Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Side Kick


(loud crash) – Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do sidekick. You asked for it and here it is. Now, sidekick is one of the most powerful kicking techniques in the art of JKD. The reason for it is
because your using your whole body weight going
towards the opponent. You watch the Enter the Dragon, you watch the Return of
Dragon from Bruce’s movie, how he sends someone
flying with the sidekick, is one of Bruce Lee’s signature kicks. It’s also one of the most
difficult kicks to master and I’ll explain why and also
what are some of the body mechanics that you need
to be aware of today. (grunting) (hip hop music) So first let me just show
you, how do you do that. Now there are actually three
types of sidekicks in JKD. Let me show you the
most powerful one first and then I’ll show you the other two, is less powerful, but I
believe it’s actually more practical and more applicable
to what we wanna do. So with the sidekick, you can see to generate power, you
want to have your full body going towards the target. So as Shin is holding a
pad, something like this, you probably don’t want to kick here, you wanna kick somewhere
the energy like that. Now, obviously, it’s not
like when we are fighting or sparring, you’re gonna fly and jump in and do all of that, but
it’s a good way to practice, see if you can kick with power. Just full power, overkill motion, exaggerate so you can send someone flying and have all your body weight. You’re learning to transfer your body weight to the target. Later on, when you’re
better, you’re not gonna jump from here and do all of
that, you’ll be probably from here, it’s more
like that kind of motion, but for now it’s okay,
you’re learning to do that. So here’s a technique. From here you will take your rear foot, cross behind, cross behind. You don’t cross in front. Sometimes you do it here, but for now, just learn it behind. From here, you notice
my heel, it’s up, okay? Notice my heel is up, you can see that, heel is up. So as I jumped, this goes in, imagine, so Jack, join me so you can see. Jack has got three years
of Tai boxing experience, but sidekick is new to you, right? You do it with the shin kick. So it’s fun kicking those, but this is new, which is perfect, ’cause then I can also show
you how it’s done properly. So try that, Jack, from here, yeah, and then you lift this up. Imagine almost your knee
wanna touch your chest. Just do this motion first. So just for now, all I
want you to do is this. Yeah, try that again. Don’t kick, yeah, just like that. Try that. So you wanna practice this a lot. So if I’m looking the camera, I’m facing you, right, you’ll see here, see how this lift? It’s this high, this high. So it would look something like this, from here, just like that, see? See my body? Like that, try that. Okay, try that. Yeah. Then after you this, this, then when you extend the foot, from here, you put all your energy. It’s like imagine making a circle. Boom, like that. So from here, boom, see that? See my body? It’s contract and then expand. So it is not push. It’s not a push. That’s wrong. It’s contract and bam, expand. Exaggerated, right? Whoo, bam. The energy. And you let all the energy,
your weight, going forward. Right? Going forward. So imagine it’s a ball, you contract, and boom, explode, right? Try that. – So just kick all the way in? – Yeah, all the way in. Give it, I say 30, 40% power, forget about power first. Yes. Try again. Yeah. Yeah, slow down. Take your time, take your time. Shh, take your time. Yeah, try again. And make sure when you’re kicking, it’s the heel of your foot. The heel of your foot, you’re driving in, so you’re driving in, so not here, the heel. Nice. Try that again. Not bad. Your partner, who’s holding the shield, don’t hold it in, jus let
it relax and let it go. Ideally, if you can time your weight, sometimes you cannot
always hit it that bang on, but if you time your weight as you this, drop, it hits at the same time. So, as this, drop, this
hits at the same time. ‘Cause then you’ll let your body weight hit at the same time, right? So maybe lower. Better? That’s a good one. So as a partner, you can
tell, mmm, that one was good or that one wasn’t good, right? Try a couple more. – [Ishin] Better. – Yeah, that’s good, so he can feel that. And now, when you extend your leg, imagine you’re kicking
through the guy, okay? Not just, forget this part, imagine you’re actually kicking this part. And then you just relax,
right, relax, boom, right? Relax, right. Just relax. And look at my motion,
it’s not very (crashing). It’s like water, right? It’s like imagine throwing
a bucket of water, like that. (crashing) Good, better. Relax a little more. That’s better. That one’s pretty good. Yeah, make sure, jump. – Okay. – Now widen the lens a bit, let me show you how much
distance you could cover. Can you see me okay? Okay, so watch. So how far, you can see from the movie, see how far? Almost four steps, right? So imagine I’m here, this far, I take a step forward. From here, see how much
distance he covers? From here, how much
