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Jab Strength

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Ross17, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Ross17

    Ross17 White Belt

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    Just started boxing and need to improve the strength of my jab, is theer anything I can do?

    Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  2. Knucks

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    speed > strength when it comes to the jab, dont worry about it being strong its all about speed when it comes to the jab.
     
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    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    IMO same with everything


    If you're fast and have correct body mechanics you should never worry about strength (although always train for it if that makes sense)
     
  5. mvisit1

    mvisit1 Blue Belt

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    Punching power either comes from momentum or torque. The jab kind of has a mix of both whereas the cross is almost all torque.

    Make sure you're pushing yourself forward with your rear foot to get that forward momentum while torquing your hips for additional power. Snap adds power too so make sure you're bringing your arm back as fast as you put it out there.
     
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    fightingrabbit Banned Banned

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    I've actually read of tusing resistance bands, i heard they work real well.
     
  7. aries

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    I think most of the power comes from forward momentum of the step on both the jab and the cross but it's especially important for the jab. Both are straight linear punches and the power comes from moving your body in the same direction. This is where the step comes in.
     
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    clap pushups
     
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    Use a double end bag. Has helped my jab tremendously.
     
  12. mvisit1

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    I must respectfully disagree. You torque your hips on the jab as well as the cross, but more so on the cross. Yes, the step is important on the jab but you should be torquing your hips as well, just not as much as on the cross because you shouldn't be coming up on the ball of your front foot on the jab like you do with your rear foot for the cross.
     
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    Oops double post, sorry.
     
  14. GunnyHighway

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    Check your footwork also, when your feet are closer together horizontally, you do generate more power on the jab than a classic boxing stance. Make sure you get some upper body rotation on that punch also and a good push from the rear foot, thats a power jab.
     
  15. The Brand

    The Brand Guest

    Practice,lol.
     
  16. mikey5time

    mikey5time Yellow Belt

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    Just keep jabbing.

    When I do heavybag work, I do 50% of my time jabbing.

    I suck though.
     
  17. aries

    aries Silver Belt

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    Have you ever read Jack Dempsey's book? He describes in it the mechanics of a cross very well and it's his assertion that most of the power comes from the drop step not the twisting element or as he calls it the 'whirl'. The torquing of the hips is an important element of the cross but not nearly as important imho as the step. The step btw the can almost be very small and almost imperceptible to the eye. Try throwing a cross with only twist of the hips and no drop of the weight onto the front foot (step), to me it lacks a lot of power.
     
  18. Apachai

    Apachai Guest

    I never did western boxing, only kick- and thaiboxing, and I've only learned to throw the cross with a twist - any tips on how to master the drop step without going to a boxing gym?

    I read Dempsey's book a while ago, but I just can't figure out how to time the drop correctly. It's a bit easier when I have most of my weight on the front leg, but that's not so good for thai-boxing.
     
  19. darnok

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    I don't know how you can twist your hip on the cross without automatically shifting most of your weight on the front foot. Are you keeping your rear leg bent or straight during the cross?

    I can stand right infront of the bag all day and never shift my feet and still throw punches that are pretty much as powerful as if I was moving foward with them. Stepping or leaning in as you punch (rear hand) seems to make you vulnerable to more powerful counters.
     
  20. WintersMMA

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    lol at least you're honest

    Keep working the jab with speed and explosiveness. It's my favorite tool and you will appreciate it in sparring especially against brawlers who are swinging for the fences
     

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