Ask any fighter what the most important punch is in boxing or MMA and you will get the same answer every time: the jab. The jab breaks down an opponent’s defense, sets up the rear hand punch, keeps one’s opponent distracted and in fitness workouts, is one of the most common punches thrown. From a fighter’s stance the jab starts off with a lead leg step and concurrent push off the rear leg. The jabbing hand fires out in a straight line towards the target. Beginners often lift the elbow of the punching hand up toward the ceiling or “cock” the hand back before shooting it forward: both of which slow the punch down and reduce force. The power for this punch comes from the aggressive push off the rear leg and simultaneous lead leg step. Once thrown, the punch is retracted with the same speed at which it was thrown. Bruce Lee loved the jab technique and commented in his book, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do: “The lead punch should shoot out loosely and easily; do not tighten up or clench your fist until the moment of impact” (Lee, 1975.)...Read the entire article here.