Boxing & Padwork | Jab & Cross

After discussing the benefits of boxing & padwork, now we are going to focus on two particular punches ‘the jab and cross’. Your jab is your lead hand and your cross is your rear hand (also your dominant hand). They are the most commonly used punches in boxing for their long range, accuracy and speed.

The Punches

1. The Jab

  1. Extend the lead hand straight out in front of you
  2. Simultaneously turn the hip and shoulder
  3. Return hand to the guard position

2. The Cross 

  1. Extend the rear hand straight out in front of you
  2. Simultaneously turn the hip and shoulder, and pivot the back foot
  3. Return hand to the guard position

The Padwork

When holding the pads you always adopt the opposite stance to the puncher to avoid stepping on each others toes. Whether you are holding the pads up for one punch or two punches the following teaching points apply.

  1. Hold the pads flat and at shoulder height to the puncher
  2. Tuck your arms in
  3. If holding the pads for two punches position the pads shoulder width apart

Standard

Jab only

Cross only

Next time we will be checking out the head hook. 

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