Jeet Kune Do three stages of a technique

Jeet Kune Do - weapons arsenal - Footwork in Fighting

Jeet Kune Do - Step Back Side kick

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.

Jeet Kune Do Techniques and Drills

Jeet Kune Do - Step in High side kick

In Effective kicking, never try to generate force with only your legs. You must use your hips in every kick. Power comes from the twisting motion of your hips and the pivoting of the balancing leg. Your body should move like a whip. The power should explode into the target

Jeet Kune Do - Step Back Step In Striking combinations

Jeet Kune Do Speed Kicking Drills

Achieving optimal speed is the hardest part of learning how to kick . Many Practitioners slow themselves down by using rear leg kicking techniques in training. In a real fight, however by the time you lift your rear leg,twist your body into position and pivot your foot, chances are you have already lost the opportunity to kick. Rear leg kicking should never be used in a fight.

Jeet Kune Do Zones striking Training 2

Jeet Kune Do Zones Striking Training

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.

Jeet Kune Do Speed Kicking Training

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.

Jeet Kune Do Techniques and Drills

The following are the Jeet Kune Do Techniques and drills :
  1. phasic-bent -knee fighting stance ( see JKD on Guard stance posted on October blog )
  2. Leading straight punch ( see JKD basic punch posted on my October Blog )
  3. The 5 ways of Attack
  4. the JKD footwork
  5. the lead leg and hand attacking combination
  6. the strong side forward theory
  7. the intercepting punch or kick theory
  8. the study and application of kinesthethic perception
  9. the broken rhythm / half beat training
  10. the economic tight structure in attack and defense
  11. the JKD direct application
  12. the JKD in fighting strategies
  13. all out full contact sparring
  14. balance in motion training
  15. combat flowing
  16. bridging the gap drills
  17. simplified trapping and intercepting striking drills

Jeet Kune Do - weapons arsenal

Jeet Kune Do kicks

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
Hook 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
Spinning back 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 Kick
  • Front snap kick to the groin
  • Front snap kick to the chin
  • Forward thrust kick to the solar plexus
Knee Strike
  • Right upward thrust
  • Right inward thrust
  • Reverse left upward thrust
  • Reverse inward thrust
Jeet Kune Do Hand Techniques

Hand Techniques
  • 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
Note : You must be able to apply the most effective weapon instinctively to the most vulnerable point of your enemy. Target areas - The body is the easiest target to hit due to large surface area. However the groin is the best target and is definitely harder to block and is less mobile.

Jeet Kune Do three stages of a technique

There are 3 stages of a technique every practitioner must keep in mind

Stage 1 ( synchronization of self )

  1. Correct form
  2. Flexibility ( for kicking techniques )
  3. Precision ( augmenting speed progressively )
  4. Synchronization of the whole technique
Stage 2 ( synchronization with opponent )

  1. Timing - the ability to strike the opponent when an opportunity was given
  2. Distance - correct maintenance of space
  3. Power of the strike
Stage 3 ( application under fighting conditions )

  1. Mobility
  2. The physical ability to increase striking reach ( kicking / punching )
  3. Resistance to fatigue
  4. Spring and resilience
  5. Physical and mental alertness
  6. Imagination and anticipation
  7. Courage to take chances
  8. Speed and Strength progression

Jeet Kune Do FAQs

Jeet Kune Do
excerpts from the book Bruce Lee's
Fighting Method

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.

Jeet Kune Do Zones and Speed Training

Although you have the right attitude,
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)

Jeet Kune Do - Speed Training ( Punch / Kick Combinations )

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
all foes.
He moves likes a stallion galloping with grace
Instead of a kangaroo leaping in high space
- Bruce Lee(JKD,Founder)

JKD Suspended Kicking Drills

Suspended kicking drills training will improve your speed, form, power,flexibility and side muscles.
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)

Jeet Kune Do Side Kick combined with Spinning Kick

A Perfect Stance - by Bruce Lee
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.

Jeet Kune Do Speed Punching - Appetite for Striking

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 )

Jeet Kune Do - Appetite for striking

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

The Video shown below is a training for the following :

  1. 3 zones training
  2. speed training
  3. striking combination training
This training will help you improve your coordination, reflex, and reaction

Jeet Kune Do Kicking Drill - 2 zones

The video shown Above is a basic zone training drill.

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

Jeet Kune Do Heavy Bag Training - Kicking Drills

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
  1. Flying kick to the heavy bag
  2. Bursting side kick to the heavy bag
  3. Hook kick to the heavy bag

Jeet Kune Do Step in Side Kick

  1. Begin with the Jeet Kune do on guard position
  2. Slide the rear leg near to your front leg
  3. Chamber the knee at 45 degree angle . Pivot the rear leg as well
  4. Begin the double kick outward and at full peak then immediately recoil the kicking leg
  5. This action gives you that snap that you need for a powerful side kick
  6. recoil back to the chambered position and resume your JKD on guard stance
( see videos below for your reference )

Step in double side kick video ( increase your speed as you progress )

Jumping Spinning Kick

  1. Begin in a fighting stance. You will execute the kick with your rear foot. To do this,
  2. 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.
  3. Execute, hitting with the edge or heel of the foot.
  4. As you begin to recoil,
  5. chamber your leg back.
  6. Settle down again into your fighting stance, kicking leg forward.

JKD Leading Straight Punch

The leading straight is the backbone punch of Jeet Kune Do. It is the main offensive weapon, but also a defensive tool to stop and intercept a complex attack.
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.

Note :
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 )