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Jab punch (kizami zuki)

The jab punch (kizami zuki) is done on the leading side, ie off the front foot. The jab is a fast punch that can be used to gauge distance, distract your opponent and to set your opponent up for further more damaging attacks. The jab punch is often used to set the attacker up for a more powerful following attack such as a reverse punch (Gyaku Zuki).

For example, if you are right handed, you will stand leading with your left leg, so you will jab punch with your left arm and follow up with your reverse punch with your stronger right hand. Boxers will often jab many times before launching the final more powerful reverse punch.

How to perform a jab punch (kizami zuki)

Begin the technique with your left arm at an angle of 45 degrees to your body. Your elbow one fist away from your body and your fist in line with your shoulder. Snap your fist forward at your target beginning the strike from your elbow and not your shoulder. Rotate the forearm and fist while doing this. Make sure there is no shoulder movement prior to launching the punch as this will alert your opponent to your jab punch.

The video clip shows Sensei Terry Lyon (5th Dan) performing Jab punch (Kizami zuki).

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Jab punch (kizami zuki): points to remember

  • Speed is the key to the jab punch. It must be done as quickly as possible, so keep the arm and fist relaxed until impact.
  • Strike with the first two knuckles (Seiken).
  • Multiple jabs can be performed by quickly bringing the arm back and repeating the movement.

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