Bruce Lee JKD Speed Training

(energetic music) – Bruce Lee Speed Training. Today, we’re gonna show you
some exercise and drills. Now, Bruce is known for
his speed, obviously. And today, we’re gonna show you, not just how to develop
that physical speed, but also the mental speed. A lot of people think Bruce
can move very, very fast, but it’s not just that, right, Sifu? – Right, a lot of it has to
do with the reaction time. So, when you’re recognizing a target, how quickly can you get to it? There’s a lot of, you
know, mind distractions that can interfere with that process. Obviously, if you’re
tired, if you’re exhausted, that slows down that reaction speed, so you’re not gonna be able
to hit that target in time. So, a lot of it has to do with breathing, relaxing as you’re hitting. So, one thing is visual awareness, initiation speed, alteration speed. All these things happen out all at once, so we can break it down. What I would suggest is
pairing off with a partner, he has two focus mitts. And Dan’s gonna hold these for me. And anytime I see that, that obviously, is a jab target or I could do a cross. So, if I see it, I can do a cross punch, just as long as I hit it. This is the point of the drill. It doesn’t matter what
kind of structure you have, as long as you’re hitting it. The idea is to, again,
recognizing what you see. So, he can either move the mitt, and it allows me to say,
“Oh, that’s my cue to hit.” All right, good, so
then, I pause, I relax. Oh, I hit it again, all right, good. Every time I see it, right? So, my eyes are wide open,
I’m focused on the target. Each time I see it, I’m hitting. (energetic music) And then, you just take your time, right? You don’t have to, you
know, go extreme here. But just get to the point where you’re, every time you see it, try to hit it, even before he finishes. It might not be solid target or surface while you’re hitting it, but the point is, when you see, you know, you’re trying to, again, increase your reaction
time, cut down the slowness, and hit the target at random. – That’s the first type of
speed, that’s a reaction speed. And I know that you, Sifu, you got a story when
you trained with Jerry. Bruce, what’s some of the things that he used to ask him
to do, come to the class? – Yes.
– Right. – So, in a class, he would discuss how Bruce Lee would have everybody line up. And he says, “Okay, what you’re going “to do now is hit in midair.” ‘Cause they’re not hitting
targets or anything like that. But they’ll line up, so
what Bruce Lee would do, he would actually step forward, and every time you saw that,
you would just throw a punch. So, it’ll give you a
recognition way of saying, “Okay, hey, he’s moving on, I had to hit.” And so, that way you’re able,
anytime I do this, you hit. – We’re training to
intercept the opponent, right?
– Correct. – So, Sifu, if you are facing this way, if I walk towards you, right? – Yeah, so if you moved on me, I could already be in my stance, right? And the idea is just
hit every time you move. Even before he finishes the step. Okay, you could do a jab. You know, you could do a cross punch. It doesn’t matter what it is. (energetic music) And then, say, “Okay, let’s do kicks now.” So, anytime he stepped
forward, you know, I’d kick. (energetic music) And you would break it up, so that way, you’re not setting the cadence too. So, I could do this, I
could just stand here. (energetic music) So, then, it’s a little different, right? So, that way, I’m already anticipating that you’re gonna go just by the time. It’s like, “I know where you’re going. “I know where you’re going.” – I might do sudden movement. – Yeah, if you do sudden movements, ’cause you wanna distract me. So, try to distract me. (energetic music) – Yep, that’s how you do
it, so reaction speed. One drill that I love to
do is when I watch TV, every time there’s
different change of scene, and I would move.
– Yeah. – It trains my reaction speed, as well. – I think that’s a great way to develop, and save time at the same time, if you’re changing channels. – Sometimes you can just train your– I’m hitting, but sometimes
I might just be like that. I’m watching TV, I’m like.
– Yeah. – Training my nervous system to react. When I see something, I’ll react. See something, I’ll react. – Yes.
– Right? So, that’s the first type
of speed, reaction speed. And the second one is awareness, right? – Yeah, the visual awareness, again, we’re talking about that. You were already recognizing targets and you hit it at random. So, if he gave me a straight kick, he would just put the mitt down, and then I would recognize
that to hit, right? Or he’d bring a hand
up this way, I hit it. And he can close up the mitt this way. So, that way I don’t know
what he’s gonna give me. So, every time he puts something out. You know, I’m just ready. (energetic music) And a lot of the training
you’ve been doing it just depends how quickly you can respond to things. Right, and again, he needs
to break up the cadence, so that way you get used
to not following a rhythm. But that way, it prepares your
body to just instantly hit. – And see, what we want to
focus the visual awareness is we see this point and we always wanna see what’s going
on here, as well, right? – It’s good to train your peripherals because if you can’t see this, then you gotta recognize what’s happening. A drill I like to share
with my students is– Okay, so let’s say, for instance, you’re gonna either put it here or here. Okay?
– Okay. And sometimes, dual partners won’t work because it confuses the heck out of you. But if you throw one punch
out that way, I hit there. So, I’m always focusing here, but each time I hit, I
hit wherever you’re at. (energetic music) – So, you can see, he
was focusing on here. But he was training on these. – I’m not going look, hit, look, hit. No, I’m just here, it’s
