(hip hop instrumental music) – Bruce Lee’s JKD basic footwork. Now how are you enjoying this series? I know we’ve been getting
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to a little bit about the basic footwork in JKD. Because, kind of JKD’s
known for its mobility. Right? Its flexibility.
– Right. Right – Now what the history of the footwork? I know Bruce borrowed a
lot of ideas from fencing. – Yes.
– Why did he do that? Why is there not like
a Wing Chun footwork? Why is there not like a boxing footwork? – Well he wanted mobility to be the best way to get to your opponent, or at least escape the situation. Because if you’re just standing there, then you can actually
attain a lot of blows. And if you’re just sitting there, and you only have specific structures, then you’re gonna use
curve to get to the target. So, he wanted to encompass both realms. And you’ll see it in the footwork, and you see it in the at least the punching and
the boxing aspect of it, and even in the kicks. It feels like it’s very pliable, and you could actually
adapt to many circumstances. Now, you know, supporting the
power with your fist. Supporting hook punches, supporting kicks are all based upon how
you’re going to deliver it. And, one of the things you see, and later, we’ll share later, is how you can attain that acceleration when you’re throwing
those punches and kicks. – So you’re not stationed
there, but you could just. – Yeah. Yeah and the best way to do that is of course Bai Jong
stance, in the Jeet Kune do, is how you deliver.
– By the way, if you don’t know the JKD stance make sure you click on
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exactly the JKD stance. Why we stand a certain way. So make sure you watch that video. Now Sifu, with the stance maybe for people who don’t know about JKD. ‘Cause in boxing we have our strong hand and strong foot back. – Right.
– So we can throw the cross and the power punch. But in JKD we put it at the front. – Correct.
– The lead foot and lead hand. Why is that? – Well, he wanted to be more
dominate on the right lead. Nowadays we wanna train
your left and the right, but he wanted to utilize your power side forward,
the best possible. And use this 80% of the time here. Versus, you know trying to get on your left side, and use this as a probing strike and then throw your knockout punch. – Yeah.
– Right? He wanted the knockout
punch to be in front. Like ready to go. And deliver that much power
within this much space you know. It’s not one of these to where you’re. You know, swinging your entire fist. Now that’s good to practice,
to get that delivery. But eventually it’s. from there.
– It’s short. – It’s very short
– Yeah. – And so in a way, in boxing, because it’s a three minute match right? There’s many many rounds of it. So all your way will jabs will test, but in JKD mainly for self defense. We wanna finish it in seconds. – Exactly, you wanted
to get it done quick. You know the controversial fight between Wong Jack Man and Bruce Lee
– Yeah, and Bruce Lee. If you have watched the
Birth of the Dragon, which you know, we have
no comment (laughs). – No comment at this point. Other than that it goes to show that he did evolve his method to, again, want to end it in seconds. Not, you know, three, five minutes. So now we’re discussing footwork, right? – That’s correct.
– And footwork in itself, I mean, if you have your base ready to go. And your base has to be aligned
with how your structure is, for more details, you know, you might have to get
coaching, personal coaching. But at the same time,
just for visual reference, you want to be able to apply these both hips going forward. At the same time solidify
your foundation down. Knees are slightly bent,
and you’re ready to engage. At this point. Your hands are up. Now, closing your fist this
tight is too much right? It’s just way too much. You just gotta relax. And that you can actually move with ease. So on the first bases of the footwork, if I wanted you to move, okay if I wanted you to move forward, some of the basics I start off with first is the step and slide. So you step, and you can slide this foot. Or you can step, and just step again. So it gives you an idea that, hey, that’s the way I can move forward. And the way to move back, I’ll step and bring this foot back too. So, step slide, step slide. – And you can see, I
want you to pay attention to this part of it, where the heel is up. Alright. The heel is up.
– Yes. – This is bent, and this is bent. Right? This is not facing this way.
– Right. – It’s like slightly off to the center. – Yes. And I’m not even utilizing
the spring at this point. I will now start utilizing the spring with this next footwork. And this is what, push shuffle. It’s. – So this is step and slide, so we are stepping, literally stepping, – Stepping and sliding
– And then we’re sliding. It’s like, I’m exaggerating, we’re kind of dragging this right? – Yeah, yeah. – Boom, and boom.
– And you slide. You see it requires you to do two moves just to do that basic moving forward. – But we wanna get that down first, and just do that a lot, right? – Yes. – Okay. – But now utilizing the spring
behind you is important. – See if you.
