Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Side Kick


100 thoughts on “Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Side Kick”

  • Love it but this was actually one of the first kicks I learn from Bruce but some of the other variety of kicks Bruce was able to execute are the ones I've been trying to rediscover.

  • These are GREAT lessens!!!

    I love how you break it down for us, and the length of the video is long enough for you to break it down the best way. It give us enough time to learn a lot.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • i love all your videos on kung fu. But i dont understand one thing. why do u make that 'shuusssh' sound while kicking or punching

  • Do you focus on any physical fitness aspects of Bruce’s legacy, and stretching for higher kicks? Technique and fitness to execute went hand in hand, and Bruce said “If you don’t have a strong core, you have no business fighting”.

  • Love your videos Dan. Dont know much on marshal arts but wing chun. JkD be cool to learn. Though I am out of shape and cant afford to go to classes. Its still cool to watch. Think yours a pretty good teacher.

  • Im my opinion and this is just my opinion and through my expierience using this kick in my street fight days. This is more like a back kick rather than a side kick. Similar to the 80's arcade game double dragon II the revenge.

  • at 7:33 Bruce does not even seem to be standing on his back foot, it looks like he's jumping off his kicking foot into the kick.

  • Thanks dan learn a lot didnt know that the side kick when using for defence was so damaging i always though it was just to stop the dude now i know that even this from of defence is a attack no wonder bruce call it way of intercepting fist

  • Also learn one new knowledge i have always wonder how bruce kick so near yet so much power so the side kick is not a push but a spring you contract then expand wow thanks dan

  • I totally love your videos, although the way it was also performed by Bruce was that the heel pointed to the target first, which allows you to use the glute muscle. I feel that the way demonstrated was leaning a bit more to the Japanese way of performing the side kick. Awesome videos though and thanks for sharing.


    Dan is the only guy (in my opinion) that can emulate each movement almost like Bruce. Its like watching the Dragon drilling in 2018. He (Brice Lee) was my first intructor, who taught me how to kick, just by watching his movies. I was 7 Years old. Thanks Dan for your knowledge and for keeping his legacy alive.

  • Bilal Abdullah says:

    Nice video. My only concern is that your brake or low kick technique in the end is a bit dangerous even if master that technique.

  • David Friedman says:

    Very good sidekick lesson sidekicks seem to be neglected today I have ended altercations with one sidekick. It's good to have in your arsenal

  • Dear Dan, inspiring videos and definitely one of the most powerful sidekicks I've seen. I have a question cause I developed that kind of side kick for myself quite some time, but I'm not sure what is the better technique to combine power and speed. When you show at 4:23 how to contract and extend you body, it seems that your whole body has a little twist at around thirty degrees. The following sequence at around 4:28 it seems that your whole body has not that twist and is more of a natural side kick stance., also at 10:27. I tend to think that for more power and speed the little twist at around 30 degrees is better, cause you extend like a spiral afterwards, but in a lot of cases (what I have seen in different side kick tutorial videos) it comes with the danger of making a back kick and losing body control. What is the better way in your eyes, twisting your body also around 30 or 45 degrees or try not to twist your body and being straight parallel to your partner? Thanks for your advice, Carsten

  • Franky's Gaming says:

    I did it the same way 20 years long till i found the last evolution of Bruce's way of JKD. And i can tell you, it is something kompletly different. The Power, Speed and execution is not from this world, really awesome.

  • tapthatt2012 says:

    so e of the best kid vids on YouTube. Wondering how Bruce Lee may have influenced you in your business dealings.

  • Thanks a lot for the video! Do you have any plan for making a video about how to increase the speed of the kick ( of all types of kicks ) so that it is harder for the opponet to see it coming?

  • TheXternalHunter says:

    Great vids Sifu. I always remember a TKD seminar where the side kick was described as drawing the letter C from resting and flowing up to the target. After trying this it seemed much more powerful than a hinge technique for that type of kick and felt less back force to yourself upon impact.

  • Did this by accident once in a school fight. I got bullied a lot and my only experience in martial arts was 4 weeks taekwondo and lots of my dads bruce lee vhs's. Guy fell back and on his butt very effective. Now that im older i suck at it. Lot more mass moving around got to find my rythum again or we just become bags of dirt. This video helps a lot though the contraction explaination helps with larger bodies if you pull more in like a spring range has to be experimented with. Im not tall btw just not used to being broad.