already there, boom. So, my hand’s already delivering by the time he’s there. – That’s awareness speed, it’s
mental, it’s still mental. And then, also, we have the
initiation speed, right, Sifu? – Initiation speed, just depending on how well you’re breathing. So, if you’re delivering
it with such tenseness, so for instance, I’m here, it’s telegraphing, I’m
getting to the target, you have to work on your initiation speed. So, if your hands are
here, this needs to relax. (energetic music) And just accelerate at the very end. And that’s what you need to do. All that all combines into one. Okay, and then, that way,
you can utilize all senses, so you can increase the speed. There’s some other great
ways of developing speed. And that’s getting your
muscles to recognize how quickly you need to advance on those. – Yeah, we’ll show you one drill now on how to develop that, also,
physical speed, as well. – Utilize some resistance
into what you’re doing. And that way you get a good workout, and you’re able to just make sure that, you know, you get enough resistance now. – And you can get these
resistant bands from like– – You can get them anywhere, yeah. This is just really neat that you can utilize these types of bands to your advantage. – And the good thing is when you’re doing these type of exercise, different than weight lifting, you’re working the right muscles, right? These are all the punching
muscles that we have, right? That you utilize. Right there. – Yeah, because if you start working on different types of
exercises, like the curl. – Which, do some, it’s okay. – Yeah, it is fine, but you wanna be able to practice on something that has to do with going forward, right? So, those resistance bands
work very well, okay? So, then, after that exercise,
you rest for a minute. And you throw it in
the air a couple times, or with a partner, you know? And that way, the speed
is actually working for you.
– Initiation speed. – So, that way it starts
working to your advantage by utilizing different pieces out there, such as, weight, resistance bands, pushups, whatever you can think of. – And there you go, and
there’s one last speed. And that’s the alteration speed. – Yes, how do you change
from one to another? If you’re used to throwing one punch, and ending there to try
to throw another one. It takes a long time to do that, right? – Bam, bam, bam, bam.
– You don’t have time. So, you have to be able to
change it up immediately. Putting the stop in one
in and going to another. So, it’s a matter of, you know, moving one way and throwing
the punch the other way. It’s like it’s going from
right to left immediately. And then, left to right, or down, or up. – A slow to fast.
– Exactly. So, if you’re doing this kind of a tactic, you need to work on the alteration speed. So, for instance, this drill. If we do it on this angle, so you can see. You do the back fist, it doesn’t go. No, you gotta be able to hit from here to here. So, you’re changing it
up from there to there. So, that way you’re able to
change it to one to the other. So, if we’re to do this
in application wise, I hit the guy in the head, right? So, if he does this, I go
boom, boom, right there. I don’t need to go boom, boom. Or I can literally do
this and just follow up. So, that’s how you would
apply it in reality. But this helps you develop to where you’re going from here to here. – Now you might think maybe
that’s not enough power. It’s not a power drill,
it’s not what this is about. It’s about making it very tight, right? You’re altering your speed. And also, the broken rhythm. Now, you have no watched
my broken rhythm video, make sure you click on the I button. Watch that broken rhythm video. We cover a lot about why
broken rhythm is important and how all that works. But for now, when you’re practicing, you can insert some of
that in here, right? – The challenge is developing
power within this much space. You have to work on this much space. And you’ll see what I’m talking about when you start training
that in tight quarters, then you have to understand how you can utilize that body to
your advantage, right? – Yes, and if you’re very tense, it won’t work.
– Right. – You will not be able to explode. You will not initiate speed. So, it’s not just how fast you move. A lot of people move fast, but they’re actually not that fast. – No, and it depends on, again, if they know how to time an opponent. You could use that to your advantage. But at the same time,
no, it almost looks fast. You’re right, but it really isn’t. – Isn’t that fast, or on the other hand, you have people who don’t move very fast. But actually, they can read
the opponent very fast. That’s to your advantage too. So, those are some of different exercise and drills for Bruce Lee,
what Bruce Lee used to do, and some of the speed training. Try them out, see how you like it. Maybe don’t try them all at once. Kind of isolate each speed. Say, you know what,
this month or this week, I’m gonna work on my alteration speed. Next month, I’m gonna work
on my initiation speed. Don’t try to do it all at once. One at a time, comment below. Let us know what questions you have. ‘Cause this is pretty advanced. – I would say so, yes,
it’s gonna take some time. So, just take pieces of what you can, and start developing yourself. And then, you can come
back with some questions, like Dan says, ask them. I don’t know what to really share with you if you don’t ask those questions. So, that’s the best thing you can do. – Yep, and give us a thumbs up. Check out all the other
videos on the right side. Right there, we have a long playlist. You can check it out and learn the basics. Don’t feel like, “I wanna
be fast, I wanna be fast.” It’s not about being fast. It’s about being good, right, Sifu? – (chuckles) Absolutely. – Until next time, my friend.

