The key to becoming good at any activity is learning some set foundation in order to achieve a specific purpose. When it comes to gymnastics, you need to learn basic tumbling and balance. When it comes to martial arts, you need to learn kata (forms) to help you get an idea of how to move in and out of different blocks and attacks. When it comes to kickboxing, having a good standing on basic punching and kicking tactics come to mind. This is why you may need to take a beginner’s courrse in order to get a leg up before you truly start your foray into the sport. Here are some tactics to help you learn your jab and cross in kickboxing.
Positioning Yourself to Jab the Bag
The first thing you want to do is go back into your orthodox position stance. If you’re right handed, stand straight facing your target then open your foot shoulder width apart, right foot back, and keep your arms, elbows, and upper part of your arms close to the rib cage with the thumbs facing towards your face to the chin level. Slowly extend your left arm with the thumbs facing you, and turn your fist where the are facing the ceiling right before you strike the bag. Put your weight into your left foot. You can then alternate as you start to get the technique down so you don’t have a weak side. This will help you really focus on your intended target and make it easier to visiualize your opponent.
Do a Cross on Your Bag
Go back to your orthodox stance position with the hands either at chin level or temple level. The upper arm is close to your rib cage and you’ll rotate your body so that the shoulder, hip, and foot follows through the direction of the punh. First, extnd your arm with the thumbs facing towards you. Then turn your fist before making contact with the bag just like in the jab. Pretty much set the motion for turn, turn, turn and back. Keep this up until you begin feeling more comfortable with motion and your punch develops.
Why is Form So Important in Your Attack?
The best thing to do is to practice it slow motion. If you have a good instructor, he can tell you how to actually turn and pivot your movements in a way that will make your punch a lot more explosive. When your form is off, you’ll either one hurt yourself or you won’t get the most out of your attack. Each punch is different not only in the area it hits (chin for uppercut; jab for nose), but in how your body turns and follows through with the attack. Even when you do things on the bag, you still want to keep the mindset that you’re facing an opponent. You always want to be on guard but not too stiff as to restrict your movements. Setting this foundation early will help you get more effective with your jab and cross not only on the bag but in a real life situation.