Sunday, September 21, 2008

Jab-Cross-Hook Drill

In this video, we introduce our Boxing Coach, "Mr. T".
As most of us who have done years of Karate know, Karate punching is usually a heavy, rooted, chambered power punch. This is often seen in impressive displays of board and brick breaking. It is however, sorely lacking in mobile, practical hitting skills.
When Mr. T. joined our Dojo of misfit marshalists a decade ago, he brought with him years of Boxing skills (as well as some Kajukenbo).
In short order, our practical hitting skills improved significantly. The Jab is the engine that drives the car. The Cross is pouring on the gas, and the Hook is the car running the poor bastard over.
If you are practicing Karate right now, experiment with these hitting patterns. We start with one side foward, run the pattern- Jab, Jab-cross, jab-cross-hook. Go for one minute, then switch sides and go for another minute. Finish with another minute on the side you started on. You've just fought a three minute round- it's a great conditioning blast. Work your weak side to bring it up to par with your strong side.
What these drills will do for you is to give a more mobile, active hitting posture and skill.
Next Dojo Rat video - The Jab- Hook combo, moving to flank the opponent.


Bob Patterson said...

Very nice. My boxing footwork has degraded over the years. For the most part I throw these boxing strikes from a karate/taekwondo base.

Michele said...

Excellent drill. It demonstrates the importance of hip rotation when striking. I look forward to your next video.

Formosa Neijia said...

Good stuff as always. Has Peter Ralston's boxing stuff had an impact on your boxing training?

Dojo Rat said...

Thanks folks,

As far as Ralston's stuff, I like the emphisis on evasive footwork in boxing, his students demonstrated that same rear-turning rollback in their footwork.
--much better than standing there slugging it out.