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Extremely Advanced Jeet Kune Do Training – Broken Rhythm

(stick flexing and rubbing) (sticks tapping in musical rhythm) – You know, baby… This bamboo is longer, more flexible, and very much alive. And, when your flashy routine, cannot keep up with the
speed and elusiveness, of this thing here, all I can say, is, that you
will be in deep trouble. (sticks tapping in musical rhythm) – That, you will have to find out. – Ah! (sticks whipping and cutting the air) Ah! (footsteps) Hi-ya! I’m telling you, it’s difficult, to have a rehearsed
routine, to fit in with… (stick whipping through the air) Broken rhythm. (static noise) – Extremely advanced Jeet Kune
Do training, broken rhythm. Now, what you’ve just watch,
is a scene from Game of Death. I think it’s the perfect metaphor, what Bruce was trying to
communicate to the world, about his art. It’s a perfect metaphor for
JKD, about the flexibility, the unpredictability, the elusiveness, and, the broken rhythm, of Jeet Kune Do. (upbeat music) You think of what Bruce does, and, what separates him from
other martial artists, is, his ability to read the opponent, and, also, to intercepting,
before they even attack. And, that requires broken rhythm. As his scene, you can see
him and Daniel Inosanto, and, Daniel Inosanto, has a rhythm. Boom, ta, ta, ta. Ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta. A certain types of rhythm, and Bruce, just breaks his rhythm, from fast to slow, slow to fast, and vary the tempo of it. What I believe in, if you
can beat someone’s rhythm, you can beat the guy. It’s very, very simple. ‘Cause, what happens is, human beings, we are creatures of habits. We’re also creatures of rhythm. So, that’s why we listen to
music. (snapping fingers) And, we, want to bob, and, right? Ah, that’s pretty cool, right? When you can hear that. That kind of music, that beat,
right, and we’re naturally. Also, think about, when you’re walking. Imagine, when you’re walking,
we all have a rhythm, right? We have a rhythm of, you’re
walking, you’re just walking. One, two, one, two, one,
two, three, four, right? You don’t walk like… One, one-two, two, three-four. That becomes cha-cha, right? That becomes (laughing) a dance. You don’t walk like that. Or, you don’t walk, like, okay, I walk, and, suddenly, I walk slow, right? Then you become like Michael Jackson. That’s not what I’m talking about either. But, broken rhythm, let
me just demonstrate, through a very simple, kind of a, a trapping, Filipino exercise. It’s a Filipino Martial
Arts exercise, watch. So, very simple, as we do a
very simple flow drill, right? (arms slapping when in contact) Now, what I want you to do, is, I want you to pay attention to the sound. One-two-three,
one-two-three, one-two-three. No, okay, now see that’s off. One again. One– – Sorry. – One-two-three, one-two-three. (arms slapping when in contact) One-two-three,
one-two-three, one-two-three. Now, so, you can hear the beat. (hands clapping in rhythm) Very normal, and we can do
this all day long, right? Boom-boom, boom-boom-boom,
boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom. What happens, is, broken rhythm, is the half beat,
in-between, as an example. So, Shin, I want you to
keep doing the same thing. Don’t vary it. I’m gonna insert a half
beat in there, as we flow. Okay, so, try. (hands clapping in rhythm) So, from here, ta-ta-ta, I see a kick there (hands clap), right? Okay, again, don’t stop, yeah. Boom, boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom. So, from there, watch. From here, as he do, I do half a beat, and then, I go in, right, again, right? I do half a beat, and then go back. So, that’s half a beat,
that’s broken rhythm. As you have (laughing), have the, right? You can see, boom-boom-boom,
boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom. Now, sometimes, you can
also go from beat-beat-beat, also, from fast, to slow, okay? So, let me demonstrate now. This is what I want you to do, Shin. I want you, just do, like,
park here, in the back. I’m not gonna touch you. So, I want you to see, as
I make any sudden movement, I want you to make a sound, like, hu-ugh. – Mm. – Try that. Hu-ugh.
– Hu-ugh. – Louder. – Hu-ugh.
– Yeah, okay. Any movement that I, I
want you to just see it, and then I want you to, okay, watch. (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – A little bit slow, try again. (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – Good, one more time. (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – One more time. (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – Could be a little bit
faster, one more time. (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – One more time. – Hu-ugh. – Now, I’m gonna do the same thing. Same thing, I want you
to see any movement, and I want you to, hu-ugh, like that. And, I’m gonna touch his forehead. Okay, when you see me
touching your forehead, you’re gonna make a, hu-ugh, like that. Okay, watch. – Hu-ugh. – (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – (exhales)
– Hu-ugh. – Hu-ugh. – What happened? – Slow. – I broke his rhythm. Even though, my motion is slower, by time I hit, hu-ugh,
’cause I broke his rhythm. I’ve been training him
to do one-two-three-four. Suddenly, it’s a slower movement,
but he couldn’t catch it. That’s broken rhythm. And, that’s why it’s
such a powerful thing. And, your techniques, it is
the most difficult to train, as far as I’m concerned, in Jeet Kune Do. Because it’s not, it’s
against your human nature. ‘Cause we want to practice
with boom-boom-boom-boom-boom, with a boom-boom-boom-boom-boom,
boom-boom-boom-boom-boom. But, you watch that scene, and
what Bruce is very good at, from total stillness, and
he would explode, right? From total stillness,
boom, he would explode, and then, he would move,
and then, he would, break the rhythm, and he
would throw combinations. And then, he would, backward,
and then he would go fast, and then, he would go slow, and, makes him very, very unpredictable. And, that’s extremely difficult to do. And, that’s why, it’s advanced JKD. So, let me demonstrate, in another way. (gloves hitting hands) Don’t need to hit hard,
but, do full extension. – Okay, one. – Yeah, so, boom-boom-boom,
boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom, I want to hear
this (claps hands in rhythm). (gloves hitting hands) Jason, a bit slow. A tiny, half-beat slow.
– Yeah, all right. – So, boom-boom-boom, yes. (gloves hitting hands) Good. Now, what Jason and
Drake is doing right now, it’s a simple, timing exercise, right? You can, just hear the beat. Boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom. That’s a rhythm, boom-boom-boom. So, again, broken rhythm. That’s the rhythm of three. One-two-three, one-two-three. And, that’s how a lot of people train, even in boxing,
one-two-three, one-two-three, and, one-two-three. And, you need to train it
that way, in the beginning. As you get more intermediate,
more the advanced, now, you need to learn
how to vary your rhythm. So, let me demonstrate, okay? So, you saw what Jason and Drake did, which is the same rhythm. So, now I’m gonna demonstrate,
just, with broken rhythm, what that kind of looks like. Now, Shin, now, we’re gonna
do a very, very simple drill, which is, simply, he would punch. Right, I’ll just parry. Just, I gonna parry this,
slow, so people can see. So, simple, it parry, like that. He’s aiming, could be to my
chin, could be to my face, doesn’t really matter. If you throw the punch again. (gloves hitting hands) Right, I’m catching it, right? Same thing, with I throw a
punch, he would catch it. Right, he would throw a punch. (gloves hitting hands) We only throw one punch. (gloves hitting hands) Now, we would do it, in turns. So, he would, same thing. So, he would throw, I would throw. So, I’m not gonna throw
two punches, right? I’m not gonna vary the angle. It just to demonstrate the rhythm. So, he throws a punch. (gloves hitting hands) I would throw a punch. You throw a punch. Let’s say, we do three. Boom-boom-boom, again. Boom-boom-boom, try again. Boom-boom-boom, one more time. Boom-boom-boom. So, Boom-boom-boom, right? Now, we gonna move around,
but with broken rhythm. Again, we can only punch one
time, we’re gonna take turns. No change of angle,
right, just the rhythm. I want you to see the difference. Okay, go ahead. (breathing and punching) (upbeat music) Your turn. – Oh. (breathing and punching) (upbeat music) – Good, good. You see, that’s how it works. Broken rhythm, you can see. Go back to your same
rhythm, boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom-boom, try again. Boom-boom-boom. Suddenly, when you vary it, I
don’t know when he’s coming. He doesn’t know when I’m going. Again, boom, I just know when I’m coming. Now, imagine, when you combine this with different distance, different punches. Or, maybe he throws two, one and two. One more time, one and two. One more time, one and two. It changes the game. It changes how we do things, and that’s how JKD should be, right? One more time. One more time. Now go back to the same rhythm. I wanna see a difference. Same rhythm, boom-boom-boom, we do three. Two-three, one more time. Two-three, see how easy it is? – Yeah. – One, one, two, three, one more time. One, two, three, one more time. One, two, three. Now, so, how do you train broken rhythm? So, now, you get the concept. Then, how do you train it, how
do you put it into practice? The easiest way, is, when
you’re training with any drills, that you do, and you just change it up. So, as simple as, let’s
go back to that drill. As the, flow drill example, right? Boom, boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom, boom-boom-boom, you can hear.
(hands clapping in rhythm) Da-da-da, da-da-da, now
let’s speed it up a bit. (hands slapping in combat) So, we’re changing rhythm, right? Now, slow down. Slow down. Slow down. Now, what I wanna do,
is, I wanna do one slow. You do one slow, and, then we do one fast. And then, slow. Come back. And then, we do slow. Then we do… Slow. And then… Slow. You see, that’s how it works. And, just as you change it, okay, now we can do this side. Try that, right? So, boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom, yes, boom-boom-boom. And, boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom-boom. Boom-boom-boom. Now, boom-boom-boom. Do it fast. Good, good. Slow. Even slower. Even slower. Even slower. See, you’re training your nervous system, for different tempo. Now, I’m not gonna tell
Shin, if I go fast or slow. But, as I go fast, you go
fast, I do slow, you do slow. Okay, try that. (hands slapping in combat) I don’t need to tell him, he just feel. Yes. Mm-hmm, slow. Right. (hands slapping in combat) Now, also, as a partner,
what we could do now, we’re feeding each other. I’ll do half-beat, in-between half slow, and half fast, watch. (hands slapping in combat) Or, slow, and then, fast, can you feel? Yes, then slow, and then do fast. Yes, the whole thing slow. Do the whole thing fast. So, you see, how you vary that up? Just fast, slow, slow, fast, fast, slow. Any drill, any kicking
drill, any punching drill. You just insert different
tempo and different rhythm, and, it makes the whole
thing much more difficult, and, much more interesting. And that’s a broken rhythm. And, there are so many drills. I might show you other
drills in the future, but, for now, what I want you to do, is, just to get the concept, when you train. And, that’s what makes Bruce Lee, one of the greatest martial
artists, of all time, is, that broken rhythm. It’s not so much intercepting,
people get the idea, oh, Bruce is intercepting the technique. They’re focusing on intercepting the kick, intercepting the punch, that’s
not what makes him good. He is a master, at
intercepting someone’s rhythm, someone’s tempo. He can read someone very, very quickly. If you actually, listen to the interview, that, other people had spar with him, have, like, touch hand with
him, every single interview, that he’s touch hand with somebody else, it’s always the same story. They would say something along this line. I try to attack Bruce. Before I do anything, he comes
in and shut everything down. He just, like, shut me down. Before I know it, his foot is in my face, his hand is in my face, I’m
on the ground, or something. It’s always like that. Bruce, unlike his movie,
doesn’t bounce around too much. Something happens, (hands
clap) he intercepts. He can read the guy’s
tempo, boom, it’s finished. That’s how he fights. That’s actually how he trains. If you read the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, you read between the
lines, and you can see. That’s why, broken rhythm, is one of the most
important concepts in JKD. It’s also one of the most
difficult concept to understand, and, to master. So, I hope today, I give
you, just a glimpse, a taste, of what broken rhythm is about. Comment below, and let me know how this has benefit your training. If you have not watch my other videos, make sure you subscribe below. We upload new videos, new mashup
videos, every single week. We upload two videos a week, actually. And, watch my other
videos, and check it out. The five ways of attack, or how you do some of
those basic JKD training. Until next time, you’re one of my friend. – Be water, my friend.

Reynold King

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  2. Your videos are jewels I learn so much and it gives me the power to go and get the basics. Your are helping my elevation into my higher self. What is the most important mental training of a martial artist?

  3. Very interesting. I've seen some MMA strikers use this in the octagon. They'd train the opponent by repeatedly striking a certain target . Then sudden change targets for a KO.

  4. Great explanation. Its fascinating. I learn a lot from Your videos but im still myself as Bruce used to teach…

  5. I have been watching your channel for so long n you r doing great job.i like it very much. Keep it up.i used to watch octavio since 12 years.bruce lee was childhood superhero.i wish i could get into tgis stuff but all of humans wishes never come true…may be few of them….😔.anyways i'm always happy to watch JKD and ur channel. thanks DAN

  6. I really enjoy ALL your videos and have learned a lot!
    Although I am not a JKD practitioner, I take a lot of the JKD concepts and apply it in my own martial art. That is why I consider Bruce Lee as an influential teacher for me.,even though I never trained with him or trained in JKD.
    I also use a form of broken rhythm that I teach my students. I call it "train the doggie". LOL
    By "setting" a tempo to my attacks, I "train" my opponent to react with the tempo that I have set. In a sense, I "trained the doggie" to react to that set speed ("Good doggie!" LOL).
    Then I suddenly change the speed to effecctively score on my opponents. 🙂
    Is that a "form" of broken rhythm? Or is it something else?
    I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

  7. I do boxing and i do music and yeah its more called conter rythm but that is almost the same. mix that with non regular punching combination and then you have a devastating option on your oponent because he canot anticipate!
    Great video!