distance he could cover. That’s why this is the power, you think with that far he can’t touch me, but actually, I’m there already. (yelling) (grunting) (hip hop music) (grunting) (audience gasping) (loud crashing) One more time. – Right here? – Yup. It’s a little bit harder
for accuracy, right? – Yeah. – Try that again. Better, one more. Good. So that’s the first with
the jump step, sidekick. Now, the second sidekick
that you could do, which is more practical,
once you get used to this, the power, the bow and mechanic, you learn how to use the hip. Now, we wanna do it
from a closer distance. Now this sidekick, we’re not doing this. We’re simply lifting and
kicking at the same time. So look at my hip motion, right? So I’m lifting and I’m
kicking at the same time, at the same time I’m
turning the ball of my foot. The ball of my foot, see that? See that. Okay, so I’m here, like that. So from here, like that. Now why is it so good? This could be a, you’re
doing your technique, right, from here, you can just kick, or as he’s coming forward,
you can just stop, it’s like a stop kick. So up, boom, just like that. Right, just boom, like that. Try that. – So just lift and kick, right? – Yeah, it’s lift and then do it.
– Do the sidekick. – Yes, try that again. It’s not an easy kick. It’s very hard. Yeah, and almost feel
like you are lifting up– – Lifting up and then
sliding forward, right? – Just boom, yeah, see how
my momentum is like that. Good, one more time. So application-wise, application-wise, so here, when someone attacks, this, he’s not wearing anything, ’cause I’ve actually kicked someone that I spar with, I
broke his rib one time, so I’m very careful with this. When you’re practicing
be very, very careful, ’cause this stuff, if you’re like, how many pounds are you, Jack? – 190. – 190, right, you kick someone with power, it could be two, 300 pounds, so be very, very careful
when you’re practicing. So when I practice, if
he’s not wearing anything, I just tap, right? So try again. Right, one more time. All right, one more time. Now, sometimes this, again, from here, he would think you might
not be able to kick from this distance, but
actually you could, right? Could be the ribs. Could be also here to stop him, right? Of course, stop kick. So that’s the second kick,
it’s a shorter distance, more explosive. The third one, which is the well-known stop kick in JKD, (speaking
in foreign language). This is not so much a
kick, it’s more a stop. So we don’t have as much retract motion, we just kind of lift our leg up. Now, some people like
to do it the sideway, I show it to you. They like to do it the sideway like that. I don’t like that, ’cause
I find that when I do this, come, it takes a long time to recover. That’s just my own experience. I much prefer, if you put it on the shin, yeah, so some people would do it like that and then they come back this way. I much prefer do the 45. My foot is 45. See, it’s 45. And notice this, I’m not bending my knees, it’s just like there. It just stops. So he comes forward, boom, just stops him and then you kick, just like that. So without this, so slow, it’s just to stop him,
right, one more time. And see my energy is solely forward. Forward. Forward, okay. Try that. Be very careful. Just on the shin, yeah – Head on, face to face? – Yeah, face to face. So you can just do the side,
yeah, it doesn’t matter. Right foot forward, yeah. No, with 45. Right foot forward. Right foot forward. Yeah. We’re not even trying to push. It’s just, imagine sticking
something right here. – Okay, forward. – Yeah, try that. No, it’s almost a bit too close. So give him a little bit more distance, little bit more distance. Comes forward. It’s a good kick–
– Late on your foot? – Yes. But mainly still much, it’s the heel. Good, one more time. So it takes a lot, so you have the heavy power kick, you have kind of somewhere in the middle. You could finish below
but you have to stop kick, which also takes a lot of practice. So it’s more, see your body weight, if I do the stop kick, he comes forward, it’s very little. So this doesn’t move that much, right? It doesn’t move that much and you can do your thing. So that’s the sidekick in JKD, so it’s not just what
you see in the movie. When it comes to
application, different ways you can practice. Best way to practice is
with something like this, a shield with a partner, because the partner can give you feedback. Are you doing good? Are you not doing good? For accuracy you can have
one of those focus pad, and have them kick
something like this, right? And then you can practice
accuracy, your speed, your snappiness, right? Bruce liked to talk about the snappiness. You gotta snap the kick. (clapping) From there, hit the heavy
back for power, right? And then also practice with a partner and do all of that. And that’s it, that’s the
Bruce Lee’s JKD sidekick. Make sure you click on
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maybe there are other kicks that you wanna see, let me
know when you practice this sidekick, what are some
of the questions you have, comment below, then
I’ll see if I can cover that in the future videos as well. Until next time, be water, my friend. – Be water, my friend.

