It is with great pleasure to present you with the first technique breakdown in our “Technique of the Month” series.
I will share as much of my martial arts knowledge as I can without straying off topic, as I can go on and on for days about this subject.
This will give some insight into the technical aspect of martial arts to the uninformed, beginner or advanced martial artist.
I am sure that the advanced martial artist will appreciate the technical breakdown of the techniques.
So, let’s begin, shall we.
The first technique we will cover will be the Muay Thai Jab.
There are several types of jabs in boxing, Muay Thai and other forms of martial arts.
For example, in boxing, these can include the “basic jab”, the “step jab”, the “power jab”, the “counter jab” the “up jab” along with several others. These jabs can be used for offense and defense.
In Muay Thai, we focus on a long range jab. This is the technique we will cover today.
Now, the Muay Thai jab, in itself, is a very simple, but effective weapon. The motion itself is literally straightforward. Take a look at the video clip of me demonstrating the jab.
The fist travels in a linear fashion from my temple to a fully extended position and return It to the start position. There are some other subtleties, but that is it really.
The difference between the basic jab and the Muay Thai jab is the slight extension at the shoulder. This extension allows the jab to travel farther than the normal length of my arm.
The Muay Thai jab can be quite deceptive and I often catch people off guard in sparring and it has helped in some of my fights.
In a Pro boxing match, you will often hear the commentator mention that the boxer with the better jab will end up winning the fight. And it is usually true. But, let’s get back on topic
Another reason this jab is utilized by Muay Thai practitioners is that keeps heavy punchers at bay, so to speak.
Let’s say I am fighting a person that throws big punches in “bunches”. I can utilize one or two quick jabs to create distance or snap their head back and throw off their rhythm.
The Muay Thai jab also allows you to keep enough distance between you and your opponent to throw those heavy kicks that are so effective in Muay Thai.
In Muay Thai fights, big kicks mean big points on the scorecards. Plus, no one likes getting kicked. Lol.
That is all I have for now on the Muay Thai Jab. If you are interested in learning more about my programs, please check out my Website.
That’s it for now. Remember to keep fighting for what you believe in.