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  2. I love these videos, some of my favorites on YouTube…I practice certain things I learned on this channel every day. Not as much as I would like to, but some practice is better than no practice.

  3. One of the best videos you've made to date. Gave me idea to practice with a flashlight. I'll try to find an app for my phone which would enable me to have a random flash from my phone light

  4. My question would be about poor training partners. For instance I was taking a sword fencing class. And this guy would refuse to teach anyone what he did. He was some kind of competition guy who never got accepted into competitions so he was in my little community college as a teachers assistant. And he would just make contact and be a complete jerk after. He was always faster than everyone else and got entertainment out of creating confusion in others.
    When other people are already faster, practice speed training and have ways to do that without training. And they significantly and consistently grow. How do you grow faster than them and meet their pace. Or say you get around violent people in a bad area but they are on something.
    Example, when I was growing up I took some Isshinryu and it's basically just sparring. And you independently learn the info through just asking questions and independent study. So I could take hits well. Like Rocky Balboa. So this guy was drinking at a park I was walking through and 20 people surrounded me and he called me out to fight. I was like, sure. What ever. He had barely any power. Except he had this incredible shovel hook. Never left his body until a split second before he laid out a strike. And he hit me a couple of times by my eyes. Not painful. Just it was distracting enough to allow him to tackle me when I closed my eyes. The police were on there way and everyone left. I had a couple of cuts, nothing bad. Found out later he was some kind of drug dealer and gang member for the hells angels.
    He was insanely short, insanely fast and he never took a single martial arts class. Eventually he got locked up (because I made friends with people who knew him so I could remain aware).
    And these kinds of people fight each other. Use drugs to enhance their speed. Things I have no real desire to be around.
    How can I make sure I am faster than they are and how can I use this drill with blocking? Especially 5'1 guys who have a way to make their fists blend into their body so you have a difficult time tracking it?
    Thank you sifu.

  5. Alteration speed💪🤓 broken rthym were introduced into all aspects of my work out including my favorite hevy bag and jump rope

  6. Can i put the resistance band on my back while punching can i use that for shadowkickboxing I have hand weights to can I use the hand weights for that alternate it with resistance bands and hand weights

  7. Many alterations are to the point others take time to gauge proper distance and many make attempts to move in and out to seek hits i guess similarly to pendulum step can you demonstrate for us city to utilize a similar way to the uninitiated to the Jeetkundo stance?

