Check out DK YOO’s explanation of the flicker jab:

I definitely recommend checking out some of DK YOO’s other videos. How he moves his body is incredibly impressive.

I also recommend studying Floyd Mayweather for this. He usually keeps his fist at his waist, and then punches just like a whip. The fist starts down low, and then gathers momentum in an upward trajectory and is “flicked” at an opponent. Because of the snapping motion, your fist is automatically in position after being thrown to throw a second or third punch with out much effort. Though you usually see professionals only throwing them one at a time. It’s also difficult to know where it’s coming from because the fist is kept low.

This jab is very useful in creating psychological damage because you can throw a lot very quickly. The punch starts from your shoulder, is thrown from your elbow, and then finished by squeezing your fist at the point of impact while simultaneously completing the full extension of your shoulder. This is very difficult to practice in slow motion, just like how it is very difficult to crack a whip slowly. The punch is meant to be a highly repeatable small explosion with the weight of your elbow and shoulder behind it. It is perfect for double jabbing, or even quadruple jabbing because when you bring your fist back after the initial jab, you don’t bring it all the way back to guard. You only bring it back half-way, because that’s all the distance you need after the initial jab. It isn’t as powerful as a straight or a hook, but the flicker jab can block your opponents’ vision which can set you up nicely for a chopping left or right.



JohnB · September 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Nice technique to use when I quarrel with my buddy! Boxing has so much more technique in it than most people think! Isn’t the punch really slow when you start it from your shoulder? I understand that you block your opponents field of view but how easy is it actually to deliver a punch with that technique?

    Jack · September 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Hey good question JohnB, actually since it starts from the shoulder it can be a pretty quick punch because less muscles need to be used in order for it to work. You don’t need to rotate your hips for this move.

    This technique can be difficult at first to grasp. The mechanics of it are fairly different when compared to most other punches. If you keep practicing though, you will realize how easy it is because of how easy you need to make it. What I mean is, the essence of this punch is using as little effort as possible. The more you practice, the more you will see that.

Arie · September 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

This is definitely something I would be interested in learning. Knowing this move can be useful for defending yourself when you might be in a position where you have no choice.

Although I do not watch MMA that often, I have seen a few of Floyd’s matches and I think watching some more of his matches would be a great source for learning the flicker jab.

My question is, how much have you practiced this move as of late?

    Jack · September 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Haha well I hurt my hand recently, so not at all!

    Of all the punches I throw, the flicker jab is definitely the most fun though. So once I’m healed up, it’ll be one of the first moves I practice.

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