The key to generating this explosive power is being relaxed until the moment of contact of the kick.Your side kick should be as soft as a cotton before striking and hard as a steel when it hits. Remember to strike all the way through the target, rather than merely aiming at it.
The greatest obstacle to developing timing is often the use of applications, even basic kicks and punches are never executed in a real fight exactly the same way they are performed in training. The zones training lets you practice to strike from different positions and different heights, using different parts of you feet, legs and fist.
To be able to kick with speed , power and accuracy, you need to be able to move your body effortlessly and instantaneously through a full range of motion.
Extraordinary degree of flexibility is required.
Therefore daily stretching is crucial to improve your kicks.
- phasic-bent -knee fighting stance ( see JKD on Guard stance posted on October blog )
- Leading straight punch ( see JKD basic punch posted on my October Blog )
- The 5 ways of Attack
- the JKD footwork
- the lead leg and hand attacking combination
- the strong side forward theory
- the intercepting punch or kick theory
- the study and application of kinesthethic perception
- the broken rhythm / half beat training
- the economic tight structure in attack and defense
- the JKD direct application
- the JKD in fighting strategies
- all out full contact sparring
- balance in motion training
- combat flowing
- bridging the gap drills
- simplified trapping and intercepting striking drills
Side Kick -
- shin/knee/tight side kick
- parallel side kick to ribs / stomach /kidney )
- Side kick to the head
- angle in side kick
- leaping side kick
- step back side kick
- step in side kick
- jumping side kick
- bursting side kick
- gliding side kick
- Right simple high hook kick
- Right simple medium hook kick
- Right simple low hook kick
- Step back hook kick
- step in hook kick ( low/ middle / high )
- double leading hook kick
- reverse high hook kick
- gliding hook kick
- Left simple spinning back kick ( high / middle )
- jumping reverse spinning back kick
- step-back spinning back kick
- Spinning reverse hook kick to the head
- Front snap kick to the groin
- Front snap kick to the chin
- Forward thrust kick to the solar plexus
- Right upward thrust
- Right inward thrust
- Reverse left upward thrust
- Reverse inward thrust
- Leading finger jab targeting the eyes
- Leading straight punch ( high /medium)
- Slanting punch ( left / right )
- double punch
- Right hook( High/ medium /tight / loose )
- Upper cut
- Back fist
- corkscrew punch to the rib cage
- Scraping fan downward fan hook
- Rear cross ( high / medium )
- elbow strike
- Rear naked choke
- Guillotine choke
- lean-over stranglehold
- Side stranglehold
- Lying cross arm bar lock
- Reverse wrist lock
Stage 1 ( synchronization of self )
- Correct form
- Flexibility ( for kicking techniques )
- Precision ( augmenting speed progressively )
- Synchronization of the whole technique
- Timing - the ability to strike the opponent when an opportunity was given
- Distance - correct maintenance of space
- Power of the strike
- The physical ability to increase striking reach ( kicking / punching )
- Resistance to fatigue
- Spring and resilience
- Physical and mental alertness
- Imagination and anticipation
- Courage to take chances
- Speed and Strength progression
excerpts from the book Bruce Lee's
Jeet Kune do was founded by Bruce Lee because he felt the martial arts were too confined.
Jeet kune do is the absence of a system of stereotype techniques.
You can't fight in pattern he used to say because an attack can be baffling and not refined.
Jeet kune do was created by Bruce Lee to show us that an old art must transform
Like the day turns into night,and night, to day
The way of fighting must also reform.
Bruce Lee developed Jeet Kune Do but wished he didn't have a name for it!
Because the very words, Jeet Kune Do. already indicate that it's another martial arts form.
Any form or style does restrict and his belief is now in conflict.
It is not enough to avoid a strife.
Although you have a heart of fortitude,
It is no assurance of saving your life.
You May have spent years in training
In the art of fighting you loved so much.
But if you are winded in a sparring,
It proves that your condition is such
You need plenty of workout on the road,
running two,three or more miles a day
Until your body take more load.
Then comes a day you see the light,
You look up the sky and then relay:
"Skill in Performance is all right
But it is not enough to prove your might"
- Bruce Lee ( 1940-1973)
The art of mobility is the essence of fighting
If you are slow on your feet, you"ll be late in
A skilled fighter can shift to evade most blows.
His body is "light as a feather when he fights
He moves likes a stallion galloping with grace
Instead of a kangaroo leaping in high space
- Bruce Lee(JKD,Founder)
This training is helpful for your instinctive reaction during a fight.
Power in hitting does not depend on your strength
But it is the way you throw your blows
It is not whether you are at close or at length
If you're too near use your striking elbows
If you're too far use your kicking feet.
- Bruce Lee ( 1940-1973)
A stance too narrow provides you speed,
but leaves you imbalance which you don't need.
A stance too wide gives you power
but you'll learn you're a bit slower.
There must be a stance that you can use
To keep you in balance and to refine
The perfect stance that will not confuse
Is the on-guard position which does not confine,
You must maneuver with ease of motion
As you are free from any motion.
The Video shown above is a speed punching drill combination.