  8. This is great. Love these videos with your sifu. Ocatvio should be in movies!!! I just started taking JKD for 4 months now. I am 58 and loving it. Reaction time…in tight close punching. I am just at the beginning stages and learning destructions and straight line punching. Some great tips on speed and how to punch too ….not being tight. I am learning that. THanks for posting!!!

  9. Thank you both so very much… I've been completely engulfed in the skill…technique…and knowledge you all have provided… This channel has brought back the desire to invest myself into truly learning first hand… So much so, that I'm convinced this is one of my many callings… Regained from childhood… Inspired like never before… You may see me in the near future? Many blessings… 🙏❤

  10. The lesson here to me is to stay out of trouble.
    Fighting is bad for one's helth. He who goes home at end of day ,lives to exist another day.
    Be like tiger ready to pounce on bad guy.

  11. hi sifu dan im abu huraira from pakistan rawalpindi im big fan of bruce lee and you sir im very crazy about martial arts and i also want to learn jkd but there is no school of jkd in pakistan so please dont stop making videos because i learn from those videos love you so much sir.

  12. My Jkd instrutor has mentioned to me about, moving or hitting while watching TV, hitting whenever the scence changes! Because of being in a wheelchair, i really feel that training this way will improve my reaction speed. Im gonna start today!! Thank you, both! – if you could do a video on jkd from a seated position, that would be geat!

  13. I wrote an article on cable training for KUNG FU MAGAZINE in 2005. In fact I introduced this training to your instructors sifu

  14. try watch thee movie called cripple avengers shaw brothers and watch that movie scene and you will see thee part of thee training scene thee deaf guy on a GIANT WHEEL spnning around fast and he punch right through thee GIANT WHEEL and BREAK thee jar clay and you will learn from that movie scene…i like that movie scene….

  15. Excellent advice I used it a street fight to intercept my opponent as he was coming at me, I punched his face and kicked him right in the old sisters I was winning until his 2 friends came from behind! Then I got dragged down and kicked a few times but I fought them off. Just need a video how to fight multiple attackers now hahaha

  16. The drop step Bruce adopted from Jack Dempsey will add more speed and power. It's exhausting watching Octavio leave out the drop step.

  17. Der sir, can only one lead stance could be carried out through the whole fight in jkd i.e. right or left?
    I always wanted to learn jkd but
    thanks to ur great video.
    Thanx sir

  18. Well, I'm a rind handed guy and when it's time to use my left hand it's too weak…Idk if I'm the only one like this 😅

  19. Hi dan, I'm a new viewer, love the videos. I've been a jkd fan 46 years. Saw a couple Bruce Lee movies when I was 8, and made my first nunchuks the next day. Have you made any videos on weapons training,and defense?

  20. Do you know if anyone teaches Jeet Kune Do in China? I teach English there for 10 months of the year and I'd like to learn a martial art. I ask because, but correct me if I'm wrong, Bruce Lee didn't invent Jeet Kune Do in China.

  21. Yo Dan, your videos are helping me so much as i dont have any kind of martial arts training on where i live.Much respect and love for you!

  22. I guess it’s just me but I found the movement jerky and unnatural.
    Bruce’s movement was so precise and natural looking. That’s just my advice. Still, I wish you the best in your endeavors.

  23. Using bands to punch out tends to damage some shoulder structures. I injured myself and after 6 months I am not 100% don’t use to much tension, it is not needed.

  24. Dan lok, just started watching your videos last week. Initially drawn in by the jkd, because I've trained with Sifu Dwayne Keller in Crystal River Florida…. Who was primarily trained by Ted Wong and Lamar Davis, among other's. I then started watching your "boss in a Bentley" series as well, and very much appreciate all the advice and truth.

    I'm very impressed with your Sifu. His bai-jong foot work is impeccable. Very good tips offered up on all fronts. Thank you for your efforts, sir.

  25. Shouldn't you keep your hands in motion because you react faster? Shouldn't you punch through the target? Shouldn't your torso be sideways to the target? Shouldn't your left hand be further back and your right hand further forward?

  26. Peace and blessings be upon you Dan. I've just discovered your videos, wow awesome, nice and easy to understand. Loving it! Keep up the great work. Kind regards Bruce Lee martial arts fan.

