Boxing Training: The Importance of The Jab
The Jab Is Key
The jab is the most important punch in the sport of boxing without a doubt. If you have an excellent jab you can control the tempo or the pace of the bout. A good jab will help a boxer pile up points and put rounds in the bank. 75 to 80% of your shots should be jabs. You work off the jab as in jab, jab, right hand. Single, double jab, feint jab, triplet jab. The stick is a fighter's bread and butter and it can be used to control the action on both offense and defense.
Proper Jab Techniques
The Jab (Offense)
The jab can score points, hurt your opponent and help set up other punches. It can be used as a range finder. Never telegraph the stick or jab as it should be thrown from different angles and mixed up. Sometimes singles, sometimes doubles and sometimes triple jabs. Feint jabs followed by a solid jab or even a lead right is a good jab tactic. Having a great jab is more important than all the other punches in boxing put together. Their is no substitute for an accurate, fast jab thrown with good timing.
The Jab (Defense)
The jab will keep your opponent preoccupied and if you use it constantly it will limit their return which makes the jab or stick a defensive weapon as well as an offensive one. Keeping the opponent at bay with an accurate jab will keep him on the defensive. A jab, like a parry can be used to deflect incoming shots. If a boxer is hurt he can use the stick to create space and avoid punches from a distance while trying to fully recover.
Types of Jabs
Jab To The body
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Can You Succeed in Boxing Without The Jab
You will have very limited success in the sport of boxing if you do not possess a descent jab. As a taller or longer armed boxer you will be able to win and sometimes dominates bouts with a solid stick alone. On the other hand even if your at a height and reach disadvantage you will still have to depend on the push jab among other tactics in order to get inside.
The jab sets up combinations and it builds points to help you win rounds in amateur and professional boxing. never underestimate the importance of the jab in boxing because it is a prizefighter's bread and butter.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to developing the jab. its important for the jab to flow naturally which comes with lots of repetition during practice.
Always mix up your attack and never get complacent. The jab should be a constant punch pumping out to baffle, confuse and beat the other boxer.
The Jab Should Be 80% of Your Arsenal
How To Properly Deliver The Jab
These instructions are for fighting in the right handed stance. For southpaw boxers (Left Handed), Simply switch from left jab to right jab.
1. Get in the proper boxing stance. (Left foot and left arm facing slightly forward toward your opponent. Chindown, eyes up, elbows tucked in and of course keep a slight bend in both of your knees).
2. Push forward with the left foot in order to close the distance. (Keep your front foot facing towards your opponent).
3. At the time that your foot goes forward, snap the left jab out strait with no upward or downWard movement whatsoever. Do not tighten your fist until the very point of impact in order to increase the power on the punch.
4. As the punch reaches the target you will turn or rotate your fist over so that the two boxer knuckle a land directly on the target. Never reach with the jab or make your body go with the jab. Use your full reach because the stick should be an arm punch. The most important punch in the Sweet Science.
5. Immediately upon impact bring your left arm strait back the same way you threw it out and into the on guard position. Make sure your elbows always remained tucked in so that your always protecting your body.
* You can throw two and three jabs at a time but after each jab bring the stick all the way back to the on guard position before quickly snapping it out again.
Pro's With Excellent Sticks
Boxers With Great Jabs
Prizefighters With Superior Jabs
1. Larry Holmes: The Eaton Assassin made 20 defenses of the heavyweight championship which is the second most in history.
2. Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber held the heavyweight title 11 years and made 25 total title defenses. Both are records.
3. Sugar Ray Robinson: Sugar is considered the best boxer in history and his jab was a major part of his success in the squared circle.
4. Willie Pep: The Will of the Wisp was a defensive genius and his jab was his best defensive and offensive weapon. He won many bouts with his stick alone.
5. Benny Leonard/ Muhammad Ali (Tie): Leonard is one of the best lightweight champions in history and he had knockout power in both hands. Most of his knockouts came from working behind the jab. Muhammad Ali used his jab for 90% of his punch output and he is considered one of if not the best heavyweight of all time.
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