How to Throw a Jab

The jab is the most important punch in boxing. It also very useful in a self-defense situation. A building needs a good foundation to stand against violent winds and a fighter needs a strong stance to withstand an attack.  So if you follow these steps you will have success in learning how to throw a simple and effective punch.  

When establishing an on-guard stance, keep your hands at eyebrow level and your elbows pointing down.

When establishing an on-guard stance, keep your hands at eyebrow level and your elbows pointing down. My guest: Jason Manning from 95 KQDS.

Stand up in your normal everyday upright position and step forward with your weaker leg approximately 18 inches (this will vary from person to person). Now that you’re standing, start swaying from front-to-back while keeping both feet firmly on the ground. Adjust your feet to accommodate any balance issues that are exposed while swaying.  Take mental note of these adjustments. Repeat this process while swaying side-to-side, and once again adjust to suit you.

Once you have established a good foundation from your new fighting stance it’s time to protect your centerline. The centerline is an imaginary line that runs down from the crown of your head, splitting your upper torso into a left and right half. Keeping the centerline in mind, bend your knees a few inches and bring both hands up to your eyebrow level while keeping your elbows pointing down.  You should feel comfortable in this position (this is referred to as an “on-guard” stance).  Rock back-and-forth in your new stance with your hands held high to protect your centerline while visualizing an attacker coming into your space. You might need to adjust your stance for your height. Once you are comfortable in this position fine tune it by tucking your chin under your front shoulder and shrugging your shoulders up while simultaneously humping your back. This should put you in a very decent protective stance.

Now that you know how to stand and defend, it’s important that you learn to throw a jab. From a relaxed on-guard position, drive off the ball of your rear foot while thrusting out your front fist or palm towards your imaginary opponent’s nose. Your fist or palm should make contact with the target a split second before your front foot hits the ground from the rear push. Now that you hit your opponent’s nose you want to immediately withdraw your hand by reversing the steps.  

This is the last time that Jason Manning will have an open shot at me.

This is the last time that Jason Manning will have an open shot at me.

You need to practice this at least a thousand times. It is good to practice while looking into a full length mirror.  Another option is to review YouTube videos on how to throw a jab as well. Some key points to remember is to balance on your feet while holding your hands high to protect your centerline. Keep your chin down with your shoulders and back hunched. Elbows down. Hands and arms in front of your face and head.

Keep in mind that you might become very proficient in learning how to throw a jab if you read and follow these steps, but that this in no way going to make you a complete fighter. Please seek the advice of a boxing coach or self-defense instructor in person to improve your form as well as to give you practical advice. While seeking a coach, always ask who they have trained. Seek only the advice from those that have proof of their skills.

First Step: Realize We Live In A Violent World

I often shake my head in amazement when I read or hear of some random act of violence. Those that report on these acts always seemed shocked. Anyone that pays attention to history knows that from the beginning of time, violence has been a part of our existence. If our ancestors did not stand up to those that perpetuated violence against them, you or I would not be here. It bothers me when I hear people say things such as, “The times have gotten so bad, people have no respect anymore,” or “We are living in such violent times.” And my favorite, “We sure have a bully problem these days.” This isn’t a fad; we are genetically wired for violence from the very beginning of mankind. If some tragedy wiped out everyone but two people, they would fight till the last survivor. So the very first step for anyone wishing to be prepared is to open ones eyes, and accept that human’s will always be violent. 

Even if you'll never step into a boxing ring, it's important to know how to defend yourself.

Even if you’ll never step into a boxing ring, it’s important to know how to defend yourself.

If you want to prevent yourself or your loved ones from being victimized, you should learn realistic self-defense. I grew up fighting in blue-collar neighborhood in the northern Minnesota shipping town of Duluth, MN. Back when I was young man, bar fighting was a sport. I served in the Army, and spent time in combat. I have spent many years in Professional Boxing. I learned long ago that people that can handle themselves are not victimized. You don’t have to be the toughest person – you just don’t want to be an easy target. If you follow my instructions and put in the work you will no longer be a soft target, you will be a hard target. People who wish to harm someone will recognize that. I have seen the transformation from soft target to hard target too many times to count. I have trained people for years on how to fight. I have a proven track record with the success of my Boxers. 

My hope is by starting this blog that I may help anyone out there who is being threatened or bullied to feel safer in this violent world. I especially want to help young boys and girls out there that are being bullied. For years I have taught kids on how to box (as my Father did before me).

I have come to realize that some parents do not want to bring their kids to a boxing gym, and some kids do not want box. I understand their concern – that is why I started this blog. I want to reach those people who need help. This will not be a blog about some make believe and ancient martial art secret. This will be a blog about simple yet practical skills that almost anyone can use. It will be a free of charge resource for you to learn from.  I have been blessed with many people in my life who have helped me along my journey. This is my way of paying back. I encourage those that read this blog to show it to any of your friends that might benefit from it. Bookmark this blog on your computer and visit it often; it will be updated frequently with new material that anyone may use to not only defend themselves but also get in great shape. Simple yet very efficient workouts will be posted; these workouts are what I use to get my professional fighters in top condition. Good luck on your journey.