jab.

Instead of going over the technique per se, I'm going to just point out a few things with this one.

When the jab is when done properly, it is something between a lead straight and an arm punch. That might seem like a strange thing to say, because to most of you, a jab is just a jab, but the fact is, most people, especially in MMA, tend to over commit to their jabs (or just not use them at all), which just open them up so much.

Notice that a proper jab is not a lead straight. Plant your feet a millisecond before you pop that jab out from your shoulder. Actually, because Sherk was hopping in to throw everything from his jabs to his hooks- Penn, with the reach advantage, took full advantage of the counter opening.

I know some of you might not be happy about what I wrote above, since many of you may do it, but in reality, it's something that can be forgivable if and only if you have a reach advantage AND a speed advantage, something that can be said for just about any sloppy technique.

He makes a mistake and calls the jab a shoulder shot, which is wrong because a good jab still relies on proper kinetic linkage, just in lighter form, though it is true that more coming from the hips and shoulders rather than the legs on this one. But regardless, if you make the mistake of making the jab a elbow shot, you're not only going to have a weak and messy jab, you're probably going to mess your joints up later in life unless you have someone fix that for you right now.

As far as kinetic linkage and snapping the punch goes, it's the same for any solid straight punch- you torque the shoulder into the punch right before impact.

"What knuckles do I hit with?" As long as the arm is aligned properly at the time of impact, I don't give a rat's ass. If you're unsure, just go with the top two- it makes it less likely for you to break your wrist when you strike with your hand horizontal.

Watch the video- it's thorough and well-explained.

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