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How to Throw a Jab

One of the most important aspects of Muay Thai is the jab. The jab involves striking an opponent with your lead hand in quick, short movements. This allows you to defend yourself while also applying pressure on your opponent or setting up more powerful attacks.

The jab can be used in many different ways during a fight. It can be used to set up other combos or kicks, close distance between fighters, distract your opponent’s attention, and much more. In order to master this technique and become a successful fighter in Muay Thai, it is important to practice your jab technique regularly and work on adapting different styles to suit your needs.

How To Throw A Jab?

Take up your regular Muay Thai stance, which means shoulder width apart and slightly bend your knees. Your non dominant foot is your lead foot. A jab is thrown by throwing a punch with your lead hand. Your other hand is used for throwing the cross. Be sure to be quick and precise, and always bring your lead hand back to your chin as fast as possible.

There’s a lot that goes into throwing a perfect jab.

Proper Technique

First, you need to have proper technique. This means keeping your elbow close to your body and snapping your fist out quickly and accurately. The jab is the perfect tool for closing the distance between you and your opponent. As you are throwing the jab, make sure that you are also moving your whole body in the direction of the jab. This will give your jab more power, but it will also serve as a gap closer.

Speed & Timing

Second, you need to have good speed and timing. You need to be able to get your jab out there quickly enough to catch your opponent off guard, but not so fast that you lose balance. A quick jab can score you many points in a Muay Thai fight, it is also an attack that is difficult to counter since your defense is up almost entirely. Be sure to rotate your shoulder slightly as you throw the jab, since the shoulder is a measure of defense on it own.


Third, you need to have good power behind your jab. A weak jab is not going to do much damage, no matter how well you time it or how perfect your technique is.  A week jab might net you some extra points with the judges, but do not underestimate the power of the jab. There are numerous examples of fighters winning fights by mastering the jab. It is the most bacis tool in your Muay Thai arsenal, but it might also be one of the best.

Finally, you need to be able to read your opponent and know when the best time to throw your jab is. A precise jab can interupt your opponents next move. A well placed jab can also interupt your opponents combo.


Overall, the jab is an important part of Muay Thai as it can help you achieve many different goals in a fight. Whether you are looking to defend yourself, apply pressure on your opponent, or score points, mastering the jab will be key to success in the ring.

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