  8. Rhythm in Roll….Rhythm in Release….Rhythm in Rate….Rhythm in Distance Control…..Heart rate sore in Stance (Toe in)….Heart rate lower in Dance (Toe out)….Good fighters bring what they got, but great fighters take away what they bring with rhythm……..Every Pro Boxing Club has Bruce on the wall and his teachings in the book…….Always be big love for the Dragon!!……..

  9. When I was 16yr's old my friend had a brown belt. I would always over power him, using broken rythems came naturally. I don't think we understood this at that time thanx.

  10. Only very very high level fighters ever understand and can master breaking their opponents rhythm. Even just discovering your opponent's rhythm is very high level skill already.

  11. Personally, I don't think that you have grasped the concept and practice of broken rhythm. What Bruce Lee discovered was that most fighting systems follow a predictable sequence of movement which each person trains until it becomes natural for him to move in that way. A good fighter will, very quickly, pick up the sequential rhythm and be able to intercept this, at will, without using a predictable pattern himself. This is a basic first principle of Zen, and not an advanced aspect of JKD. Advanced JKD allows a fighter to accurately predict every movement the opponent is about to do just milliseconds before it occurs. And that's Mastery.

  12. If Master Bruce was alive today, he would be very proud and glad that his followers and next generation students are doing a good job in incorporating and utilizing his very own created art which is Jeet Kune Do, and as such real and well define martial artists of any era; these disciples are not only creative but also helpful and very unselfish by openly sharing their good wisdom to others who are willing and interested in learning.

  13. Great coverage for this subject. Also the choreography with Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon (besides this Game of Death vid) displayed the Muhammed Ali "Bicycle" type toe dancing that breaks the rhythm of always being "flatfooted". Love that Pak Sao drill too. I have seen various instructors use that drill; it was not around when I took lessons back in the 60's. All we had was the one where the partners bang their forearms against each other.

  14. this is very good technique but you do not want to get yourself into tunnel vision,

    say you are how to break your opponent's rhythm and he reads you and break your rhythm and he disorients you. how do you now tunnel vision in this case?

  15. hello my name is Jovani i am a 27 year old from Bethlehem, Pa I was hoping to talk to you about JKD and if you have classes. i messed up my arm 6 years ago and im really interested in JKD not only for me but my family. I want to learn because im scared one day i wont be able to protect them. as a man, husband, and father to 3 i need to know how to protect them and JKD is the way to do that. i know this is probably not the best way to contact you but its the only way i can find please get back to me. Thank you and have a great day

  16. This helps to see the basics of the JKD building blocks for us novices. Dan Lok is a great communicator. Thanks Dan.

  17. So broken ryhtm is an advanced tool , requiring flexibility in tempo and insight into your opponent's rhythm to break it, manipulate it and nutralize it. It's controlling movement. You've got to be fast, deceptive and insightful in seconds

  18. Hey,,,(Birhanu),this is the craziest jeet kune do fan,learner,Bruce Lee's big big fan(#1 fan in the world,,,,i have real reson for that),,,,,,,,Dan Lok ,,,thanks alot for all the videos,,,and training techniques,,,,,you are very blessed to be learned by Bruce Lee's original student,,,,,,keep it up….

  19. Broken rhythm.. flexibility, unpredictability, ability to read the opponent

    yes I have always believe this!

    when we walk, we stance, we move we all have our own rhythms and when we do things we love to do sometime we sing along and hym hym the beat along as well.

    Broken rhythm is new for me.. broken rhythm is really hard to read. 😃

  20. if i remember chuck noris interview he never said bruce lee shut him down though . He said that bruce lee liked to use one of his moves after acting with him lol :-D. But man its sad that bruce died would have loved to see what he evolved into in so many years. He would have taken martial arts further.

  21. This is perfect and beautiful to watch and learn. The Greatest, most Skillful Boxers alongside other Martial Artists often exercise this.

  22. If I am not mistaken, I never seen a tutorial or lesson like this or the way you teach here in you tube. What I mean is You are one of a kind. Keep up the Good Heart Boss.
    Thank you very much.

