Your Fastest Strike: How to Perfect the Jab
By: Mr. X
The jab is one of the most effective punches in boxing. It’s not only used in fighting but it’s also used in many other sports such as tennis, soccer, badminton etc.
In order to use a good jab properly, you need to have perfect timing and strength when throwing it. If you don’t have these two things then your jab will be ineffective.
Jabs are often thrown from both sides, so they’re very difficult to defend against. A good way to avoid them is to keep your head up and move forward while keeping your body low. You’ll see fighters using their hands or feet as protection during a jab, but this isn’t really necessary since most opponents won’t expect it either.
A good jab is usually followed up by a right hand. However, if you miss the first punch, then your opponent might come back with another one. So make sure to get in close before doing anything else!
How To Throw A Punch Boxing – The Right Way! (And The Wrong Way!)
You’ve probably heard the saying “the best defense is a strong offense”. Well, this couldn’t be truer when it comes to boxing! Winning a fight is all about landing your punches and making sure the other guy doesn’t. It’s true you could just try to avoid getting hit and only throw occasional jabs, but if you really want to win then you need to go on the attack.
Here are some tips to help you throw punches with real power!
Target selection: Always choose a target that’s easy to hit. For example, you might want to go for your opponent’s jaw or even the top of their forehead where their skull ends. These are very easy to hit and will have a big impact. You don’t want to go for a moving target like the torso because it’s much harder to land a punch there.
Stance: You need to make sure you’re in the right stance so you can move around and land punches effectively. Keep your knees slightly bent, your back straight and your hands closer to your chin. You should almost feel like you’re falling over backwards. This stance gives you great balance and lets you move quickly from side to side.
Punching technique: It’s all in the arm movement! When you throw a jab, make sure you push with your back arm and pull with your front arm. This will give you more power. Your fist should snap forward and end almost beside your ear.
For a hook, you’re going to rotate your fist from out beside your ear and twist your arm so your palm faces the ground. This takes practice, but it’s worth it!
Practice makes perfect: Now you know what you need to do, so get out there and try it! Remember that punching bags are great for warming up and practicing new techniques. But really, you should be focusing on working on your defense too. Don’t just stand there and throw punches!
Move around and dodge your opponent’s punches too.
Fighters have one job: to win the fight. Whether that means knocking your opponent out or simply making them quit, that’s up to you. But if you’re going to walk away with a win, you need to practice your techniques.
Always remember these fighter maxims:
Protect yourself at all times
Know your opponent’s weapons
Keep a defense that’s strong and impenetrable
When you’re attacking, be relentless
Never give up and never surrender!
These are just a few of the important rules you should always keep in mind. There’s a lot of strategy that goes into fighting but these rules are great to remember at all times.
It’s also important to note that some fights can’t be won. Sometimes the costs outweigh the benefits and if that’s the case, you need to know when to walk away. But if you choose to fight, make sure you go out with a BANG!
We’re counting on you! Good luck, fighter!
P.S. It also might help to visualize your opponent without a jaw or with their skull smashed in. You’re more likely to hit them then!
P.P.S Don’t forget to stretch before and after the fight!
P.P.P.S Get angry!
You need anger to be a fighter! Get angry at the world and get violent!!
P.P.P.P.S Don’t throw the first punch, but don’t be the one to walk away!
You have completed all of your training.
Now you are ready to be a true fighter! But before you go out in the world, there’s something you should know. You are not the only fighter out there. In fact, there are many fighters out there who do not play by the rules.
Some do not even fight fairly. These cheaters and liars make it very dangerous for folks like us. That’s why it is important that you learn a few tricks before you go out there. These tricks are mostly for if you’re confronted or challenged in public, but some can be used in actual battle.
Tricking your opponent is always an option. Whether you’re using a decoy, lying about your abilities or simply creating a diversion, this method of fighting isn’t exactly the most popular or the most dignified. But sometimes it’s necessary if you want to come out on top.
You will now learn a few skills that can help you in a fight using cunning and trickery.
Pick Pockets: It is possible to take small weapons, coins or even jewelry from another person using only your hands. This requires getting near to your opponent to an extent, but if they are distracted or not paying attention, you can easily accomplish this task.
Steal a Car: This is exactly as it sounds. You steal a car that you can use to escape or get you to your destination. This requires some basic knowledge of how cars work, but other than that, this skill is all about not getting caught.
Escape A Snare: You’re able to carefully extract yourself from ropes and the like by wiggling, twisting and manipulating your body. You can sometimes even talk your way out of a trap.
Pick A Lock: You can unlock most locks without the key if you have some time. This is mostly done manually, though if you have a little tinkerer’s talent, you might be able to create a device to do it for you.
Distract A Guard: Sometimes a guard just needs to be distracted to be easily dispatched later by another member of your crew. This could be as simple as yelling out “fire!” to get them to run in the opposite direction or something more elaborate involving a fake kidnapping.
Escape A Bind: Sometimes you or someone in your crew might get tied up. This skill allows you to easily slip out of rope or even handcuffs with limited struggle. It is harder to do under stress, but still possible.
Which of these tricks appeals to you?
You’ve decided to go with pick pockets. This skill allows you to quickly snatch something out of someone’s pocket (or somewhere else on their person) as long as there is some sort of distraction. It takes an incredible amount of focus to use this skill and it doesn’t always work.
You have a chance to outright steal something, but if you’re caught, the punishment will be severe.
Each version of this is customized to your situation and might need to be done at the right time.
The first thing you should do is select someone in your crew to train in this skill, as you’re going to need some help. Let’s select Zalmora.
Perfect. Zalmora is going to need a lot of practice to get good at this so she can teach the rest of the Crimson Talons how to do it. You’re going to start her out with the most difficult skill, stealing from someone’s pocket while you are directly next to them.
This is going to be extremely risky and you might get caught. Let’s hope Zal’s natural charisma helps.
You take one of your crew members (who is at least smart enough not to be pick-pocketing everyone) into an alley where Zal waits a respectable distance away. You then begin to go through the motions of talking with him while Zal attempts to steal something.
Sources & references used in this article:
Putting out of your mind by T Balf – 2009 – Broadway Books
Rules to break and laws to follow: How your Business can beat the crisis of short-termism by SC Bartoletti – 1999 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Aikido in everyday life: Giving in to get your way by B Rotella – 2001 – books.google.com