After watching a video tape of one my bouts and spending some time going through some threads, I realized my mechanics were off with the jab. Please tell me if this is the recommended way:
1. Weight on back foot. Front foot is for direction and balance. Weight does not get transferred to the front when jabbing. Even when stepping in with the jab, you push from the back foot gliding foreward with the weight still kept back. So is there any weight transfer with the jab?
2. Elbow to the body. I used to have my elbow flare out slighly, and the angle of my forearm in front of me would be at the 1 O'clock instead of vertical at the 12 O'clock position.
3. The emphasis of the jab is a combination of a snap of the elbow, rotation of the left hip and shoulder, and the pull back of the right shoulder. I never though of pulling back the back shoulder.
4. Try to make contact with the left shoulder and the left jaw keeping you chin back not tucked or down on your chest.
5. The use of elastic rope attaching your feet together to build balance and body awareness. This really showed me how I always had my weight favoring the front foot.
6. Resistance bands while jabbing. With the tension, do you attach the band on a post in front of you (more resistance at the guard position, less resistance when the jab is extended to help speed extension), or should the bands be attached behind you where there is more tension when the jab is extended so that when you snap it back the extra pull aids return speed. Or do you simply mix it up and do both?
Thanks in advance for any advice/input. I enjoy this board and the knowledge of the members. If I asked these questions at my gym, the answer would likely include 50% good advice, 20% bad advice, and 30% cursing.