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Old 12-10-2010, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Jab - Breaking Down the Basics

Hey guys,

After posting a video showing my choice of fighting stance, I received a bunch of messages asking about throwing the jab from that stance.

I threw together a video with some of the most important jab details and some footage of me landing the punch during a few of my fights...

Click here to watch...
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a really decent jab you have indeed. It's not just a distance feeler, but an attacking punch itself. But in the contrary to what you tell in your tutorial, in your fights you do not just extend your arm, as I think I see a slight rotational movement of your body and that's the key what makes your jabs powerful.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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awesome tutorial... Great breakdown of the jab. I guess the reason why he didnt explain your torquing or twisting motion is because he taught it standing still first.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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GSP proved that jabs can be effective in MMA, but he's so effing quick that he can get away with it - I've got a good jab, but I'm not quick enough to use it comfortably - I'm open to getting my lead leg chopped down with leg kicks and to getting taken down when I jab too much.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice to see a pro fighter who has been in some bigger name bouts here in the forum. Definitely a well thrown jab. I'm going to give the video its deserved time in a bit, and go over your tips.

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Hey Jeff

This is a very informative and interesting video and I think it's a great opportunity for the users of the forum. I'm a long time boxing coach and, like you, have created a series of videos which describe the skills of my chosen sport. Before we go any further, I have a great respect for the sport of MMA; anyone who climbs into an enclosed space with someone who wishes to do damage to them deserves all the respect in the world. Furthermore, I'm not taking a stance (no pun intended) of "Boxers know more about punching that MMA guys!", this is far too simplistic an assessment. I see this as a unique learning opportunity for myself and the users of the forum.

OK, below is a link to my description of the perfect boxing jab (forgive the brightness, the quality improves with subsequent videos!) Having looked at your video side by side with mine, there are both similarities and contradictions, it's very interesting. It would be good if either yourself or others on the forum could look at the two and we can discuss the reasons for the differences. It'll be interesting to see where we go! My sense is that it will come down to stance differences and the threat of imminent grappling or kicks...we'll see!

How to throw a boxing jab.

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Hey Fran, thanks for the video. I've trained in boxing before I did mma. I think your posture is a little too straight for mma. In mma you need to worry about takedowns and so forth.
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Hey Student

I think I see what you mean. The idea is that there is in MMA a fairly constant level of threat of a low-level attack to the legs. My guess is that the defence to a low level charge to the legs would be to pull the legs back looking to ensure that the opponent doesn't grab them and allowing the body to 'fall' on top of the incoming opponent? This would I guess explain the crouch-style stance and the bodyweight being allowed to go slightly forward?

It's interesting. Seems that a key moment is when a fight switches from stand-up to grappling-type stuff.

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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GSP proved that jabs can be effective in MMA, but he's so effing quick that he can get away with it - I've got a good jab, but I'm not quick enough to use it comfortably - I'm open to getting my lead leg chopped down with leg kicks and to getting taken down when I jab too much.
well in Boxing the Jab is a free Punch, there isn't a whole lot that can come back at you due to it's quickness of execution, in MMA there are more options so you are better off setting up your Jab, you can make it a free attack again if you work on angles. Just a tip I've found.
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