A Jab Specialist (learn tips from a pro boxing coach)


Hi there, I’m Mike Gales for fight your way
fit. In this video, I’m going to see a boxing specialist to fix my jab. I’m
basically going to see a jab doctor to repair my ailing jab.
once again I’m at the awesome Grant Brothers Gym. I’m going to leave a link in
the description below. I’m lucky enough to catch coach Jesse Ross
Thompson, right before he leaves for Germany with one of his pro fighters.
Coach Thompson is not only an amateur and pro boxing coach and a cut man he’s
also extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the biomechanics of boxing.
He’s the type of coach that even pro fighters, who have been boxing for years,
go to to improve their boxing technique. I’ll leave links to his Instagram
and his website in the description below. So why am I looking for help? A few
years ago, I tore my lead shoulder. Since then I’ve picked up a few bad
habits that you can see here. I am dropping the lead hand right before I
throw the punch. There have been a few comments about this in various
videos. I subconsciously picked up this bad habit as I was compensating for
my damaged shoulder. Now I want to go see a professional boxing technician,
like Coach Thompson, to rectify the problem. Contrary to what some people
may think, it’s not because my lead hand is lower, that’s not my biggest problem.
Some of the greatest boxers of all time like Carl Froch, Roy Jones,
Mayweather or even the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali for example, all kept
their lead jab hand low. Having a low lead hand is not necessarily the biggest
problem. I want to mention that with all of these great fighters that
even though their lead hand is low, their lead shoulder always comes up high a
particular chin as they throw out their jab. That is the most important thing.
I usually do that and so the lead hand low is not my biggest problem. A few
of you have commented on what the big problem really is. That problem is
that I’m telegraphing the jab. My opponent picks up on a little bit of
extra movement before I throw and then they see it coming. I’m also getting a
little older and I’m not the fastest. That extra movement of lowering my hand
and then jabbing, is adding a split second to my jab. That makes it easy
to pick off. That is my big issue. That’s exactly what I’m explaining here
to coach Thompson that I drop the shot right before I throw it. This is why
he’s such a great boxing coach that other Pro fighters seek out. Instead of
just telling me some generic solution like keep your hand up, he tells me
that there are many different styles of jabs. He wants to know,
what it is specifically that I’m looking to accomplish with my jab. That’s a great question and every trainer
should address that. Are you looking to have a punishing offensive jab,
perhaps like Ike Quartey? Or are you looking to set up other big punches the
way Klitschko or Lennox Lewis would set their big right hand behind a jab?
Perhaps you’re looking to create distance. Are you a defensive or an
offensive fighter? There’s a lot that the jab can accomplish. In my case, I’m a
shorter guy from my weight. I am just under six feet tall and I often box guys that
are much taller than myself. Like Tyson, I need to use a jab to get in
and close the distance. Once there, I can land my other punches. As it
turns out, the best style of jab for me, as I’m not super quick and I don’t have
long arms, and so the best jab for me, is going to be to keep that lead
hand up high, like a shield as I come in behind my jab. You guys in
your comments were absolutely right, which is pretty cool. First, coach
Thompson has me through a few jebs in place, without any movement. That way
he can assess that my hand is staying up high, like it’s supposed to. I know
that it should be simple but it’s a tough habit to break and so I’m trying
now to be conscious of it. Aside from having my lead hand up, he informs me that Ishould also angle myself even more towards my opponent. That will
limit my exposure to counter shots, as I enter. I’m also making a mental
note of that as well. He’s a great coach and he notices that aside from the
problem I have of telegraphing my jab, by first lowering my hand, he also sees that
I’m telegraphing it by leaning forward slightly as I throw it. That’s also going
to limit my power and leave me vulnerable to counter uppercuts. He’s
got a great eye and that’s why it’s great to have another pair of
knowledgeable eyes take a look at you. They may notice things that you
may not. True knowledge begins with humbleness and sometimes you need to be
willing to accept help. I’m really grateful for this little lesson. Again he
reminds me to keep myself angled with my lead shoulder pointing towards my
opponent. It may take a little time to adjust but I’ll get it. As I step forward
he reminds me of what I know all too well, keep that lead shoulder high, as you
throw that jab out there. Or else you might get caught with a big punch over
the top of your jab. Again it’s imperative that you keep that shoulder
