Bruce Lee JKD Footwork Drills Part 1


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    I love this series so much it has helped me out alot i love jkd i learn Wing chun at the moment but maybe in the future i will learn jkd but this show is brilliant thank you so much

  • Hanma Yujiro chijo saikyo no seibutsu aka ogre says:

    that was a good training footwork drill because to me it very important to get a opponent react and contract

  • Sir thanks for the video , I have a Q . Do I have to lift weights ? I'm just getting started with this new mma gym & they all doing the weight lifting stuff after training . I don't know why but my heart says there are some other good things to do (training your videos) . so straight Q / what JKD is saying about weight lifting? even if you make a video on this , hundreds of questions is going to be answered . Thanks alot

  • This footwork is also used in koi kan karate. Very useful in a real fight. Amazing to see in jkd too! Step slide forward, back,left, right, and on the 45s.

  • rafael alejandro bravo cadena says:

    Sir I love your videos about Wing Chun and Business as well I got a question Dan Lok when you first did your "million dollar year" as you call it. Were you a professional already or an apprentice. Thanks Dan the Man

  • Superb as always! You guys are the best! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I Dream of training with you in Vancouver!

  • Francis Maxino says:

    Started drills on the JKD footwork when I was 18 working from Bruce Lee's Fighting Arts books and it felt strange at first compared to my usual bounce on the spot L shaped TKD sparring stance and other ways of movement. When you incorporate the forward burst, sidestepping etc. into techniques, kicking and punching can be launched more naturally and with more power than classical karate or TKD where with things like side kicks you step behind and cross your legs (which I never do anymore). Having had the advantage of several years fencing in high school gave me an advantage in moving like this and it is also close to good boxers but slightly less pigeon toed. You can glide around but also have a strong base and lots of maneouvrability and always be covered. The most important aspect of the moving forwards part of JKD is the lead foot going first and then the rear foot immediately sliding to compensate, there is a moment just before you put weight on the front foot or it touches the ground where you can direct it into incredibly fast hook kicks or front kicks or even side kicks with the leading leg, it is just that tiny split second as the rear foot comes forward where there is a momentum you can throw into the technique. If you find a heavy target to strike it is the best way to work on it because you can know if you've got it right with power. It is hard to describe but it is like the weight of your body's gravity downwards is now suddenly transfered up and out and your rear foot plants and leg pushes quickly just b4 your foot strikes the target. I really think the principles of the footwork in JKD; shuffle, burst etc. are the reason Bruce could kick so fast and powerfully with his leading leg and arm.

  • Devi Shammuramat says:

    Finally got round to hitting something solid, with using footwork of back heel raised (3 min rounds):

    5 x rack speedball
    5 x floor-to-ceiling speedball
    5 x on mattress up against a wall
    5 x kicks on mattress

    Going onto dummy drills, for next few sessions: but think I have done enough today to be able to comment.

    With the rack speedball [way over head height]; found I had a lot more power & stamina: even tho Not done it for some time. Especially that same side as the back leg (which, with previous footwork of back heel flat on floor: would tire a lot quicker).

    Floor-to-ceiling ball is only about chest height, but found back heel raised to have lot more power ! Also stamina.

    My mattress rounds were:

    1. Close-up low punches (about stomach height). Found here that SWITCHING between back heel raised, and flat on floor [with stance lower]; whenever getting tired: helped me to keep going.
    2. Punching at chest height. Back heel raised worked better.
    3. Punching higher than head [probably first time I've done this on mattress, as way too tiring with old footwork]. Back heel raised, with keeping head down worked best. Also some torque when punching with that same side.
    4. High vertical elbows, (elbow in front of eye, with hand touching head): alternate stepping right / left. Found here that back heel slightly raised: wants to raise more on contact, in order to fully commit.
    5. Low vertical elbows (hand touching shoulder): as with the high elbows.

    The kicks, I am Not experienced enough with this footwork to talk on those. But had been using that during in-the-air training to get higher kick [since, needing to go a bit higher with taller opponent].

  • Hello Sifu Dan Lok and Sigong Octavio Quintero. I really like how you directed the pace of steps with numbers. I felt it to be more of a challenge for my body and mind but in a good way. I'm new to JKD and want to be perfect with my footwork but there are no classes where I live to advance my knowledge and accuracy. I was wondering if you're able to make a video of claps and/or numbers, back, forth, right, left, etc for a daily drill to follow. I understand how a video can take important time out of your day but I can guarantee that you will have viewers because I will take the time out of my day to watch and follow it.

  • Jkd is supposed to be style-less these jkd sifu all have the same wing chun upper body stance and fencing step slide lower body stance

  • My understanding is that in JKD stance, your legs are actually pre-emptively loaded, like a spring. When you raise your front foot, the rear foot automatically springs you forward. It uses the natural elastic power from your achilles/quadriceps tendon to give you that quick explosive power with minimal effort. Its too slow to just "step" forward, because you have to wait for your weight to shift.

