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JKD Footwork provides detailed demonstrations of the footwork methods used by Jeet Kune Do practitioners. This is a must-have reference guide for any serious. Learn 5 Drills For Improved Jeet Kune Do Techniques From Jeet Kune Do Training from a stationary position, the trainer will use footwork to move and attack. Here’s a Newer Video on Jeet Kune Do Footwork and Trapping. Agility, distance, timing and structure are essential to performing JKD Footwork and applying it.

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If you aim toward simplification, rather than complex or intricate foot patternswhich more resembles dance patterns than efficiencyyour footwork will be smooth, direct and efficient.

The quick movement and shuffle can only be accomplished by being light on your feet.

Jeet Kune Do Footwork by Tim Tackett

The second is aliveness and naturalness. Switch your lead up and train both leads evenly. It should be light and raised intuitively about V8 of an inch.

Your rear heel should almost always be raised in stillness or in motion. Your feet must always be directly under your body. It restricts tool and technique implementation. It is a most valuable technique, leaving both hands free to counter, it is the real basis of counter-fighting fkotwork is performed by the expert. He wanted me to be able to glide in and out, throwing techniques from all angles after coming into various ranges through footwork.

Ilag Yuko Ducking So every time you throw a punch, put percent into it. He would practice for hours on end.

Bruce Lee once said that the four components of footwork consisted of: You should be able to control the weight distribution and be in perfect balance at all times. Personally, I had a real problem with this in my early years of training with Bruce.


The principles of movement form the very heart of combat.

To reach your opponent with speed and power, you must use footwork. To do the forward shuffle, stand in the on-guard position. The right shoulder is slightly raised and your chin slightly lowered in order to protect your chin and jaw from strikes. If you use economy of motion, you will always be relaxedwhich is crucial to your reaction time footwori to the speed of your attacks, defenses and counter-attacks.

Why We Need Bruce Lee’s Footwork

Then reverse your positions. By applying the classical lunge movement or stepping by crossing your feet, it took one and one-half seconds to reach the same distance-twice the time. For your daily training, footworkk the backward burst for speed, balance and rhythm instead of deep penetration.

Economical initiation non telegraphic.

Don’t straighten your knees. The Shuffle Step is more like a pulling movement, than a stepping movement. Many people think of footwork as some sort of bouncing movement, but the one thing Bruce Lee stressed to all of his students was never to move for the sake of moving, and not to bounce simply for the sake of bouncing.

March 7, Footwork is one of the key fundamentals to being successful in a fight. Hopefully, it will cause you to research this too-often-neglected aspect of combat.

It may be used to create openings for a counter attack. Cross in front and kick These are some of the reasons that footwork seems to me so important.

Bruce Lee’s Footwork | Martial Arts | Jeet Kune Do

That one leap should carry your body at least two wide steps. To do the box simply move around in an imaginary box. Quick recovery or appropriate follow-ups.

Please remember to keep your non-striking guard hand up for the sake of your face as seen in this article and video. Crossing your feet in motion is a bad habit because it tends to unbalance you and expose your groin area.


The speed of your fooywork leads the way for fast kicks and punches.

The fifth is a balanced position at the end. It contorts your stance. It can lure your opponent in to a trap, allow you to gain the proper fighting measure and also bridge the gap to your opponent. The backward thrust is like the quick backward movement except that it carries your body backward quicker and deeper. It must be practiced periodically to achieve flowing results. The basic forms of defense utilized in Jun Fan are: Hakbang Paiwas Full Side Step Slide your front foot forward about a half-step, widening the space between your feet just for a second as you slide your rear foot forward.

Many focus on only linear or circular movements. Unless you move your rear foot before your front foot makes contact, your front foot cannot be planted properly.

Not only that will break the rhythm and confuse your opponent, but it also helps with your flow and helps execute any technique with full speed and power. Your left foot should be angled at approximately 45 degrees. From the on-guard position, slide or shuffle your rear foot backward about half a step, widening the foootwork between your feet for just a split second as you slide your front foot backward. You need to so relaxed that whatever happens, you respond to it instantaneouslywhether it be the need to immediately advance, retreat or side step an attack.

If you want options, i. That one quick motion should carry your body backward at least two steps. Quick Movements The quick advance is almost like the forward shuffle.