high. I’ll put on my gloves and we’re going to continue with the lesson. He
first steps forward towards me, so that way, I don’t need to think of any foot
movement. I’m getting used to throwing the jab without dropping my hand too much. Keep in mind here that were only working the
mechanics of my jab. In this video, I’m not using any head movement or other stuff that I would normally use. Right now, the entire focus is on my jab only.
I’m a short guy from my weight and coach Thompson suggests that an up jab
may be a good option. Mike Tyson would often do that to break through an opponent’s high guard. It’s a slightly different movement than I’m used to,
where you really need to rotate those hips but it’s definitely a good option.
I will definitely practice it. I will add that step forward, as I
jab, to close the distance. He reminds me not to hesitate but to commit and explode when I throw the jab. I try to not telegraph it by leaning too far forward or by dropping that lead hand. Next, coach Thompson is
explaining how my jab is just a little bit predictable. I should
consider mixing up my jab, by going to the body now and then, to throw off my
opponent. It’s not necessarily that a jab to the body is going to hurt my
opponent, but it’s a distraction that can set up other punches. As I close that
distance and I try mixing it up, he notices that my rear elbow is flaring
out a little bit more than it should. Not only do I need to keep that rear
hand up high, it’s also a good idea to keep that rear elbow in close as well, to
protect my ribs. As I drop down, my lead me should never pass my lead foot
or else my balance and power are really going to suffer. It’s all well and
good to get close but I need to be on balance when I get there. I’m used to
going straight in there and coach Thompson is helping me up my jab game by
helping me be a little more deceptive. A feint low and jab high, a feint high and
the jab low. Is a low shots of the body gonna hurt my opponent? Probably not but
it’s gonna get me in range for something else that might. Now that we have been
addressing a few kinks that I have in my jab, we’re gonna get to the way that I
need to throw it, to be effective. I want to close the distance and then throw my power shots after the jab. Yet I don’t necessarily
want to be standing right in front of a bigger man. As soon as I use my
jab to get within range, I should switch angles off to the side, where I’m no
longer in the direct path of his power hand. I will also have a better
angle to land the shots that I want to land. Maybe you’re having some
of the same problems as myself or perhaps you’re just trying to develop a
good jab. Regardless of your boxing style, there are some things that are
universal, that you can use an implement from this free lesson. First,
try your best to make sure that your jab is thrown in a straight line. You don’t
want to have your elbow kicked out to the side like this, as your jabs not
gonna be all that fast or powerful. Your head will also be wide open. Make sure that as you throw your jab, that your fist, elbow and shoulder are straight and
in line with each other, as they impact the target. Next, make sure that as you
throw your jab, that the lead shoulder comes up high to protect your chin. That is extremely important. Also try and keep that rear hand up nice and high for
defense. Try and keep that rear elbow in close to protect your ribs and cover
up as much as possible. Exhale when you jab, to keep your breathing regular. This
will also ensure that your core muscles are contracted and solid, just in case you get a counter shot to the body. I’m going to remember not to lean too
far forward because I don’t want to Telegraph my shots. That also limits
my balance and leaves me vulnerable to counter uppercuts. I will also make sure
that as I get close, that I keep my balance and that my lead knee never
passes my lead foot. I’m also gonna try and keep in mind that boxing could be
like a game of chess and I should be using more tactics, like misdirection and
feints a little more often, to keep my opponent on his toes. Most importantly
I’m gonna try not Telegraph my jab, by not hesitating and keeping my movements
fluid and direct. In my case, I’m going to really focus on making sure that
my lead hand stays up high, as I shoot my jab or my double jab and close the
distance. I say it all the time, but boxing is the support of repetition, and
I’m gonna add these tips to my training and keep practicing. Change
is not going to happen overnight, but the more I practice these things, the more
they’re gonna become second nature to me. After a while my brain and my muscle
memory will be so used to doing things correctly, that I’m no longer gonna even
have to think about it. I just want to thank coach Jesse Ross Thompson for his
time, and I also want to thank all of you guys for taking the time to watch these
videos. This has been Mike Gales for Fight your way Fit. If you like
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75 thoughts on “A Jab Specialist (learn tips from a pro boxing coach)