Speed in fighting depends not just on your hands and feet in swiftness,
But other attributes such as non telegraphic moves and awareness.
Speed in fighting is to hit your foe without yourself being hit.
This can only be done by hours
of practice and being completely fit.
Speed in fighting is no good
without the power that goes with it.
- Bruce Lee ( Jeet kune do, founder )
The Video shown below is a training for the following :
- 3 zones training
- speed training
- striking combination training
Jeet Kune Do not a mass art,only one of 10,000 can handle it. It is silly to think almost anyone can learn it.It is really a smooth rhythmic expression of smashing the guy before he hits you,with any method available - Bruce Lee
Heavy Bag Kicking Drills training video, you can do to improve your conditioning.
In this video you will discover new insights into some old ways. Approach all new ideas with open mind, and the willingness to try new idea once before throwing it out.
As Bruce Lee once quoted " empty your cup before you taste my tea" the same applies here. Release your negative ideas and your past experience. Today marks the beginning of your new quest. Just do it
- Flying kick to the heavy bag
- Bursting side kick to the heavy bag
- Hook kick to the heavy bag
- Begin with the Jeet Kune do on guard position
- Slide the rear leg near to your front leg
- Chamber the knee at 45 degree angle . Pivot the rear leg as well
- Begin the double kick outward and at full peak then immediately recoil the kicking leg
- This action gives you that snap that you need for a powerful side kick
- recoil back to the chambered position and resume your JKD on guard stance
Step in double side kick video ( increase your speed as you progress )
- Begin in a fighting stance. You will execute the kick with your rear foot. To do this,
- leap straight up, turning your body 180 degrees to the right if you kick with your right leg, and 180 degrees to the left if you kick with your left leg. Quickly turn your head to spot your target over your shoulder as you tuck up your kicking leg at a 45-degree angle, bringing your knee as high as you can.
- Execute, hitting with the edge or heel of the foot.
- As you begin to recoil,
- chamber your leg back.
- Settle down again into your fighting stance, kicking leg forward.
The punch travels only at a short distance to the target, as shown in the video below.
Besides being the fastest punch, the straight lead is also the most accurate because it delivered straight forward, at a close distance, and your balance is left intact.
Put some "zip" into your punch by snapping it just before the impact. Keep your hand loose and tighten your fist only an instant before contact. To put explosiveness in the blow, utilize the flowing-energy concept by adding heaviness in your hand.
The straight lead is not an end, but means to an end.It is not a powerful blow that will knock your opponent flat with one punch, but it is the most dominating punch in JKD and is used profusely with other combination punches and kicks.
The leading straight punch will have more sting if your pivot your hips and utilize all the other functions for a heavy blow.
The Leading Straight Punch
( Leading Straight Punch Video )
On Guard Position - Is the most effective JKD stance for attacking and defending yourself. It is important to position your arms, feet and head. From the southpaw stance, the chin and shoulder should meet halfway- the right shoulder raised an inch or two and the chin dropped about the same distance. At this position the muscles and bone structure are in best possible aligment, protecting the point of the chin. The leading hand position could be placed slightly below shoulder height as shown in the photo. The onguard position is perfect for mobility. It allows you to take small steps for speed and controlled balance while bridging the distance of your opponet, and camouflages your timing. Since the leading hand and foot are closest to the target, 80 percent of hitting is done by them.
(1)Begin in a neutral stance and jump up.
(2) Knee bent sharply
(3)Extend the kick, hitting with the in step. At the moment of impact, tense your thigh and buttocks for maximum power
(4) relax and start your recoil, landing with your both legs and return to the fighting stance
( Multiple Kicking drills )
"So What Exactly is Jeet Kune Do?"
Editorial from the Bruce Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Magazine, December 1997.
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Over the years, many people have made claims regarding the proper definition of Bruce Lee's art. Some have defined it as a process of "change;" others have labeled it as simply "modified Wing Chun;" others, with the best of intentions have stated that it is simply an eclectic jumble of various styles and arts that hopefully will, at some unspecified point in the future, gestalt into something meaningful for the individual practitioner.
With the formation of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, however, there no longer exists any need for such contradictory and confusing definitions. There is but one definition for Jun fan Jeet Kune Do and here it is: Jun fan Jeet Kune Do is the complete body of technical (physical and scientific) and philosophical (mental, social, spiritual) knowledge that was studied and taught by Bruce Lee during his lifetime. In other words, Jun fan Jeet Kune Do (with, as its core, the combative principles, physical techniques, training methods, and philosophical ideas synthesized by Bruce Lee during his lifetime) is concerned solely and exclusively with Bruce Lee's personal evolution and process of self-discovery through martial art as indicated and supported by the written record (Bruce Lee's personal papers and library) and oral history (recollections of those who spent time with and/or studied under Bruce Lee). That's it. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do concerns itself with presenting Bruce Lee's ideas and opinions - and not anyone else's interpretation of them - with regard to:
A distinction is made between this body of work (i.e., Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do) and an individual student's own personal process of self-discovery through martial art, in that each student is free to utilize all, some or none of Bruce Lee's teachings to assist him in this respect. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is not about setting up restrictions or "Ways" of doing things. It has no interest in trying to mold or shape you. It accepts you as you are. Much like when a bubbling spring flows out from the mountains, it is simply there for a thirsty traveler should he wish to partake of it.
