My questioning is about footwork relating to the jab-cross combo. When starting this combo, I start with a push off the rear foot as I jab. As the jab is returning and the cross is starting, my rear (right) foot is sliding forward to cover the distance I pushed forward when I started the combo. Is this correct? Since it seems like it's difficult to get 100% power/leverage on the cross since the rear foot is sliding and its not set. Can anybody break down coordinating the feet with the 1-2?? Thanks again guys.
the right cross should hit the floor and pivot sharply exact same time punch lands, try lifting the rear foot very very slightly off the floor and in towards target ( rather than sliding) and slam and screw the ball of the foot into the floor at moment of impact.
A good routine to understand the Biomechanics of the movement, is shadow Box. Double up the Jab, moving the Backfoot each time the Jab is thrown, and it landing just before the Jab. Also doing the movement going back in reverse. When the 2nd Jab is thrown leave it there, and feel your balance. Heres a good routine.
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My own view, for what it's worth, is that the jab is combined with the move forward. Remember that the move forward need only be 2 to 3 inches to move from 'the edge of range' to 'long range'. The straight right hand needs to be thrown on completion of the jab/move forward as the rear foot must provide the drive that rotates the hips/upper body in order to deliver the power. This means that the back foot (right) must be planted to the floor when the shot goes (as you correctly summised.) The jab opens up the target, the right hand delivers the power. Evander Holyfield was a master of the basic one-two as he needed to outpunch guys with a longer reach before he could get up close and do damage with short hooks and uppercuts.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Fran@myboxingcoach; 09-29-2010 at 02:38 PM.
It seems in regards to the back foot, the rear foot advances and plants as the lead arm in returning just prior to the back hand firing. So it would be: push off the rear foot, front foot advances as lead jab is extended, lead jab returns to guard as rear foot in moved/slid forward with the initial push, rear hand is extended to complete the combo as the rear foot stops and plants. For some reason I always wanted to move the rear hand and foot in unison, but power and balance was off.
I think I now understand the mechanics a little better with the hands/feet coordination.
You are correct. The back foot is sliding up as the jab is returning. The trick to being faster is to take a smaller front foot step so the back foot doesn't have to move much to put the back hand into range. Another thing you can do is to wait for the opponent to come to you and you can fire that 1-2 from there without having to move your feet.