thanks for attempts at response so far, I must clarify. When I meant ‘cross jab’, I was referring to a straight right in orthodox stance. So, when he demonstrated footwork with punches, he twisted and brought his heel out for the straight right and then had the foot reposition ahead before retracting. I wonder if this lack of contact with the floor made any sense.
Still not really clear what you are talking about here. Do you mean a jab that is thrown over top of the opponent’s straight right (which would technically be considered a left cross), or do you mean a lead straight right, or do you mean a step through lunge punch?
When he demonstrated throwing a straight right (I had previously called it a cross jab) the hind heel of course came out, it is just that he took the foot off the ground and repostitioned it ahead before retracting the punch. this had me suspicious.
Like he stepped it so he now had a right lead (was in a South paw stance), or like his feet were too wide when he threw the right (he left his right foot “in the bucket”) and he then had to recover his feet to a solid “functional fighting platform/stance”? If it’s the first, then that’s called a “step through lunge punch” and is used pretty effectively by a lot of Karate practitioners and can be a good way of closing a lot of distance very quickly and/or switching leads.
If it’s the later, then it sounds like his footwork/positioning needs work.
So, breathing, in through the mouth with clenched teeth, then hard out the nose?[/quote]
No, in through the nose and out through the mouth (with the teeth together, mouth closed). And again, it all depends on distance and situational factors (if it’s between rounds or at a distance then feel free to breath in through the nose and out through the nose or even out through an open mouth are fine. It’s while you are in range of hitting or getting hit that you need to be careful and breath out through a closed mouth (for the reasons that London cited). [/quote]
As usual, thanks to those that have attempted to help me resolve this. Sento, what i meant by the footwork, and I hope I get this explained corrrectly, in orthodox stance: He shuffles forward with the left foot to throw the jab. Every second step he explained brings one back to the stance. So, his right foot shuffled forward, he throws the straight right (remember, orthodox stance) and his right heel swings outward. But, before retracting the straight right punch, he repositions the right foot forward. I had thought it gospel to keep the right foot planted until the punching motion was completely over.
Anyway, the only reason I started this thread really was because of breathing:
Fightinirish26 was good enough a while back to do me a write up based on his viewings of my older videos and exactly specified to breath HARD out my nose every time, to get in the habit of it. This I took as unbiased truth, and when I heard this coach I am seeing contradict it, I wondered what is up. So, the consensus is breath in the nose and hard out a clenched jaw?