Jab

One of the most basic of all techniques, however to perfect it requires a number of key elements. It is simple enough just to punch but to do so with speed and accuracy requires a great deal of practice. Boxers do not simply just throw their fists out and hope it works. Niether do kickboxers. 

To perform the perfect jab a number of elements must be considered. These are: 
* A punch starts at the feet so the legs must be strong.
* As the punch goes forward shift your weight slightly forward over the front leg (do not over balance). 
* As you punch rotate the arm slightly inwards. This twisting motion increase the power of your punch by letting gravity work with you it also fully utilises your reach.
* And finally recover your punch. What goes out at 1 speed must come back 10 times faster to protect from attack All techniques should be practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor. 



Reverse Punch

This technique can be very powerful. Move your weight forward slightly whilst rotating your hips and shoulders at the same time as you reach the peak of this movement release the punch and immediately recover it back to your fighting stance. The reverse punch is easy to identify as you punch with the opposite hand to the leg you have forward. For instance, if you have your left leg forward you will be punching with your right hand. Remember, if you were punching with on the same side as your leading leg then you would jabbing. 

To perform the reverse punch:

* Coordination and focus are the key
* Practice the movement slowly to begin with.
* Use your leading hand to protect your chin.
* As you punch rotate the arm slightly inwards.
* All techniques should be practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor. 


Hook Punch

Starting with your guard up and from a fighting stance, the hook punch is created by a circular motion commencing with the legs. Bend the knees slightly to drop your weight and then rise in a circular motion by turning the front foot and hip inwards slightly. Bring your hand up and over (as though you were punching over your opponents shoulder), with your feet, hips and shoulder all turning in the same direction. Do not over-rotate beyond the width of your shoulders. As with all the punches, immediately recover back to ready position with your guard up, ready for the next move. But like all other punches there are many variations, you may be striking to different levels or angles still using what is essentially a hook punch. 

To perform the hook punch remember:

* Good form.
* Can be practiced from left or right fighting stance.
* Turn your feet and legs in the same direction as your punch in order to maximise travelling weight and coordination.
* Recover your punch back to guard position with your elbows and forearms tucked into your body.
* This technique should be developed at a slow speed, training the body and arm motion before increasing the velocity of the movement.
* All techniques should be practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor.