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Bruce Lee JKD Footwork Drills Part 1


(hip hop instrumental music) – Bruce Lee’s JKD basic footwork. Now how are you enjoying this series? I know we’ve been getting
a lot of comments, a lot of thumbs up. And enjoying Sifu, I’m
bringing him back again. And make sure you check out his website, theartofjkd.com Now today we are going
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
i button and watch that. We filmed a video on
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
different types of movement. Comment below, let us know. If we get enough comments, we’ll make a future video based on that. Make sure you it the subscribe button. Turn on notification. Right there. Right there. Listen to Sifu right there. Give us a thumbs up,
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out all those videos. And you wanna watch them more than once, ’cause we always cover, although we kind of make the
video 10, 12 minutes long. But you need yo watch this multiple times. Until next time be water my friend. – Take care.

Reynold King

85 Replies to “Bruce Lee JKD Footwork Drills Part 1”

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  2. I love this series so much it has helped me out alot i love jkd i learn Wing chun at the moment but maybe in the future i will learn jkd but this show is brilliant thank you so much

  3. that was a good training footwork drill because to me it very important to get a opponent react and contract

  4. Bruce wanted to end the fight instantly is the reason for the Power in front lead stance.

  5. Sir thanks for the video , I have a Q . Do I have to lift weights ? I'm just getting started with this new mma gym & they all doing the weight lifting stuff after training . I don't know why but my heart says there are some other good things to do (training your videos) . so straight Q / what JKD is saying about weight lifting? even if you make a video on this , hundreds of questions is going to be answered . Thanks alot

  6. This footwork is also used in koi kan karate. Very useful in a real fight. Amazing to see in jkd too! Step slide forward, back,left, right, and on the 45s.

  7. Gosto muito do canal mas se não for pedir demais gostaria de vc pedir legendas em português brasileiro 😁

  8. Awesome drill. I needed this. I want my movements to be quicker, so that my economy of motion is supplemented.

  9. Sir I love your videos about Wing Chun and Business as well I got a question Dan Lok when you first did your "million dollar year" as you call it. Were you a professional already or an apprentice. Thanks Dan the Man

  10. Superb as always! You guys are the best! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I Dream of training with you in Vancouver!
    Cheers!

  11. Started drills on the JKD footwork when I was 18 working from Bruce Lee's Fighting Arts books and it felt strange at first compared to my usual bounce on the spot L shaped TKD sparring stance and other ways of movement. When you incorporate the forward burst, sidestepping etc. into techniques, kicking and punching can be launched more naturally and with more power than classical karate or TKD where with things like side kicks you step behind and cross your legs (which I never do anymore). Having had the advantage of several years fencing in high school gave me an advantage in moving like this and it is also close to good boxers but slightly less pigeon toed. You can glide around but also have a strong base and lots of maneouvrability and always be covered. The most important aspect of the moving forwards part of JKD is the lead foot going first and then the rear foot immediately sliding to compensate, there is a moment just before you put weight on the front foot or it touches the ground where you can direct it into incredibly fast hook kicks or front kicks or even side kicks with the leading leg, it is just that tiny split second as the rear foot comes forward where there is a momentum you can throw into the technique. If you find a heavy target to strike it is the best way to work on it because you can know if you've got it right with power. It is hard to describe but it is like the weight of your body's gravity downwards is now suddenly transfered up and out and your rear foot plants and leg pushes quickly just b4 your foot strikes the target. I really think the principles of the footwork in JKD; shuffle, burst etc. are the reason Bruce could kick so fast and powerfully with his leading leg and arm.

  12. Finally got round to hitting something solid, with using footwork of back heel raised (3 min rounds):

    5 x rack speedball
    5 x floor-to-ceiling speedball
    5 x on mattress up against a wall
    5 x kicks on mattress

    Going onto dummy drills, for next few sessions: but think I have done enough today to be able to comment.

    With the rack speedball [way over head height]; found I had a lot more power & stamina: even tho Not done it for some time. Especially that same side as the back leg (which, with previous footwork of back heel flat on floor: would tire a lot quicker).

    Floor-to-ceiling ball is only about chest height, but found back heel raised to have lot more power ! Also stamina.

    My mattress rounds were:

    1. Close-up low punches (about stomach height). Found here that SWITCHING between back heel raised, and flat on floor [with stance lower]; whenever getting tired: helped me to keep going.
    2. Punching at chest height. Back heel raised worked better.
    3. Punching higher than head [probably first time I've done this on mattress, as way too tiring with old footwork]. Back heel raised, with keeping head down worked best. Also some torque when punching with that same side.
    4. High vertical elbows, (elbow in front of eye, with hand touching head): alternate stepping right / left. Found here that back heel slightly raised: wants to raise more on contact, in order to fully commit.
    5. Low vertical elbows (hand touching shoulder): as with the high elbows.

    The kicks, I am Not experienced enough with this footwork to talk on those. But had been using that during in-the-air training to get higher kick [since, needing to go a bit higher with taller opponent].

  13. Hello Sifu Dan Lok and Sigong Octavio Quintero. I really like how you directed the pace of steps with numbers. I felt it to be more of a challenge for my body and mind but in a good way. I'm new to JKD and want to be perfect with my footwork but there are no classes where I live to advance my knowledge and accuracy. I was wondering if you're able to make a video of claps and/or numbers, back, forth, right, left, etc for a daily drill to follow. I understand how a video can take important time out of your day but I can guarantee that you will have viewers because I will take the time out of my day to watch and follow it.

