Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Kicking Drills


(upbeat music) – Woo! Wow! Do you want to perform kicks like that? Today we’re gonna give you
a few kicking drills in JKD, how Bruce Lee trains his kicks. The first kick, the first
drill we’re gonna give you is the clock drill. – Okay, clock drill, you
have to stand in the center. You imagine that you’re
in the middle of a clock and you’re looking at
12 o’clock, two o’clock, 3 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and 6 o’clock. Those are the positions
you’re going to kick. A straight kick would just come up here. That’s it. Inverted, now a lot of
people are not used to this so you could just turn and kick straight, if you’re not used to this kick. And three o’clock is actually
a low side kick here. That’s it. Four o’clock is the heel kick
and then the back six o’clock is basically a heel kick as well. It’s just a back kick,
but you’re just turning, making sure that your
hands are in this position, and you turn as you kick. Then you go on the left side. You’re gonna go on the left
side here straight, one. Two, that’s it. Three. Four. And then five is actually the six o’clock. So don’t get confused about the number when I say at five that’s
actually six o’clock on the clock. – So boom, boom, boom, boom,
five point and then five point. – Exactly
– Think of yourself as a clock – Again, we’re going to start it off. My hands are up. Don’t drop your hands. Hands are up. You go one, okay, good. Two. Three. Four. Five. Good… left side. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. – How many of these we
should do when we practice? – I would say, I don’t
know, 10 on each side. Because you need to keep it going. The whole idea is to get
used to those positions. If I’m here, sorry. If I’m here… trying to not
obstruct the camera angle, but if I’m here and then
there’s an opponent this way. I can immediately attack at that angle – Or I’m here.
– Or you’re here in the side. – Or I’m in the front. – Or in the front is just here. Those are easy.
– On this side. So you understand how to utilize your tool from whatever position rather
than trying to get in front of him and say, okay,
I gotta kick this way. No, it doesn’t always have to be that way. You never know, based off awareness and your area of comfort. You’re walking down the street and somebody were to move in on you– hopefully it’s never an attack, but don’t ever think that people
are always attacking you– it’s just here or it’s here. – From all directions. – It’s all directions,
but most importantly it helps structure your kicks. That’s why I like this drill in itself. You can do all of them:
one, two, three, four, five. Then you can continue with the speed when you start getting more involved. Rather than going, one Mississippi, two, I’ll go, one so that way it’s… rather than spending
a lot of time on that, I’m gonna go through all
of them much quicker. – Do want to demonstrate,
maybe in the center? – With good structure, though. Kick Bruce here. About here, here. – And if you do it in speed? – Little bit off balance, but, hey. You’re just trying to
get the fun out of it. – That’s the first drill. Another thing that you
can do is the same kicks but you actually train
with a training buddy, but do it in slow-mo. I find that with some accuracy because kicking always want to do it fast, want to do it powerful. But I actually improve
a lot when I actually kick slow and hit slow. See if you, me, you can demonstrate. – Yeah, so you’re partner’s standing in a right lead position and
all you do is stand stationary and you just look at your target. You go slowly to the groin,
the inside of the leg you shift and pivot the rear foot. As you shift and pivot, you’re
gonna use the hook kick. Good and then if I do the
outside, and this is for training, I’d just go outside. Alright, and then another
one is the side kick, low. But I’m being careful, right? All you’re doing– – You’re not trying to hurt your partner. – is getting in position. – And it’s actually not
as easy as that looks. When you kick slow, am I off balance? Your distance… you think
you can touch your friend, but oh, okay, my distance
is a little bit off. So it trains your distance judgment or it trains, also, your accuracy. Sometimes what I will do, also, I would maybe have them
out, okay, how do you feel? Am I tapping the right position? Very lightly, right? You can feel that so
practicing kicking slow. The third drill which is
the stationary extension. Same kind of kicks, but it’s, in a way, training the muscles, right, the strength, the tendons.
– Absolutely. – I’ll use this frame for support. You can use a chair. You can use, I don’t know, your partner if there’s nothing around. You grab onto the frame. You have a supporting foot. Now, you’re able to isolate what you need to do with this kick. You can fully extend. – And you’re working this part. – And if you want to position
your toes a little better, you’ll go here. – And how long would you hold this? How many seconds? – I would say about five seconds. Let’s say I do the side kick and I’m gonna go towards the camera here. I go: one, two.
– And you should feel it. – Three, four.
– You would feel it up here. – Feel it everywhere.
– Five. – You tighten this hand
up so you know that instead of feeling the pain here you’re gonna feel the pain here. It’s psychological. – You’re gonna feel pain everywhere. – Then you come back and
relax and then do it again. Boom. Two. Three. Four. And five. And that’s all you need,
we’ll come back down. You can do another one here. One, two, or you could do the
ball, three, four, and five. Good. – Then can be left leg, right leg? – Then you could do left leg and this time I’m gonna share the hook kicks. The hook kick would go here. Two. Three. Four. Five. – So you’re working on those, isolated your muscle on all those areas. – Yeah, otherwise your kicks
are gonna be sloppy, right? You’re gonna be like… You wanna be able to (straining). – Every single time.
– Really get it in there. – Strengthening of those
strength exercises like this, you’re going to strengthen this area and the structure of the leg and the kick. Again, this way. One of my favorites is,
again, bending this leg here. – And you hold that. – In JKD we believe it’s not so much how many techniques you know, how many kicks that we know. It’s the stuff behind each
technique, the substance. I’d rather have two or
three techniques and kicks, but a lot of qualities behind those kicks versus, oh, I know 200 kicks
but each of them is sloppy then it doesn’t do you any good. Practice those three drills. You can take these
principles, apply to any kick. Maybe you’re in TaeKwonDo,
maybe you’re in Karate, Thai Boxing, it really doesn’t matter. It’s the same drill that you can apply. The club drill, slow-mo, accuracy, and also stationary extension. Those are the three drills so
practice well and be careful. Remember, training partner,
it’s about getting good. It’s not about getting hurt. Practice carefully and comment
below if you have questions. And right now, go watch the next video.

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