  • Birth of a dragon was a strange movie felt like Bruce was an anime character like rock lee. Also what kind of monk wears a western suit? Very good explaination in the video. For footwork i used thin rope to connect my hands to my feet like a puppet. Yes it is limiting but just to get into habit of using legs when i punch. I'm sure i look silly do at your own cringe tolerance. Could be worse ball room dancing could help with footwork.

  • Steven Reynolds says:

    i have to give it to you Dan and the crew, i have been pr acting the foot work and have watched most videos on JKD and I'm hooked.I'm 6' 1 3/16at 178(last 8 pounds of water wait) and feel great.I have conditioned in the past so that is natural to me.What isn't since i boxed is the unorthodox foot style. I took karate and some Muy Thai and they don't compare to the balance of speed and power.I have been practicing for 4 months and already see what i have been missing. I already adjusted my style and became a better fighter.I would love to see advanced videos on footwork for the advancement of everyone.Still getting the basics down but advancing quick

  • @Dan Lok, I watch your videos regarding on JKD.. im just a beginner and i just want to know where i can start watching step by step.. hope you help. Thanks

  • Bruce incorporated fencing type side stance and front hand lead after his brother (who practiced fencing) “slapped the shit” out of him. It’s outdated now since BJJ takedowns are more difficult to avoid from the bai Jong

  • Enjoyed the video. Step and slide was the intial/basic footwork that I was taught by boxing instructors. The basics are essential. I would love to see you cover the more explosive, distance covering, fencing inspired, foot work of JKD as well. Maybe a intermediate and then advance footwork sequel to this video.

  • TheMostHighReignsForever says:

    RIP Ted Wong I first learned proper JKD footwork from him and later after seeing Chris Kent demonstrate it in his DVD

  • Could you please explain why would you keep your feet in a L shape way as per the instructor at 8:40 ?

    Or if possible make a video on it ?

    The curiosity is killing me and I have seen Bruce Lee in this stance a lot of time but don't know what's the use of it. 🙂

  • I experimented with the stance and I found out that if you want to move really fast you should smack your lead foot on the ground when you move, I've tried it and it works well

  • I like how you guys brought Jack into the mix.
    We can tell he is learning and that should make others more comfortable knowing/seeing others mistakes that they themselves are making.
    Another good video.
    Where were you guys when I was studying JKD years ago from Bruces books, lol.
    I cant tell you how many times I watched his movies to study what he was doing while reading the books.
    Peace & Love guys.

  • Sure i like this. I was practicing Tkd and Boxing many years and eventually stick to Sanshou. Being right-handed, it'll take me some time to switch side like a southpaw. As for this 'fencing' JKD footwork i feel ok , >Ok or not i remember Bruce Lee said "adopt what's useful,discard what's not" and "choose the style that suits you, NOT you to suit the style". Anyway, please continue to share your knowledge, i certainly appreciate this. (There's no limit to learning and this makes martial arts interesting. I'm 54 now and surely cant spar the way i did when young, i'm trying to evolve and find a way that best suit my age now)

  • Jonathan Clemens says:

    So my natural fighting stance happens to be similar to the jkd stance minus my non dominate foot is forward and on the ball of my foot. I'm wondering why the front foot is flat though. I played football for most of my life and found if both feet are on the ball you're way more explosive

  • Jonathan Clemens says:

    I forgot to add it's easier for explosive movement and pivoting too. But this is just what I've found and maybe it's just what works for me. You're the expert, I'm just curious I'm

  • Ernesto Vaffan-Kulo 93 says:

    I think that Bruce Lee let us an ''eastern egg'' about footwork in The Way of the Dragon. In the first part of the fight he moves just in and out, forward, backward, but Norris's character catches him most of the time and he is losing. Then there is that short break and he starts to move circling around Norris, and that makes the distance management better, and the attacks impredictable, so he finally wins with that major adjustment. But those moves seem really familiar … why is that ? Bc Bruce Lee incorporated lots of movement from boxing, and he is basically moving like Muhammed Ali in that second part of the fight. To me the fight of The Way of the Dragon is an Homage to Ali's boxing style. Ali had one of the best jab and of the best footwork ever seen in combat sports, with the True Boxer Stance and his ballet dancer moves

  • Ernesto Vaffan-Kulo 93 says:

    Great Vidéo I loved it.
    Basically you are describing the ''True Boxer Stance'' with the strong hand leading instead of the weak one. I like it. It's very logical and very practical. Marvin Cook has the best videos about footwork so far with his TBS.
    It's something you can use in almost all combat sports. Last week Nate Diaz performed an awesome demonstration of this stance in MMA. His feet and body were moving perfectly and fast. He let no chance to his opponent

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