When a bird sings, it does not sing for the advancement of music, but if somebody stops to listen and is delighted, that is fine. And Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do seeks likewise to be a source of inspiration and delight solely for those who posses an interest in Bruce Lee and the martial viewpoint that he created. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do should be considered the base that Bruce Lee established and not the ultimate goal of the individual who studies it. Individuals may, and if fact are expected to, modify, add and delete until they have transcended the need for any "way" or "system" at all - including Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. But once into this process, what they arrive at should not be called Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.
We should welcome change, but the person changing should claim responsibility for his own innovations. Nor should Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do be called obsolete after a martial artist evokes these changes into a personal interpretation. In holding true to Bruce Lee's philosophy of personal liberation, it works on the principle of a physician rather than a patent. A physician is always trying to get rid of his patients and send them away healthy enough to stand on their own two feet. Bruce Lee's ultimate objective as a teacher was to get rid of his students so that they wouldn't need him or any other teacher. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do can be viewed as a guide to reach the highest peak of personal liberation through the study of martial arts.
You, the individual become, through this process of self-discovery, your own best teacher. What we really need to know about ourselves and how we perform throughout our daily life should not end when graduating from school. Throughout our JFJKD journey, the martial arts trials and tribulations we experience result in a never-ending gain in self-knowledge and growth. While it is true that Bruce Lee was constantly searching for a better way ("To utilize all ways be bound by none"), we must, for historical and philosophical reasons, use the term Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do only for the art that Bruce Lee taught. While it is true that he would have continued to grow and explore, we cannot know with infallible certainty what direction this exploration would have taken.
Our objective with Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is simply to remove some of the misconceptions that have arisen over the years concerning what Bruce Lee and his art were about, and to show the world a better picture of what is preserved in his legacy. For the sake of the future of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, we must also emphasize that when instructors claim to teach Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, they will only teach from the body of knowledge attributed to Bruce Lee. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is concerned solely with Bruce Lee's body of work - as he taught it - and with the preservation and perpetuation of this body of work.
The forward burst is the quickest JKD movement.It is also one of the hardest to learn because it depends on good coordination, and your balance can be thrown off easily. It is utilized to penetrate deeply to attack with a side kick
For information : The Bag weights 310 Ibs
Check the video below for the for spinning kick demonstration
Step in side Kick
On Guard Position - Is the most effective JKD stance for attacking and defending yourself.
It is important to position your arms, feet and head. From the southpaw stance, the chin and shoulder should meet halfway- the right shoulder raised an inch or two and the chin dropped about the same distance. At this position the muscles and bone structure are in best possible aligment, protecting the point of the chin. The leading hand position could be placed slightly below shoulder height as shown in the photo.
The onguard position is perfect for mobility. It allows you to take small steps for speed and controlled balance while bridging the distance of your opponet, and camouflages your timing. Since the leading hand and foot are closest to the target, 80 percent of hitting is done by them.
Flying Side Kick
From the on guard or fighting stance take two steps forward for your approach ( or you may also take as many steps as you like before the kick ).
on your second step, plant your take off leg with a slight inverted step.
Lift your legs up together then execute the side kick. Recoil your leg back to chambered position and land softly on the fighting stance.
Note : Make sure your head is forward for balance on the landing. Keep your eyes on the target during the entire techniques focused. It is difficult to kick in the air, but setting up targets during practice will help you develop a better kick.
(Video shown above : fluid speed of JKD practitioner )Jeet Kune Do like many art is an expression of a human being.
To be a successful fighter you must be able to possess the following qualities :
1. Fluid Speed - you should have flexibility and quict reaction time.
2. When executing a technique or an attack , you must possess confidence at
3. Strike with precise speed as soon as there is an opening in your opponent.
4. Puzzle your opponent - make him guessing and he won't be able to defend himself.
never do the same kind of attack twice.
Whenever the opponent gets set to hit, move.
The Jeet Kune Do Hook Kick - this is one of the most basic kick in Jeet Kune Do
To do the Hook Kick-
Lift your lead knee until your tight is horizontal.
your leg below the knee should be hung loosely pointing to the floor at about 45 degrees
Your weight should be completely on the rear foot with knee slightly bent
Then pivot on the ball of your rear foot,which automatically induces your hip to rotate.
Finally snap your foot from the knee which straightens the supporting leg.
The hook kick is performed with one motion from the time your foot leaves the floor
The hook is difficult to learn than the JKD side kick because it is harder to deliver, and it tends to throw you off balance in the process, especially on high kicks.
The hook kick is focused generally on the upper line - from waist to the head. It is especially effective when directed to the ribs of your opponent, just below his arm. The leg is stronger than the arm so even a fast kick like the hook kick can disable your opponent with just one blow.
( Video of executing a JKD hook kick for your reference )
"Try not to become a man of success but a man of value"-Albert Einstein