Bruce Lee JKD Blocking Techniques

(upbeat music) Bruce Lee’s JKD, Jeet Kune
Do blocking techniques. Now see why I almost find
it funny when I say blocking cause Jeet Kune Do’s
kind of like an assault and an offensive art
– Yeah. – Right, it’s not a philosophy. We don’t do a lot of blocking. Not that blocking is bad
– Correct. – It’s just the main philosophy of JKD is to end a fight as quickly as possible as direct as possible.
– Correct. – But in case, we still
need to train how to defend and we see that in other techniques. So what are some of the
blocking techniques in JKD? – In blocking, and as you said, it’s an offensive art. So you’re hitting on every single motion. In all actuality, there is no blocking
– Yeah. – However, you change that
method because a block feels (loud smack) like rigid stop, right. You’re stopping some momentum with force. Now we utilize force and
use that against opponents, so it’s usually a parry is more effective or divert the energy is
how we would discuss it. Divert the pressure. So if there was a punch, as an
example, you throw one punch. We’re not going here, right. Or we’re not going here. Now a lot of different methods out there, they talk about that’s effective because you’re hitting pressure points
– Yeah. – That’s very good, however,
in a sense of what we’re doing, we’re just trying to adapt staying fluid and continue hitting. So a great way to look at this is if I did strike this way, Dan has the opening right here. He sees it, he’s gonna
fire right to the body. Okay, in fact, you can keep it so smooth, that for example, he throws that punch, I block it, he hits right
here, right up against my arm. I’m sorry deflecting
– Oh deflecting okay. – Yeah, so you’re
deflecting on the inside. – This way.
– Yeah. That’s right there. And all he did is adapt to it. He just went around it
– Without enough sticking, if I hit and go here
– Boom. – [Dan] Right there. – And it’s right there, so
you imagine when we’re talking about be water my friend. You’re always saying that
at the end of your clips. You’re being like water. You’re going around that rock. – You’re flowing through,
you’re find cracks (Dan breaths heavily through teeth) You go in
– Yeah and And you’re maintaining the focus point by again, diverting the
energy, he ends up getting hit. Now I can do the same thing. Let’s say, I intended him to attack me. – The second.
– Right cause if I throw a punch, he’s responding and I can do the exact same thing. So we can look at it from both angles. But if I was a bit slower and
he has better sensitivity, he finds it and I get hit. So you can see how he
just ends up hitting me. You just hit, so as
far as another defense, or another diversion
– See this angle. Right.
– Yeah. So if you can see that,
you throw the punch. And this is my parry. You don’t wanna leave the
perimeter of the body, it’s just right here, just enough, okay. And if that’s the case, I’m just parrying and I can hit right back. Now that’s one, two motion. What I don’t want to do is
be use to doing the parry. Instead, I’d rather just hit. – So hit at the first beat. – Correct
– Yeah, so we might train like this, but really it’s… – Yeah, it’s just straight on through. So my block is actually the arm. – Yep.
– Yeah, it’s the hit. So it’s right here. So instead of me going
one, two or one, two. I’m going one. – Right there.
– Yeah. Just one, boom – And then see at this point
hitting from the outside, right
– Yeah. – Cutting in, then cutting in Now see with the body
mechanics, so this is important cause this is a wing chun structure, right
– Yes. – So this is elbow in. So see if we do it wrong, what happens. – I still get hit. – You can see that, see if
the elbow is up this way like a typical jab then you get hit. And that’s also why we hit with vertical fist, right.
– Right. – Or slightly turned this way. – Yeah depends on who has
the longer arm at that reach because if Dan didn’t have the longer arm, I get hit, if I did, I might be lucky, but Dan has a good base to where he’s just gonna move forward with that and he’s gonna step forward. He’s gonna dissipate this hand. But if I wanted my structure to be good, I control it on the way in. – Yeah right there. – Okay, if he threw a long punch and I’m throwing a long punch, I
can go right over it, okay. But let’s say you threw the rear punch. Again, I’m doing the exact
same thing, I’m punching. My block is this sword, okay. I’m going here, then cut. He does the other hand, same thing. Okay, now it depends on where
you’re going with this too. I mean you can literally
go on the top for leverage or on the inside to deflect. He throws another punch, same thing. And he throws another punch,
I can be on the outside. So here’s what I see is you got two arms, you
can hit on the inside, you can hit on the outside
