The Most Lethal Single Strike
30 Jul 2015
Jeet Kune Do is an eclectic and a hybrid style fighting art heavily influenced by the philosophy of martial artist Bruce Lee, who founded the system in 1967, referred it as “non-classical”, suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts.
Jeet Kune Do was derived from Wing Chun, which was Lee’s first martial arts style, learned from his master Ip Man. Wing Chun is using the concept of interception or attacking while one’s opponent is about to attack. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects and extreme speed. The system works by using different “tools” for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which are kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, where martial artists use techniques to flow smoothly between them.
The name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name, and he often referred to it as “the art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “dry land swimming”. He believed real combat was spontaneous, and a martial artist cannot predict it, but, only react to it, and a good martial artist should “be like water”—move fluidly without hesitation.
Although the On-Guard position is a formidable overall stance, it is by no means the only one. He acknowledged there were times when other positions should be utilized. JKD’s practitioners need to adapt to the constant changes and fluctuations of live combat. In Jeet Kune Do, decisions should be made within the context of “real combat” and/or “all out sparring” and that it was only in this environment that a practitioner could actually deem a technique worthy of adoption. Lee believed that real combat was alive and dynamic. He also emphasized that every situation, in fighting or in everyday life, is varied. To obtain victory, therefore, it is essential not to be rigid, but to be fluid and able to adapt to any situation.
One of the principles being used by JKD is the “Five ways of attack”, which help JKD practitioners organize their fighting repertoire, comprise the offensive teachings. The concepts of “Stop hits & stop kicks”, and “simultaneous parrying & punching”, based on the concept of single fluid motions which attack while defending (in systems such as Épée fencing and Wing Chun), compose the defensive teachings of JKD. These concepts were modified for unarmed combat and implemented in the JKD framework by Lee to complement the principle of interception.
Jeet Kune Do’s most integral part of punching is the “Straight Lead Punch”. Straight lead punch is the backbone of all punching in Jeet Kune Do, with just a single strike, it can be very dangerous and lethal. The straight lead is not a powerful strike, but a strike formulated to speed. The straight lead should always be held loosely with a slight motion, as this adds to its speed and makes it more difficult to see and block. The strike is not only the fastest punch in JKD, but also the most accurate. The speed is attributed to the fact that the fist is held out slightly, making it closer to the target and its accuracy is gained from the punch being thrown straight forward from one’s centerline. The straight lead should be held and thrown loosely and easily, tightening only upon impact, adding to one’s punch. The straight lead punch can be thrown from multiple angles and levels. Though it is not powerful, speed of punch plus the target’s incoming forceful attack, add up the direction of target’s body movement, a good timing parry, and with the correct flow of the closed fist, this single punch can be very lethal, that it can definitely kill your target in an instant.
In the screenplay of the 1973 Warner Brothers film, Enter the Dragon, when Lee is asked, “What’s your style?” Lee replied, “My style?…You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.”
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