  27. jkd is an art that has set techniques based on kenetics and physics and how to use then body the best qway there is a best way to fight and by goingon the best prinicple of effiency and then build ur attributes of speed the 3 speeds then strenght and explosiveness and footwork and more foot work it comes down to this to use the hands and feet the best way and bruce lee was the greatest martail artist of all time absolute genuis in combat . jkd is offensive u hit hit and hit more and keep on hitting i stated trsing when i was 18 in ju jitsu and aikido and kenpo after 10 yrs of consant triaining i thought i could fight which i could but the not the best way i have trown out and empty my mind as i have now been in jkd under one of ted wongs stundents and ill tell u this i would rather have 4 punches that are razor sharp refined to perfectio n and foot work that flows and explodes and 2 or 3 kicks and a joint lock or 2 bob weev slip quick shift shulder roll and for just incase and trhe trasining priniclpes than 100000 techniques to a straight punch

  28. Why call it Bruce Lee speed training???Why not just call it speed traing???It doesn't matter who is doing it what matters is that it's done right..

  29. Alteration speed is the ability to change up your attack, BASED on how your opponent reacts. I understand your application of alteration speed, but it's really more about your ability to adapt like a shadow to your opponent. A drill I was hoping to see (that better explains alteration speed) would be the step – reaction drill. It's hard to apply but when you get it, it's great as I'm sure you know.

    As Lee has stated: JKD is the art of fighting without fighting. You adapt to your opponent like a shadow and compliment his attack with your own. Alteration speed (in a reactionary capacity) is one of the hardest things to do because you must remove anticipation. It's all pure reaction and adapting to the opponent. A good basic drill that you could of shown, would have been the one where you face your partner, both of you are in fighting stances. You are in kicking range to your partner, you take a step forward (to punching range) with your lead leg and deliver a low lead light punch to your partners midsection – deliberately telegraphing your action so your partner sees the attack. Your partner then either does nothing and takes the lightly applied hit to his midsection or reacts with a gan sao (downward outward block) to try to block your low punch. Again, if you step in to apply the low straight punch, and your partner does NOT block you, you must continue the punch with no hesitation, lightly hitting your partner's midsection. However, if he does the low downward block (gan sao) to block your punch, you step in (checking his lead leg with your lead leg moving into trapping range) using a left hand pin to his downward block and a swinging gate action with your punch (to dissolve his energy) and apply a lead backfist (open hand tap) to your partners head. Repeat the drill many times and switch and have your partner do the same to you.

    The goal of the drill is to develop your reaction and not anticipate. The drill teaches you to alter your attack when obstructed and hit when there is emptiness. Your partner may let you strike him a few times before he blocks you. You must learn to only react. It's not easy to do at first.

  30. I searched so many videos for this drill, but I couldn't find any. But now I have just got the right one, thank you Dan!! A great video

  31. these are good videos but his speed and power came from his wing chun training. its literally where he learned to strike.

  32. That's not speed training that's developing reaction time…. hand and foot speed is developing the speed of the hand and foot….. power-hitting is how to develop, power in kicking and hitting… in boxing they have the speed bag for Speed and the heavy bag for power!

  33. Great videos, very helpful. This particular pendulum move should come naturally to footballers and dancers alike,. All you need to do is translate it to fighting.


  35. I appreciate these videos because of the details that are enclosed in them. Also, the positivity of Dan Lok after every season and the challenge he gives you by sayin “hey try this”. Really amazing stuff! 👏🏽

  36. Dear Dan
    As a martial art lover.
    I sincerely invite you to get to know the invincible white crane Kung Fu. The original of wing chin

  37. Dan Lok great video once again. You are a great help, thanks for the great tips. One day wish to learn from you or one of your instructors

  38. I'm a huge Bruce Lee fan I wish I would have been able to have met him and trained with him and I'm glad you guys are doing these bids because a lot of what he has talked I can I can see you guys know what you're doing and you're showing a lot of stuff that never even occurred to me

  39. So non telegraph and intercepting are 2 different things one must accomplish in JKD or in any Martial arts, it's necessary!

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