Darren Barker’s boxing masterclass (Part I): The Jab

 

 

The jab to the head

This can be used as a range-finder and everything comes off the jab

1. Start in your basic stance, 
on the balls 
of your feet. Keep your other hand (my right) up, covering your chin.

2. You don’t have to step forward but 
I used to, front foot first then back foot just after, adding weight to 
the shot.

3. Keep the shot tight to your body, extend the lead arm and twist the wrist at the point of impact4. Bring the left arm back in a straight trajectory to your chin; don’t let it drop down then bring it up.

 

The jab to the body

This puts you closer to the danger zone but it’s good to vary your lead

1. Start in your basic stance, 
on the balls 
of your feet. Keep your other hand (my right) up, covering your chin.

2. I tended to do it all in 
one motion. Step forward – front foot first – 
as you ‘snake’ your upper-body down and forward, then throw the shot.

3. Bring the left arm back in a straight trajectory to your chin as you stand back upright, knees slightly bent, in your original stance.

 

The double jab

This can be effective in dictating the pace and range where the fight is waged

1. Start in your basic stance, 
on the balls 
of your feet. Keep your other hand (my right) up, covering your chin.

2. You don’t have to step forward but 
I used to, front foot first then back foot just after, adding weight to 
the shot.

3. Don’t bring your hand all the way back to your chin, let it stay a few inches forward

4. Take a second step, forward or to the side as you throw the second jab. You’ll likely miss if you throw from the same position, in the same direction, twice.

 

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