  1. Mike
    Great video, a lot of good tips on the jab. I always loved Marvin Hagler's lunging jab.
    The 60 yrs old man

  2. Great video Mike! Thanks! Please upload more and more tutorials. I'm a girl and watching your videos helped me a lot. 👍You have the best boxing channel on YouTube.

  3. Check out this dude Kelly starret. I believe he has a phd in physical therapy (I could be wrong).

    I get the feeling that your shoulder injury has been a ticking time bomb. Seems like your shoulders are forced into a rounded position as a means to exaggerate your defensive posture. (High, mike Tyson like guard).

    I feel that if you looked into Kelly starret and understood some principles surrounding "thoracic spine mobility" your pecs will open up and allow for a smoother glide in the execution of mid range motions (punching, like bench pressing is considered mid range movement).

    The idea of your "compensation" is just that. Rounded shoulders will eventually lead to a shoulder issues (there is a way to "pack" your back muscles without being rounded)

    I also think this is what made mike Tyson so great. His motion is technical mastery of not just boxing, but the favored biomechanics of the body period.

  4. Awesome video. I like that you’re willing to admit you have areas to improve, and willing to share it with all of us.

  5. You don't need to go to a pro boxing coach, just show a video of yourself punching on youtube, and the experts will flock to the comment section to tell you what you are doing wrong!

  6. What timing! been boxing for 10 years and the last 2 years been training on my own and developed shoulder pains. After some physical therapy it seemed to go away but as soon as I started training the pain would come back. So I hired a boxing coach to start from ground zero and found some flaws in my punches. One thing was that I would lean my head forward with my jab, but the main thing was that my foot work was a bit off and just minor adjustments to my footwork helped tremendously.

    Also may I suggest relaxing a bit, I know you said you are still in the processes of improvement but the only thing I can see from the video is that you are too tense. Try making only a fist at the last second of impact and have your hand open the rest of the time. I like to keep my fist slightly open and have my thumb rubbing my temple area. (in fighter stance)

  7. Am I the only one that ocasionally watches such videos and feels real sadistic pleasure. Each time he lowers that back hand my muscle reflexes kick in and I flinch for a left hook while laughing 😀 I should really see a specialist …

  8. https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Lead-Core-Bruce-Lees/dp/0804836302
    Recommended for anyone who wants an incredible jab.

  9. I'm 20 years old and just got into boxing, and i just wanted to let you know that all of your videos are extremely helpful, please keep them coming, appreciate all the help i can get

  10. last thing. Dont forget to extend your jab as much as you can so you can add as much reach and snap to your jab 😉 other than that the video is perfect !

  11. Great channel mate. Im kickboxing 3 times a week. I want to add some 2 weight sessions into my weekly training. But dont have the the time to hit the gym as well. Can you give me a decent press up and upper back routine with bands which I could do inbetween my kickboxing sessions? Cheers

  12. mike is the master of staying still in a motion video. 🙂 thanks again man. started for the first time in my 40's (simultaneously losing weight and boxing and boxing related exercises) about a month ago — with your beginner bag video — and i'm finding i wish i woulda started two decades ago…lots of fun, so much to learn, far more of a mental sport than i had imagined..

  13. Another great vid – I know, a little late on commenting. Some good (truly basic) pointers that are easy to forget. Repetition truly is the key to getting muscle memory to properly execute what the mind wants the body to do. Thanks for the vid!

  14. A fighter with ego will never see the truth about themselves to identify their flaws and seek to better themselves. A fighter with pride will be grateful of their accomplishments but listen to constructive criticsm and make adjustments. Your a professional and have provided me knowledge as I train my striking game. Thank you.

  15. Need help please? I’m a pressure fighter.. but sometimes I overrotate my jab.. and coz’ of that i kinda have a hard time dealing with southpaws, slipping to the left, setting up my right, etc… I mean I just put my self in a situation where its hard for me to really move? Is it my stance? Do I overrotate my shoulders too much? Is my front foot too angled? Please I need your opinion? Whats the best jab technique for a pressure fighter like me?

  16. This is the type of channel I was looking for. After rupturing my pec, I suck at anything upper body related especially on my left side. And, I love boxing. Subscribed.

  17. Takes a level headed man to be open to criticism. The real fighter's mentality is always trying to improve one's game. Way to go brother.

  18. just came across your videos Mike and im impressed how you keep everything simple and explain the basics so well. Good job

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