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Jeet Kune Do: The Principles Of A Complete Fighter !!BETTER!!

"The basic principle of jeet kune do is called the fighting measure. It's the distance between you and your opponent. Unless he has a projectile weapon, to touch you, he will need to take a step forward with his lead leg. That gives you time to react to his attack. All this, of course, makes the fighting measure very important.

Jeet Kune Do: The Principles of a Complete Fighter


"You can learn a bit about this principle by discussing the cleanest, shortest attacks possible in any given situation with your classmates and instructors, but the only real way to understand economy of motion is to spar. This is crucial for all martial artists, not just JKD people, because it can give you an advantage in any fight. The principles of jeet kune do are universal; Bruce just put them down in an organized way. Unfortunately, a lot of that has been lost because these days there's so much focus on technique."

Tim Tackett began training in the martial arts in 1962 when he was stationed in Taipei, Taiwan, while in the U.S. Air Force. When he returned to California several years later, he opened a kung fu school. After seeing Bruce Lee in 1967 at Ed Parker's Long Beach International Karate Championships, Tackett decided to take up jeet kune do. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to begin JKD training until after Lee's Chinatown school had closed. To fill the void, in 1971 he joined the class Dan Inosanto was running in his backyard. Tackett continued to refine his skills with first-generation JKD student Bob Bremer. He was named Black Belt's 2017 Instructor of the Year.

The term jeet kune do was coined and put into use in 1967 by Bruce Lee in an attempt to put a name to his martial expression. Lee wrestled with putting a name to his art as he constantly veered away from any type of crystallization (and thereby limitation) of its essence, however, the simple need to refer to it in some concrete way won out and jeet kune do was born.

Today, MMA fighters do not worry about whether a specific move corresponds to classical disciplines or styles. They use any method they want to express themselves and which they hope will bring them success in the cage. This is also the philosophy behind the martial arts form Jeet kune do, founded by Bruce Lee almost a quarter of a century before the first UFC contest in 1993.

The mechanical fighter is concerned about WHAT he is doing. This is actually a natural stage of learning but it is limited. The beginning martial artist should be completely invested in learning the mechanics of the technique they are being taught. However, they should understand that they do not actually begin Jeet Kune Do training until they after they have learned the technique or motion. This is the rote work of memorization, and you will have a lot of it as you start out learning martial arts, but until you have a grasp of the mechanics, you are not yet ready to practice Jeet Kune Do. Make it your personal goal to learn the mechanical motions of what you are being taught as quickly as possible so that you can begin to learn the WHY, the HOW, and the WHEN of the concepts behind what you are being taught.

In more traditional martial arts, such as Karate, an oncoming punch is forcibly blocked and once the attack has been neutalised, a counter punch is deliver. In contrast, in JKD, an attack is parried or redirected rather than blocked and a counter punch is delivered at the same time. This makes the counter much quicker and gives the opponent less time to react as they are still withdrawing from their original attack when the counter comes. Training in close, medium and long rangesAccording to Bruce, most martial arts focussed on just one or two ranges whereas, in order to be a complete rounded fighter, mastery of all the ranges was required. In JKD, equal attention is given to practising techniques both at distance and at much closer quarters. 041b061a72


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