Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Trapping Techniques – Pak Sao Drill

Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Trapping Techniques – Pak Sao Drill

– (breathing loudly in succession) Ji kune do trapping
technique, pak sao part two. So in the last video I show you how to do the basic pak sao, which is good. Now today I’m gonna show you a drill that you can practice with a weight partner. So again, on Jason, and
Shin joining me today. (soft drum beat) – Now, in this video, let me
show you the three different types of pak sao, first of all. What this is, again, I
talk about, last time, is training your sensitivity,
forearm to forearm. So when you feel something is going on, you can, you can do something about it. Now, three types of pak sao. This is training our basic mechanic, and Jason does it, Jason does it, right? We’re training basic mechanic. Right? Basic, basic mechanic. Nice, once you’ve
practiced a lot of times, let me show you the variations. Now, Jason does a pak sao, go ahead. That’s also a pak sao. No, slowly. – Okay. – See before, how we have this movement? – Mm-hmm. – Now instead of a slap, it’s a punch. So Jason does a pak sao. – Mmm. – So look at the beat. This is one beat. Try again. This is half a beat. Slowly. So this is, pap, one beat. This is, is, trap, ha, half a beat. So if he traps, (breaths) right there. That’s half a beat. When the punch comes,
depends on this is very early this is little bit late, this is very late, just understand. Very early, little bit late, very late. Now, if it’s very early,
if it comes slowly, I could know I could trap, right? So we, again, I could read, I could trap. But if it’s somewhere here, it makes little bit less
sense to trap like this. So it’s much faster if I just shoot. So go ahead, punch. See that? – Mmm. So that’s somewhere in the middle. Now if it’s very late, it’s
kinda dumb to put my hand all the way up here and try
to trap and do it like this. Some wing chung guys will tell me, “Oh yeah, I could do that on a glove,” and try to hit them a couple times, you see, it’s too late, from here to here. So it’s much faster if he punch. I want you to punch, punch. – Okay. – This is also, but it’s going under. So we have over, right, and then cut in, middle, or it’s under. Now here, big, big point. You don’t do it like
that and try to do this. Sometime you see in JKD
video there’s always a punch, they do stuff like that. It looks good. What the problem? Jason you try. So you bob your head that
way and slap my hand. And then go in here. What happens? Stay, stay there. This, this has no power because
his structure is off, right? Now Jason does it again but stay straight. Yeah, come in, just straight. No, don’t lean in just straight. Yeah. – Okay. – Now try to push in. See that? That’s what I’m talking about. Now bend. Bend to the side, bend to the side. See that? That’s what I’m talking about. So when we go in, I’m
not going in like this. See how this is off? Push me. Right? I’m going in, he punch, straight. This, right? From here, right? From here, from here. So pak sao now. Before, right there, right there. So now I’m gonna show you a drill, a pak sao drill that you can
do with a training partner. And Shin is gonna join me. So it’s gonna be like this. Jason’s gonna throw me just
a straight blast like that. So he’s gonna do like that but slowly. Again, don’t worry about speed. This is a sensitivity drill,
it’s not a speed drill. So do it slow, and he’s gonna kinda try to touch my chest, right? Yeah, straight blast. And then what I do is I will do pak sao, pak sao, pak sao,
pak sao, pak sao, pak sao, pak sao, pak sao, pak sao,
pak sao, pak sao, pak sao. See that? – Mmm. – Now try that. Now, slow, slow, slow
slow, too fast, slow, slow. Now, see how Shin is pushing down? – Mm-hmm. – Bad habit, remember, right? – Just? – No, straight. Yes. Yes. Good. Now, you have to listen
to the rhythm, alright? Hit, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, then I do it. Whenever I do it, it doesn’t matter. It’s just, it’s a drill. So Jason, as a partner
just feeds the punch. So I might go in the third punch, right? So how this blocks? – Hmm
– Right? Again, I might go in, first punch. – Mm. – Right, I might go
in, go ahead, hit, hit. You gotta hit, as a partner you gotta hit. – Okay. – So I might go in the second punch. See even this, it’s okay. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but I’m training myself the distance. Now if I’m pushing down, hit. No good. – Mm. – Hit again. Side, no good. So as a partner you
gotta tell your partner, “Hey, I’m not feeling,
your energy’s not right.” – Mm.
– It’s not center. So try that. Yes. – That was better, that last part. – Try again. One, two, one two, yes, good. So that’s a drill, that’s a drill. Back and forth, back and forth. Jason, you try a couple. No, go in. – Okay.
– Yeah. – Ready?
– Go ahead. See what happens is the
drill tells you the truth. All the bad habits just shows up. Looks beautiful when you’re like this. Suddenly you’re throw some, some different variety of movement, you’re like, “Oh, okay,” and there’s some timing. And so later on, in the future, you would practice same rhythm, different rhythm, different distance, and
that’s how you train it. So it’s now just always touch. We start with this, we
practice thousands of times, get the mechanic right, and
then you can drill that. So that’s the pak sao drill. Hope you liked this video,
you liked this video, make sure you subscribe, leave a comment, ask a question, practice
well, practice often. I’ll see you next video. (soft drum beat)


48 thoughts on “Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Trapping Techniques – Pak Sao Drill”

  • Muhammad Junaid says:

    You told us about bruce lee's speed punching exercise "punching paper".
    Now what about his speed kicking training.

