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Pawing Jab – Technique Of The Week

The jab is a simple and versatile tool, but also the hardest punch to master. As the most important and thrown punch in combat sports, its not used to end fights, but sets up everything else that does. The best type of jab for that is the pawing jab.

pawing jab - technique of the week

What is the Pawing Jab?

The pawing jab is used interchangeably with the flicker jab. Although related, they are too different types of jabs. The more practical synonym for pawing is to feel, and it is precisely what you do with the pawing jab.

The mechanics of pawing the jab doesn’t require any other movement other than the arm extending towards the face of the opponent in a metronome (not always), but not necessarily to make contact. Below is a video of Guillermo Rigondaux who paws with the jab as a catalyst to his game.

The pawing jab is a technique that does several things simultaneously.

  • Gauges distance
  • Sets up other punches
  • Obstructing opponents sight
  • To provoke an attack
  • Controls the rhythm
  • Creates deception
    • Opponent’s perceived distance and reach
    • Conceals advancement / Footwork
    • Lures opponent to a deceptive rhythm

Pawing Shadow Boxing Drills – Pawing to Connect

While metronomically throwing out the pawing jab, practice your footwork and throwing other punches and kicks at a moment’s notice in a broken rhythm.

Pawing Focus Mitt Drills – Pawing to Provoke

Have the holder feed you random punches while metronomically pawing the focus mitts. Work your counter punches off the pawing metronome.

Pawing Advice

  • Learn how to paw going backwards
  • Learn Paw follow ups with the same hand
  • Paw in a way you can throw any strike at moment’s notice

Common Mistakes

  • Getting hypnotized by your own metronome.
  • Not being ready at a moment’s notice.

More Resources:

Thomas “The Hitman” Herns (boxing)
Andrew Tabiti
(boxing)
Saenchai (Southpaw Muay Thai)
Broken Rhythm Basics (Article on broken rhythm)

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Splitting The Jab – Technique Of The Week

In kickboxing, boxing, and MMA, the jab is the most common attack we have to deal with. With Variable angles, set-ups, and follow-ups, the jab can be difficult to counter. But with a little training and timing, splitting the jab can do wonders.

Definition

Splitting The Jab is defined as a counter, by slipping your head to one side while throwing a punch on the other in order to counter the jab during its execution.

Drills

Developing the mechanics – Practice splitting the jab by using a partner to extend a jab continuously in a robotic form. Execute the technique at every other jab.

2 Man Drill – Choreograph an exchange drill where the feeder counters with the jab while the receiver defends it with a simple parry. Execute the technique at every other jab instead of the parry.

Isolated sparring – Spar only using the jab. In addition, either partner can execute the technique at any time.

Advice

  • Easier to execute off of slight head movements.
  • Initiating an attack in order to draw out the jab is easier to time.

Common mistakes

  • Executing from a backwards lean.
  • Body is too bladed (if countering with rear hand).
  • Over-reaching.

Pros

  • Has lead to many KO’s.
  • Catches the opponent Stepping in.
  • Aggressive counter.

Cons

  • If failed, you can be left in a bad position.
  • slipping is vulnerable to head kicks.

splitting the jabe - technique of the week

Splitting the jab works well in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, and in the street. One of the most used counter punches in combat sports.

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