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.
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.
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.