Tips for a faster jab and front push kick
So I was talking to one of my instructors last week, and he was telling me how my jab was far too slow. He told me to relax because I was tensed up for too much of the time, so I've been trying to relax while doing my combinations (it has helped a bit). I was wondering if you guys had any other helpful tips that might help me increase the speed of my jab. At the moment, even though I feel like it's moving a bit faster, I feel like I'm losing a bit of the range or technique, and repeated jabs make me feel like I'm using too much of my arm but not enough of my body. However, as I work in my body, my jabs grow slow again.
Second, I was working the pads with another instructor of mine and we both noted that I have this annoying habit where I'll do a little hop forward before I do a front push kick with my right leg (I'm a southpaw). I also feel like it's not fast enough/strong enough either.
All I've been trying to do with my front push kick is to A) work it into my shadowboxing to make it feel more natural (it feels kind of weird atm) and B) I try to have one session where I work exclusively on my front push kick to try and work the kinks out.
Do you guys have any suggestions for my front push kick? I know practice is important, so I've already been doing that, but I was wondering if there was anything else I could do.
Thanks in advance and sorry for the long read!
Summary: I need to make my jab faster and I need general help with my front push kick.