– Yeah. – Okay, on either angle and
that’s where you find it. You just throw the punch here, here, here or here
– And you see what structure here, the end when the punch is coming forward
– Right. – You can see the camera. The energy is getting deflected. So it’s not a, (Dan hit
arm lightly) like that. It’s that. And also common mistakes I
see people make, sometimes they’re thinking about, Oh I’m gonna deflect.
– Right. – No, you’re thinking about hitting. It happens to deflect. You’re not thinking of,
I’m trying to do this, I’m trying to do that. No, no, it’s still a hit.
– Right. – Very, very common mistake.
– Yeah, so yeah, the title may say blocking,
but it’s not blocking. It’s to introduce to you
what Jeet Kune Do is about. It’s not to block, it’s to hit.
– To hit. Find an opening and just be like water. So what about something on low end, if someone like throws
an upper cut or like… – So depending on how, I mean
– Like a low punch – you’re reaction is gonna determine how that’s going to deflect. So if you threw that low punch, I may deflect in here and
just come right back and hit. Now if I had a good base
and I saw that coming, you know, I could probably stop it and still hit if he’s hitting low. I mean to do something
like this is you’re turning a little bit more in basis of, okay I’m gonna block the guy, okay, or I’m going to meet with him. But if you looked at it this way, same time, okay.
– There. – That’s how you would work on it. This requires a little
bit of the tools here. And if you wanted to
talk about four corners, the wing chun structure is here right.
– Yeah. – And they look at it from here and they got the high gate, the
low gate, front, and rear, or as in Jeet Kune Do, it kind of blades. Just a little different.
– Yeah, yeah. So when they’re practicing at first, what’s the first step in terms of, like if they’re practicing with a partner or even a wooden dummy, whatever it is. Do they just practice this
first to kind of get it down? And then second stage, you can learn how to…
– Yeah, what I would recommend is your partner can actually feed the punches
– Just say this is a wooden dummy
– Yeah, yeah, I mean, you can literally start from here and use this as a cross parry, right, and to help you deflect on the inside. You throw that one punch,
I’m just gonna guide it back this way and I hit towards your nose.
– And do it slow. Do it slow, don’t… – Here.
– Right. – Here, this is a good way of you getting use to using two hands
at once, so that way… – And this is the main hand. This is the main hand that’s doing the reflecting, not this one. This is just like a backup. Very very critical. Right, you can jut si vu right there. – Okay.
– Right. – This is just a drill.
– Yeah. – Getting use to finding the
deflection on the inside. – Yeah, so I’m punching the center line. You can see I’m punching
the center line, right, so as a training partner,
I’m not trying to punch on this side cause that’ll
be a bad partner, right. I’m punching in the middle.
– Right. I’m punching in the middle. I’m punching the middle,
so your shifu here, you’re training partner has to deflect. Right, has to deflect. – This is the best way
to start learning how to deflect on the inside. If he hits, I can off step that. Okay, now, how often are
you gonna find somebody throwing the straight
punch, not very often, but it starts making you better. It starts making you more edgy, so if he did threw maybe a
curve, you do the same thing, just stepping off to the side and just follow up with this one, okay. So if he is good at throwing
that punch, it’s the same idea. If he does a straight
punch (hits arms lightly), – It’s just tight
– This one works, it’s just much tighter
– it’s tight. – Making it much more
effective in the way you strike on somebody throwing a punch.
– Yeah. – You find the opening from a distance. You recognize those and you’ll find it. – Yeah, so there you go. That’s the Bruce Lee’s
JKD blocking techniques or when the philosophies of blocking and the defense and
offense, so practice this, but also understand why
we do it a certain way. It’s always an attack. Everything that we do. We always try to find the opening, because we don’t want to drag on too long. One, two, three. The longer we drag on, the more dangerous it is, right.
– Right, right. – The more risk that we take on. So comment below. Let us know what questions that you have. Hit the subscribe
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  2. If possible, can we see a view from above to better understand the centerline of the body? I saw an image in my mind of you two while you went through the moves. I have done some videography before in a former life, and I think adding the view from above would/could be visually effective.

