Mark Dacascos in Le Pacte Des Loups
Just like Mani (played by Mark Dacascos) above firing the lead jab, most of us who have been training a while have worked the basic boxing jab and found it to be useful in the context of sportive sparring matches. Today I would like to examine using the boxing jab in the realms of self protection and to do so I am going to write about my own journey using the jab as one of my tools.
GSP gets it done
I needed to learn how to put my whole body behind the punch to get extra power and zip. Following Bob’s advice changed my jab forever, now it hit with real power and it was a much better tool to dominate my opponents. I am not going to give away Bob’s training secrets here, but I recommend you either train with him or watch some of his coaching DVDs.
Sold on the jab for self protection?
Here are a few pointers you may like to consider if you are training the jab for self protection.
- Timing is everything, you’re not sparring, and so get used to firing you jab straight away.
- Your target is the nose, not the teeth or the neck. You are trying to break the other guy’s nose. People tend to dip their chins to protect their neck, so it’s really hard to get you fist into the neck.
- One training idea is to put two eyes and a nose on one of your focus pads with masking tape and practise popping that nose with your jab.
- During boxing sparring, work popping the jab from your natural squared up, less bladed self protection stance. If you can tag a pro boxer on a regular basis, that should give you the confidence to throw your shot.
Watch Felice in action- count the jabs with hand and foot