  • I have a question.
    You're teaching here is that we must not trap in the "very late" scenario whereas Bruce in his book The Tao of Jeet Kune Do states that we should parry at the "last" moment of impact. It somehow contradicts your teachings in the video. Is the "very last" scenario only bad in trapping but good in parrying?

  • First off how would you prefer to be addressed?
    Second very nice drill. I'm a beginner at wing chun but I know a lil history and that jeet kune do is a lil of the same. My question when facing an opponent or enemy, what do you look at on the opponent to what type of offense they will throw. I hope I worded it right. Thanks for the knowledge.

  • Tough to use first month students as demonstration assistants.
    I see the point if the target audience is beginners as you do not want to discourage.


    Love it my Brotha. m/ greetings from Long Beach, CALIFORNIA. Where JKD also Lives;)
    Brothers in Martial Artsm/
    Sifu Bruce Would be proud:)

  • Larry Davenport says:

    Trapping has been somewhat of a roadblock for me in my own training. I don't know what it was but somehow you made it a lot more clear to me. Thank you.

  • Good focus on the pak into the opponent, not simply down or sideways. You can really feel the difference. In time the students will loosen up their movements, remind Jason not to lean forward to punch but move his whole body forward while punching (keeping good posture).

    I like your vids, good for wing chun folks and jkd, you have clear practical instruction. If you are up in Michigan some time I'd like to train or practice with you, I am working on blending other things into my wing chun and want to keep learning.

  • Timothy O'Brien says:

    Years ago, a guy attacked me. He flailed his arms like a windmill. He caught me off guard. My instinct was to do a front kick to chest, which knocked him down. He got back up and bum-rushed me. Side-stepped him and smashed him into the wall. That ended it. But how does WC deal with someone who fights, as many do, in such an irrational way?

  • Thank you for the video. How expensive is a wing chung Dummy? Also, how does someone develop their chi energy? Thank you and God bless.

  • Sifu Dan, sir, I want to take this time and commend you on all of your videos. Most instructors get other well trained students in their videos to make it look really good., to make money. On the other hand, you get average students to assist you , and you explain how that we are humans with bad habits, therefore we do not do everything perfect. So, I like the fact that you really train realistically. In all of your videos, you show the good, the bad, and the ugly. I really like it.

  • Dan Lok. Before I make this comment, for what it's worth. I have watched a lot of your video. You are an excellent student of Bruce Lee, and you are also an excellent sifu.

  • I really enjoy your JkD / Wing Chun videos.
    Thank you, i'm a big fan of Bruce Lee and i've wanted to learn Chinese martial arts for a long time and now i'm able to with your videos.

  • Monkey Kid-king says:

    fighting science….very cool..He is proud…i can see him from my poster that he is smiling and he is happy for those they understand him

  • Pak Sao works much better when you close the distance, then you can push your oponent's arm to his body, so he can't use it. And another important thing is not to slap, like you would, I dunno, slap a bitch, but make it more of a strike with hard parts of your palm. Because when you're being attacked and try to slap the hard punch and accidentally hit the fist or wrist with your fingers, you can hurt yourself.

  • Kellie Nicole Brooks Schettino says:

    Hey that was cool,finally I get to see the exercise with practice partner versus the wooden tree trunk with boards sticking out,thanks some thing to work on.

  • Dan, Pak Sau is taught to be friendly and not kill your opponent , Now the real deal (forbidden to be taught openly) is:- soon as an arm comes close you grab like an eagle’s claw slip down to the wrist and dig your fingers into the opponent’s wrist tendon area, drag or shove to dislocate the opponent shoulder at the same time the other hand can do all sorts of damages. But you need to train short (inch) strength to do the damages. I am pretty boiled people criticising traditional martial art. They know too little.

  • Shterev Yordan says:

    Hello, Dan
    You make great videos and explanation, thank you for that.
    I am Ving Tsun practitioner and I think that the first situation(in beginning of the vid) is better to use Jut Sao. With Jut Sao you have better control and the opponent dont have change to give you punch because you are cutting his way.
    In the drill my concerns are that you do the correct Pak Sao(Slaping hand is first and punch is second ) but in the beginning of the vid is opposite and for me this drill is not for the move of the beginning.

    Thank you again for the explanations and videos, You are awesome!

  • Dan Lok,
    You are very adept at discovering innovative
    solutions to problems of many kinds, and it is,
    without a doubt, something that sets you apart,
    simultaneously as Student and Teacher.
    Be blessed and be whole and be whole, to be well.

    Very Respectfully,
    A Fellow Student

  • The Lone Wolf One says:

    Thank you for reminding me about pak sao. It was long time ago. I stopped training because my teachers where very soft, no discipline. So after 2 years of training it went boring.

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