  23. Is lat sao exercise a broken rythem cause when you doing punch perry punch perry then suddenly for example hook or punch to stomach or lowkick is doing that stuff a broken rythem

  24. this is really cool and fascinating, im not advanced enough to execute this easily but- technically what you are doing rhythmically/musically is 1 and 2 rest — 1 and 2 rest – rather than 1-2-3 1-2-3 then when you go faster you are moving in between the 1 and the AND as in 1 E AND 2 – so literally twice as quickly gives you the in between punch.

  25. Exactly, mix things up, never get stuck in a pattern, because when you do, you become predictable. Don't be a marching band's metered tune, be Jazz.

  26. AWESOME video!! In my early training in JKD (and to this day), my brother and I were using these EXACT 3 beat concepts. This is an empty hand straight punching form of hu bud that I learned from Dan Inosanto (not in person) a long time ago. May I suggest here (for others) to not limit your training. Open up your mind. If you use your imagination, you can come up with endless variations of this excellent training method – including varying the type of 3 beat responses to your partners punch. For example: Once you feel comfortable with Mr. Lok's drills, instead of using the left pak sao (parry or slap block), right cover, left downward slap pattern to the outside of your partner's punch, you could use a left Tan sao (palm up block) to the inside of your partners punch, to a right pak sao, to a left tan sao. It's a little more difficult to do, but the variation will make you that much more efficient. You can also change the punch your partner throws: low straight, long hook, backfist, etc. All the same concepts of the broken rhythm would apply. By experimenting with the different ways to apply this drill, you make it more challenging and less monotonous and repetitive. As I wrote, there are endless variations in which you can do this drill. You can also do a 2 beat (left pak, right cover) switch to left lead punch, back to the 3 beat rhythm on the left or alternate left and right lead using just the 2 beat rhythm. Thank you Mr. Lok, for making this excellent video.

  27. i understand the point sir…..hey i love this song…or music at the background…can someone please tell me his source?

  28. This was truly enlightening and inspiring. Thank you. You have stoked the fire while teaching me to be like water.

  29. im used to broken rhythm, I just didn't realize it was the key to my success. It always feels like your intercepting.


  31. Wow, I really liked this video and I'm not even a martial arts guy! You can use this concept for a variety of sports. Consider a volleybal attack (my thing), jump high and therefore having the ability to smash at your chosen point instead of the 'standard rhythm'. I call it a buffer. But changing that position is actually changing the rhythm.. and will almost be a successful 'beat' every time when applied. Interestingly I regularly clap my hands when I explain the pace of the attack. And how about a discussion that turns into dominant situation when somebody rants and forgets that everybody on the table has his or her own equal piece to bring in. Change the rhythm. Thank you Mr. Dan Lok, what a lesson learned today!!

  32. The human brain is very adaptable, if you create a rhythm for the other person to follow, you can easily beat him if you break it and time the strikes differently. I’ve seen people do it in street fights and in the UFC. You just have to be watching the weapons, not predicting when they’re going to strike.

  33. This sistem challenges momentum, it breaks the tradition of patterns, to create a window of opportunity for the figther ,thank you!!

  34. There is nothing extremely advance in this video that retains to jeet kune do. This at most basic level training for broken rhythm.

    Lets not make something unattainable by making in "advance" out of something basic.

  35. In dancing you have down beats and up Beats… you dance on the down beats… dancing on the upbeats breaks the Rhythm…. rhythm is always counted 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8… the upbeat is the an count. Between the downbeats!

  36. Another technique is action vs. Reaction…. the time it takes to react from an action it's called lag time… Bruce Lee use feints for the opponent reaction, and make his hit before the opponent could take action!

  37. Another technique Bruce Lee used to do was bounce up and down to throw his opponents timing off…. somewhat like the Muhammad Ali Shuffle!

  38. How to change a rhythm count… 1 2 and 3… 1 and 2 3…1 2 and3! Right left right… right right left.. left right left… left left right… that's the hand rhythm… then you can bring in the foot rhythm!

  39. BROKEN RHYTHM IS THE HART ❤️OF JKD .!!!!! ADD , SPEED . AND ( THE OPPONENT IS IN TROUBLE . ) .!!!!!! . 😎👍🙏🏾🚨…GOOD TEACHING . !!!!! . 🙏🏾…..

  40. Great instructional video as always.
    Please turn down the background music or leave it out completely, it's better for the viewer to concentrate on your content. Thx.

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