  • Laserowy Kuba says:

    Hey I want to ask you what is your opinion, which kick is more powerful: this one – a stepping side kick or 360 spinning back kick (with additional step) like Cung Le and Joe Rogan doing?

  • I'm curious about what if a person who is going to be hit know that you are gonna make this kick and then he moved side position in order to avoid your hit and u missed it, are you still control or slip away through own speed especially a speed with a bit far from opponent?

  • I was obsessed with the side-kick as a teen, I ended up running 2 martial arts clubs. The only thing I would add, if I may, in a full power side kick your body should be turned so you see it with one eye…on the kick side of course. Great stuff Dan!

  • The real secret to this kick, once you've mastered the basic mechanics is to land your kick before your other foot lands on the floor. Watch Bruce's footage executing this kick on the heavy bag in his backyard in slow motion. You'll notice his foot lands almost simultaneously, but just milliseconds after the kick hits the target. Easier said than done, but worth mentioning.

  • This is very similar to the joe rogan side kick. Knee up and stomp down with the kick and finish straight. The muay thai guy wasn't doing it right, he had his knee down and was kicking upwards losing a lot power in that kick.

  • Hey Dan.. I'm from India.. And I love jkd..and only art I used to practice.. So can you give me details for any practical books for your videos…

  • Kaspar Schummer says:

    Hello. Do you know Yoseikan budo from the founder Hiroo Mochizuki. IT also martial Art without limitation .and is very quick .IT is the Most interesting martial Art After jeet kune do. But is Hard for me to explain you in englisch. Know i learn from your Videos 🙂

  • I found the taller guys lacking arm movement to really position his center of gravity properly for a better side kick. Oh and your low 45 degree side kick lacks power since the butt muscle and waist isn't used in delivering the kick with power thus must be kept at 90 or closer.

  • Good stuff. Respect. Your very good. But your back leg should not cross the the front of the leg that looks wrong to me. But I do like you and all your videos keep up the good work sifu.

  • TKD is the same, it is a very powerful kick, even without the side step, just let someone come to you and go from toes-heals snap the hip and launch your entire weight forward, I did that to a new shot who tried to spar with me in school saying I had a weak punch, maybe I did then, now he came to TKD class I smiled and he came like a bull in a china shop and straight to his central mass of the chest cracking his sternum like under CPR and never had t o move except twist and drive forward, no side step to increase the power or it would of seriously harmed him and he was a friend.

  • I noticed the big guy wasn't getting as much torque in his kick. It seems like Bruce's landing of the back foot is on the toes but transfers to the heel as the lead foot is extending. The big guy seemed to keep his weight on his toes to spring himself into the kick instead of switching the weight to ground himself in the heel. From that it appeared to absorb the torque more than it was supplying any extra power making him exert more energy and get around 35%+ less effectiveness out of the attack. Am I on point here?

  • I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of Dan Lok ads on FB. Not even sure what he’s advertising as I skim right past them. Now I go to look up some JKD techniques on YouTube and come across Dan Lok’s videos – which are actually quite good! And I teach JKD. Hmm, maybe now I’ll have to check out his FB Ad next time I see it, lol!

  • This helped improve my side kicks in 30 seconds. From my fighting experience I ensure that kicks are more effective than punches


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  • Steven Watson says:

    The coolest billionaire to take the time to share your jkd for free, like Bruce was doing. I try to show family and close friends this, usually have to argue with their egos but its worth it, plus their egos don't have anything to say during sparring haha

  • ISA gaming HD says:

    im such and idiot i thought i was going to learn it like that!but it does take time to practice and i will get better!

  • I’m sorry but don’t agree with that at all,first off all sidekick is way better off side stance as so much quicker less telegraphed,plus that step behind is awful way teaching it as any good kickboxer will spot it and catch you when your off balance its poor technique,and chamber off sidekick to far out to the side not protecting yourself if someone rushes in on you,and reality off Bruce lee long sidekick far away isn’t really going to work against anyone good,so better to shuffle sidekick,

  • Damn I didn't realize he gets All the way Completely up in their shit! This just took my sidekick to whole new level, thanks!

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