– Gotta pay attention to this. – Yes, this is where it matters. Now occasionally, just depending on where I’m moving with people, right? I utilize that as like a spring board. So what happens is, if
I’m going forward, right. (imitating pounding) If I’m ready to press, you know, I’m gonna life this foot
up at the same time. And what happens is this. It becomes one easy motion. That’s one motion, other than. – So instead of two steps, bom bom. – It’s, bom. That’s it. So it’s a matter of moving forward, just like so. And keeping your hands up,
relaxing, and moving forward. Now sometimes you want
your hands to move too. See and I helped them,
– To get the momentum going. – Exactly, if you’re
just standing this way, – It gets very, like that right? – Somebody’s gonna go boom! Right? Right across the jawline,
I mean you’re done. Don’t leave your hands out this way. You gotta get used to moving, right? And that’s the idea. – And so, it’s this one when
I’m moving, this is pushing. – Right. – It’s in my mind, the momentum is like, (mimicking tapping) – Yes. – More like don, don. Right? Like this? Don! – Yeah, you can get it to that point. Yeah, absolutely, absolutely. – So at first, we gotta get this as more da da. And then its da da. – Yes, I talk about, you
know, hovering, right? If we all had wheels under our feet, we wouldn’t even need to do that. We’d just move forward. But we don’t. So we have to get somewhere
where we’re level, and adjust to that. – So we don’t wanna go
up and down as well? – Correct. Avoid the energy going
up, always direct forward. – So that’s the very first footwork. I’ll bring Jack in and he’ll
demonstrate on this footwork, and we’ll give him just
a little bit of coaching, ’cause you probably, if
you’re watching this from home or from your school, you probably make these
common mistakes as well. So, we’ll see. – Okay, so first thing to do we’re just looking at just
the feet at this point. Now, we can come back to this and just to make sure
that the hands are up. Same time, just make sure that these are relaxed standing forward. Knees are bent. Raise the heel behind you, and what you wanna do is press forward as you lift your front foot up at the same time. There you go.
– Yes. There you go. – Now on the return, you push
your front foot and return. – Yes, nice.
– There you go. Now, I’m gonna give you a
couple of numbers to work with. I’ll say, “one”, you move forward. Two, move back. Alright. And try to do it with ease again. One. Two. Its important that you don’t lean forward. If you lean forward.
– So you’re not doing this. You’re not doing that. So, you’re still very balanced. So from the side, we’re not doing that. That’s no good. We’re not doing this either.
– Right. And so now, you’re gonna press forward, and back. Good. Forward. And back. Now sometimes, if you start
noticing your rear foot adjusting backwards, you gotta bring it back forward. Remember, if you wanna try
to bring knees together, they’re almost parallel together. The feet are parallel. See, that’s it. There you go see that. If you do an L shape, that’s different. And we’ll talk about that
at some point in time on why you would use it this way. But right now, if you wanna
go direct, these are parallel. And in fact, if you
wanna go to an extreme, the foot is forward and
still the knee is bent, and almost looks like you’re tryna cover your groin at the same time. But just to get use to this, parallel and then advance forward. So then you got this. Good. And back. Good. Now you still feel that
you’re doing two movements? Or one? – One and two, right? One, two. Yeah. – That feels like two motions right? – Yeah. – Now try to combine them.
– Combine one. Better, good, yes. Okay, now what’s gonna
help Jack do this drill is by some auditorial drills. I’m gonna give him a sound. Now it could mean a clap,
it could mean a number. As long as you move. And the way I express this is to get you to (loudly snaps) – Fast.
– Go fast. Because if I go, one! Now what?
(chuckling) So, if I say one, you move.
– Yeah. – Okay good. – And then two comes back.
– Two comes back. Ready, one! Good. Two. Relax. One two. What does the one feel like to you? When I shout at you,
what does that feel like? – It feels like, like
a strike going forward. – Okay.
– Like, really quickly. – So if somebody was ready
to take your head off, how would you respond
with that push shuffle. Now just think about
that while you’re moving. Ready, lets do it again. One! Two! Okay, a little bit more, because then that guys
ready to hit you hard. – Okay.
– One! There you go. Two! Alright, one! Two! Now, listen to the clap. Ready? (claps hands) (claps hands) (claps hands) (claps hands) (claps hands) (claps hands) Much better. Very good. – As you can see, it’s not easy. ‘Cause when you’re combining the reflex, your auditorial, your hand. And Sifu I think, like the way I see it is
where I first learned this, it’s like you’re talking about, the foot position and the knees. Imagine if you are a runner, you’re not gonna run with your knees like, If I want you to go from here to there, as fast as pos- you’re not gonna be like this. You’re gonna be like this.
– Yes. – Everybody right?
– Yes. – You’re ready to, its like
if you think of the animal, it’s like you’re a tiger,
you’re ready to attack. And think of this footwork as more, why is it so explosive? Its like archery right? You’re aiming (mouths arrow
shot) and you’re ready to go. You’re energy is not
spread apart, it’s this. So think of that. Try that one more time. – And also, you gotta have
your dominate foot forward. – Yes. So just think of that
like you’re ready, boom! Let it go. – Now, I’m gonna change
the cadence a little bit. You ready? One. Two.
– Broken rhythm. – One. Two, one. Two! One. Two. One! Two. One! Now slow it down on this one. Two. One! There you go. Now you get the idea. – There you go so, Sifu actually inserted
a little broken rhythm. You can see as simple as a basic footwork, just like a push shuffle,
forward and backward. You can include different pace, different broken rhythm, auditorial, clap. It makes it very, very interesting, just a simple thing like that. So, there you go. That’s the basic JKD footwork. Now if you want us to cover
other types of footwork, maybe lateral movement, or
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