  14. Jkd is supposed to be style-less these jkd sifu all have the same wing chun upper body stance and fencing step slide lower body stance

  15. My understanding is that in JKD stance, your legs are actually pre-emptively loaded, like a spring. When you raise your front foot, the rear foot automatically springs you forward. It uses the natural elastic power from your achilles/quadriceps tendon to give you that quick explosive power with minimal effort. Its too slow to just "step" forward, because you have to wait for your weight to shift.

  16. just do finished your fu money book. time to make my mark.
    love the had videos.
    you are now my go to mentor!

  17. Birth of a dragon was a strange movie felt like Bruce was an anime character like rock lee. Also what kind of monk wears a western suit? Very good explaination in the video. For footwork i used thin rope to connect my hands to my feet like a puppet. Yes it is limiting but just to get into habit of using legs when i punch. I'm sure i look silly do at your own cringe tolerance. Could be worse ball room dancing could help with footwork.

  18. i have to give it to you Dan and the crew, i have been pr acting the foot work and have watched most videos on JKD and I'm hooked.I'm 6' 1 3/16at 178(last 8 pounds of water wait) and feel great.I have conditioned in the past so that is natural to me.What isn't since i boxed is the unorthodox foot style. I took karate and some Muy Thai and they don't compare to the balance of speed and power.I have been practicing for 4 months and already see what i have been missing. I already adjusted my style and became a better fighter.I would love to see advanced videos on footwork for the advancement of everyone.Still getting the basics down but advancing quick

  19. @Dan Lok, I watch your videos regarding on JKD.. im just a beginner and i just want to know where i can start watching step by step.. hope you help. Thanks

  20. Bruce incorporated fencing type side stance and front hand lead after his brother (who practiced fencing) “slapped the shit” out of him. It’s outdated now since BJJ takedowns are more difficult to avoid from the bai Jong

  21. Enjoyed the video. Step and slide was the intial/basic footwork that I was taught by boxing instructors. The basics are essential. I would love to see you cover the more explosive, distance covering, fencing inspired, foot work of JKD as well. Maybe a intermediate and then advance footwork sequel to this video.

  22. RIP Ted Wong I first learned proper JKD footwork from him and later after seeing Chris Kent demonstrate it in his DVD

  23. Could you please explain why would you keep your feet in a L shape way as per the instructor at 8:40 ?

    Or if possible make a video on it ?

    The curiosity is killing me and I have seen Bruce Lee in this stance a lot of time but don't know what's the use of it. 🙂

  24. I experimented with the stance and I found out that if you want to move really fast you should smack your lead foot on the ground when you move, I've tried it and it works well

  25. I like how you guys brought Jack into the mix.
    We can tell he is learning and that should make others more comfortable knowing/seeing others mistakes that they themselves are making.
    Another good video.
    Where were you guys when I was studying JKD years ago from Bruces books, lol.
    I cant tell you how many times I watched his movies to study what he was doing while reading the books.
    Peace & Love guys.

  26. Sure i like this. I was practicing Tkd and Boxing many years and eventually stick to Sanshou. Being right-handed, it'll take me some time to switch side like a southpaw. As for this 'fencing' JKD footwork i feel ok , >Ok or not i remember Bruce Lee said "adopt what's useful,discard what's not" and "choose the style that suits you, NOT you to suit the style". Anyway, please continue to share your knowledge, i certainly appreciate this. (There's no limit to learning and this makes martial arts interesting. I'm 54 now and surely cant spar the way i did when young, i'm trying to evolve and find a way that best suit my age now)

  27. So my natural fighting stance happens to be similar to the jkd stance minus my non dominate foot is forward and on the ball of my foot. I'm wondering why the front foot is flat though. I played football for most of my life and found if both feet are on the ball you're way more explosive

  28. I forgot to add it's easier for explosive movement and pivoting too. But this is just what I've found and maybe it's just what works for me. You're the expert, I'm just curious I'm

  29. I think that Bruce Lee let us an ''eastern egg'' about footwork in The Way of the Dragon. In the first part of the fight he moves just in and out, forward, backward, but Norris's character catches him most of the time and he is losing. Then there is that short break and he starts to move circling around Norris, and that makes the distance management better, and the attacks impredictable, so he finally wins with that major adjustment. But those moves seem really familiar … why is that ? Bc Bruce Lee incorporated lots of movement from boxing, and he is basically moving like Muhammed Ali in that second part of the fight. To me the fight of The Way of the Dragon is an Homage to Ali's boxing style. Ali had one of the best jab and of the best footwork ever seen in combat sports, with the True Boxer Stance and his ballet dancer moves

  30. Great Vidéo I loved it.
    Basically you are describing the ''True Boxer Stance'' with the strong hand leading instead of the weak one. I like it. It's very logical and very practical. Marvin Cook has the best videos about footwork so far with his TBS.
    It's something you can use in almost all combat sports. Last week Nate Diaz performed an awesome demonstration of this stance in MMA. His feet and body were moving perfectly and fast. He let no chance to his opponent

  31. nowadays we have grappling or Brazilian jiu jitsu, especially kid fans who likes to adopt these grappling techniques. and the footwork of the kicker – puncher must be carefully executed towards grabbers. this is true in HUNT KING DO footwork.

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