Background[ edit ] Lee believed that kata forms and martial art tournament matches alike like Karate were simply "organised despair". His system was new, and included all possible forms of strikes: attacks to the groin, finger jab to the eye as well as biting. Through his studies Lee came to believe that other styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day "dry land swimming".
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The other main reason is health, and while the drills in this book promote health through exercise, it is an added benefit. That said, this piece deals with jeet kune do techniques for defense training using boxing gloves in a controlled environment.
If you are a student new to martial arts, you should work on the various drills and jeet kune do techniques in this piece before going on to the aforementioned sparring chapter in the book or doing any sparring in practice. The drills need to feel safe and comfortable, and the trainer should be careful when feeding any technique that can make physical contact. He should start slowly and then build up to full speed once the student shows that he can handle it.
The great thing about this kind of training is that it benefits both partners. While one partner practices defense, the other can practice offense. Jeet Kune Do Training Tips To really make your jeet kune do techniques efficient, you must work against an opponent who is really trying to hit you. Because this type of training can result in injury, you must start slow and easy.
You also should be sure that you trust your training partner and that you work on helping each other. To do this, you will need to set your ego aside and realize that no matter how good you are, everyone gets hit at some point when they spar.
To make a student feel comfortable with full-contact jeet kune do training, start him out learning safety boxing drills. This type of training includes blocking, learning to roll with a punch and other passive moves.
While passive moves should be avoided in self-defense situations, they are sometimes unavoidable. Otherwise, the defining characteristic of passive moves is that they give an opponent time to launch a second attack; if you block and hit, your opponent has the space needed to attack. From there, drill with straight lead punches, followed by straight rear punches, and then add hooks and other boxing punches.
Always begin these drills from the fighting measure to give the student enough time to react. While the matching-hands drills are all shown right lead against right lead, some time should be spent on left leads against left leads. The same is true when working on unmatched or left-to-right leads. In regards to kicking, once the student has learned basic kicks with some speed and accuracy, you can start drilling defense. Like with hand tools, the trainer will hit with a punch or kick, and the student will react with the proper defense.
After the student learns the basic defense from a stationary position, the trainer will use footwork to move and attack. Remember that you are only limited by your own imagination! Jeet Kune Do Training: The Catch Sometimes you may be unable to intercept a straight punch on time and are unable to use distance or angling to move off the line of attack. If this happens, you will be glad you spent a lot of time drilling the catch. To catch, the student puts the palm of a boxing glove in front of his chin facing outward.
He should not reach out for it with his glove but rather catch it with a slight pop forward. The trainer needs to make sure not to punch too fast or too hard. He can later pick up speed as the student improves. Once the student has worked against front-hand attacks like the straight lead, the trainer can start throwing straight rear punches. Then practice against the straight rear punch, which is harder to defend against in a boxing format because your weak hand is forward.
In any format, the straight rear punch will also be more telegraphic. Air Force sent him and his family to Taipei, Taiwan. Later opening a kung fu school in California, Tim Tackett found he was one of the few non-Chinese kung fu teachers in America. To fill the void, Dan Inosanto ran classes from the gym in his backyard. When Tim Tackett joined the backyard class in , there were only about 10 students in the class.
Today, Tim Tackett is considered one of the leading authorities on jeet kune do.
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