  3. Well, is it strange that I feel the concept is exactly the same as in the historical fencing in any region/martial art? The concept of defending and attacking the central line, maintaining it, ,,being like a water" and defend yourself as you attack?

  4. Man this looks good ,what's JKD ? Can I also join to have creditcards back or shall show you how to get business ?

  5. I think Bruce was onto something when he created Jkd. Use what's effective and disregard what's not. Since fighting styles and techniques are evolving, a serious fighter or someone who's concerned about self defense should learn as many combative styles they can, and absorb the effective moves while forsaking the bullshit ineffective ones.

  6. Vertical punching open up many possibilities to hit and using of techniques allow more opening on the opponent. Best defense is not to do the defense or block, in fact the fastest attack is the defense without having to defense.

  7. 4:21 that not a jab, that is more like an overhand. It a slow punch that will pass through your guard and hit you in the face if you can combind it with head movement.

  8. Dan. Could you make a video how to defend yourself from a takedown. Like someone trying tackle you, football style

  9. From what I see JKD is a philosophy. The whole idea of be water is a concept. There are very few techniques that cannot be found in other arts. I see the concept of broken tempo to be useful but the striking shown comes from other arts. JKD is more philosophical than other arts because it is not about techniques but how they are applied.

  10. didn't expect such amazing martial arts coverage on your business channel! but this is the truth. very well explained and I like how you continued to bring up things that most people make mistakes with. appreciate it man keep it up.

  11. Currently I cannot afford to go and be taught a martial arts so i am currently just researching and trying to teach my self, my favorite martial arts for so long was wing Chung, but I'm starting to like jkd more, thanks for the videos they are really helpful

  12. This is awesome. Please keep making more in depth videos. Once I start watching I can't stop. Bruce would be proud?

  13. Dan love the video PLEASE come up a online video teaching course. We love to learn!!! My dad was a martial artist and I want to learn Bruce Lee is one of my heroes.

  14. Hopefully you don't get that close to your opponent, but if you do, "have NO limitation as your limitation" = use your legs & knees! Don't limit yourself to hands only, YOU HAVE AN ARSENAL, USE THIS ARSENAL! EXACTLY AS DAN SAID, "WE DON'T WANT TO DRAG ON…" Think about your LEGS & KNEES. Opponent steps in to punch = kick him in the knee or groin…

  15. My take on this is that it focused on the same concepts found in Wing Chun. Like overly much. I seen this with Inosanto as well with the straight stance and pseudo Chi Sao which means it will generally fail just like all other drills that teach this kind nonsense because of focus on slap deflection.

    When you watch Bruce Lee's 1967 Long Beach spar footage, he does 2 things: South Paw and South Paw counters besides various kicks. He also does takedowns. The closest thing we'll ever see of his version of JKD.

    Put plainly, what I see is WC being presented as something it's not, from the stances to the drills.

  16. Dan lok, If i practice These your lessons, all of them. Can i really improve, its Time to find out and i Will mix all of your kick lessons and all of that the lessons that you are teaching here. Ill make my own way of fighting. And i do boxing with many coaches. Ill discover what im capable of

  17. Wow! It's a good thing that people like me who has no training in martial arts get to see great tips like this. I was watching bruce lee's movies and I saw this video on my recommended feed. I checked on it and it's worth my time. Thanks.


  19. I love these instructions…Although i haven't been engaged in a real street fight but a million thanks…

  20. "Blocking'' is really meeting the force or following the force-most specifically an attempted blow, and using the opponent's energy against him, am I correct? I've used mostly JKD working in 2 prisons and 2 jails, in hundreds of encounters! Never lost! My only other use was planting myself to the floor to throw inmates sometimes, some Aikido. Fighting spaces can be very tight and it all has to look good on camera, ha ha! Thank you for what you do! I'm a disabled military veteran now, relearning what works for me.

  21. Dude your rear hand can easily be used to disable that second punch and still be quick enough to move back to the on guard position…. Not that I know anything lol.

  22. The Old Wing Chun Blocking techniques '' Don't work on Western People because they are Bigger !! Sijo Bruce change the Wing Chun techniques to fix the Western Body types

  23. Sir i love watching your vids.i love martial arts.but i cant realy use my right hand for defense or for attack.its like one arm and two legs

  24. Hey Dan Lok,thanks for uploading all these JKD videos and the techniques,the way JKD is set up,I'm learning this martial art slowly but I do it for the love of Bruce Lee and my passion for Martial Arts in general,and again…thanks for doing this,love u man.☺??

  25. I like to block from inside n throw other hands outside.there is no chance to hit us even our power is less for blocking.taekwondo or karate basic blocks.n little same as this vedieos last time.from inside to throw other hand outside.

  26. Block n hit together is best.thanks us teaching n researching n practising.martail arts.for good people.

  27. There's no way to tell how a punch will land! It may look as sth you can counter with a vertical fist but then changes to an overhand cross right before the impact. Problem with Bruce was that most of what he knew went straight to the grave with him. What you're showing here are merely some ideas left behind in the development process >>> it's imperative to know them but then we must transform them as we grow to understand the real JKD. You have much to learn grasshopper…

  28. I’m so glad you have explained this technique it was one of my favorites for years. A lot of martial artist never use this.

    Thank you


  29. Dan this video was so informative, and beyond helpful. Thank you! May God bless you, your financial success, and absolutely your art! Thank you brother! Namaste.

  30. I like this a lot after studying Aikido for 9 years I'm finally starting to understand how angles work I also studied Wing Chun for a little bit I see the difference between j k d and Wing Chun my first art was Taekwondo and I've done that for 10 years under very respected masters from Korea I totally see the validity to what you're saying and my Taekwondo teacher says all the time don't block and people who dont understand Aikido ,think that the Blends are blocks but they're not blocks their blends in other words you're keeping your space in your own time which breaks their balance by bending your knees and timing it with your Center I get really frustrated when people tell me that they only do one art because to understand the concepts is to understand all the Arts and even though you don't understand all the martial arts literally you can understand the concepts and how it was all put together and when those Concepts make sense then sparring makes sense however you choose to do it☺

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