Tactical Notes – The Jab

those in training wanting to learn how to deal with the Boxer’s Jab (with the elbow down) first need to learn how to move your head. Then learn to move it-slip it sideways-so your opponent’s jab goes over your shoulder–if you are both in left lead his jab should go over your left shoulder while you hit him under the arm in the armpit or short ribs.

If his elbow is out on the jab you’ll need to flank him more and hit him under his elbow or tricep or ribs.

If he is too tall for this then you’ll need to get you head not only to the side but also to the back so you can kick his lower leg with your lead leg…both Tai Chi and Savate have this in their training…Tai Chi prefers not to lean and deflects with the forearms—-except for ChenĀ  Pan-ling’s system where you lean and deflect with the arm! good to err on the side of caution!

The Hsing-I approach using Chang’s Tai -as in my dvd of that name is to parry by slicing down his jab-with “Splitting” from Hsing-I—you do this from a “Southpaw” or mirror position with your lead hand…

do NOT do this if his elbow is out! that required brushing the whole arm inside while you step laterally…

aim for his carotid or eyes as you do this…if he is your height…as you slice down the outside of his arm adjust your front foot to a horse-stance (toe in) and in the same movement hit his temple with the second knuckles of your right hand (the same hand you sliced with)…something the Chinese really seemed to get down in most of their systems is the ability to deflect and hit with the same hand…saving the rear hand to access your weapon-as a policeman or swordsman would do…