Left Straight (JAB)


Left Straight (JAB) – the #1 most important weapon in boxing (see video)

  • Keeping the rest of your body still, extend your left fist straight forward.
  • Exhale sharply as you punch, rotating the fist to land with the palm down.
  • Pull the hand back immediately after impact to defend.

*** Try throwing a jab with a forward step (aka “step jab”). Also try a jab to the body by bending your knees & waist slightly as you jab.

The jab is the most important punch in boxing. It can attack, defend, counter, score points, make space, and many other things. It’s your longest, fastest punch, uses the least energy, and leaves you the least vulnerable. A boxing trainer will usually tell you that every combo must start with the jab. It’s a fast punch that stuns your opponent just long enough for the big punches to land.


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