The Jab vs the Cross

I have noticed that many of our students, especially our fitness kickboxing and our kid's classes have difficulty decerning between the jab and the cross.

Both punches come from boxing and are used in many martial arts such as Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing.


The Jab is thrown from the lead fist is thrown straight ahead and the arm is fully extended. At the moment of impact, the pronated fist is generally held in a horizontal orientation with the palm facing the ground. Though there are many types of jabs, (basic jab, step jab, power jab, flicker jab, double jab). the Jab is mainly used to measure distance between you and your opponent, to set up your power shots, and keep your opponent off of you.


The cross, which is more commonly known as the straight, is a punch thrown with your rear hand directly at your opponent in a straight line. 1. To throw a proper cross push from the back foot which generates the power to rotate the hips. As you rotate bend the lead leg (left). This enables the hips to rotate as required. The rotation helps you ‘throw your punch quickly and with your full body weight behind it. At the end of your strike rotate the hand inwards so that the palm is facing down clench the fist and snap it





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