100 Replies to “Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Side Kick

  1. SIFU LOK.. Very good video.THX for the teaching. I thought my side kick was good. After your details demonstration. I learned more. 👍

  2. Love it but this was actually one of the first kicks I learn from Bruce but some of the other variety of kicks Bruce was able to execute are the ones I've been trying to rediscover.

  3. These are GREAT lessens!!!

    I love how you break it down for us, and the length of the video is long enough for you to break it down the best way. It give us enough time to learn a lot.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  4. i love all your videos on kung fu. But i dont understand one thing. why do u make that 'shuusssh' sound while kicking or punching

  5. Do you focus on any physical fitness aspects of Bruce’s legacy, and stretching for higher kicks? Technique and fitness to execute went hand in hand, and Bruce said “If you don’t have a strong core, you have no business fighting”.

  6. Love your videos Dan. Dont know much on marshal arts but wing chun. JkD be cool to learn. Though I am out of shape and cant afford to go to classes. Its still cool to watch. Think yours a pretty good teacher.

  7. Im my opinion and this is just my opinion and through my expierience using this kick in my street fight days. This is more like a back kick rather than a side kick. Similar to the 80's arcade game double dragon II the revenge.

  8. at 7:33 Bruce does not even seem to be standing on his back foot, it looks like he's jumping off his kicking foot into the kick.

  9. Thanks dan learn a lot didnt know that the side kick when using for defence was so damaging i always though it was just to stop the dude now i know that even this from of defence is a attack no wonder bruce call it way of intercepting fist

  10. Also learn one new knowledge i have always wonder how bruce kick so near yet so much power so the side kick is not a push but a spring you contract then expand wow thanks dan

  11. I totally love your videos, although the way it was also performed by Bruce was that the heel pointed to the target first, which allows you to use the glute muscle. I feel that the way demonstrated was leaning a bit more to the Japanese way of performing the side kick. Awesome videos though and thanks for sharing.

  12. Dan is the only guy (in my opinion) that can emulate each movement almost like Bruce. Its like watching the Dragon drilling in 2018. He (Brice Lee) was my first intructor, who taught me how to kick, just by watching his movies. I was 7 Years old. Thanks Dan for your knowledge and for keeping his legacy alive.

  13. Nice video. My only concern is that your brake or low kick technique in the end is a bit dangerous even if master that technique.

  14. Very good sidekick lesson sidekicks seem to be neglected today I have ended altercations with one sidekick. It's good to have in your arsenal

  15. Dear Dan, inspiring videos and definitely one of the most powerful sidekicks I've seen. I have a question cause I developed that kind of side kick for myself quite some time, but I'm not sure what is the better technique to combine power and speed. When you show at 4:23 how to contract and extend you body, it seems that your whole body has a little twist at around thirty degrees. The following sequence at around 4:28 it seems that your whole body has not that twist and is more of a natural side kick stance., also at 10:27. I tend to think that for more power and speed the little twist at around 30 degrees is better, cause you extend like a spiral afterwards, but in a lot of cases (what I have seen in different side kick tutorial videos) it comes with the danger of making a back kick and losing body control. What is the better way in your eyes, twisting your body also around 30 or 45 degrees or try not to twist your body and being straight parallel to your partner? Thanks for your advice, Carsten

  16. I did it the same way 20 years long till i found the last evolution of Bruce's way of JKD. And i can tell you, it is something kompletly different. The Power, Speed and execution is not from this world, really awesome.

  17. so e of the best kid vids on YouTube. Wondering how Bruce Lee may have influenced you in your business dealings.

  18. Thanks a lot for the video! Do you have any plan for making a video about how to increase the speed of the kick ( of all types of kicks ) so that it is harder for the opponet to see it coming?

  19. Great vids Sifu. I always remember a TKD seminar where the side kick was described as drawing the letter C from resting and flowing up to the target. After trying this it seemed much more powerful than a hinge technique for that type of kick and felt less back force to yourself upon impact.

  20. Did this by accident once in a school fight. I got bullied a lot and my only experience in martial arts was 4 weeks taekwondo and lots of my dads bruce lee vhs's. Guy fell back and on his butt very effective. Now that im older i suck at it. Lot more mass moving around got to find my rythum again or we just become bags of dirt. This video helps a lot though the contraction explaination helps with larger bodies if you pull more in like a spring range has to be experimented with. Im not tall btw just not used to being broad.

  21. Hey I want to ask you what is your opinion, which kick is more powerful: this one – a stepping side kick or 360 spinning back kick (with additional step) like Cung Le and Joe Rogan doing?

  22. I'm curious about what if a person who is going to be hit know that you are gonna make this kick and then he moved side position in order to avoid your hit and u missed it, are you still control or slip away through own speed especially a speed with a bit far from opponent?

  23. I was obsessed with the side-kick as a teen, I ended up running 2 martial arts clubs. The only thing I would add, if I may, in a full power side kick your body should be turned so you see it with one eye…on the kick side of course. Great stuff Dan!

  24. The real secret to this kick, once you've mastered the basic mechanics is to land your kick before your other foot lands on the floor. Watch Bruce's footage executing this kick on the heavy bag in his backyard in slow motion. You'll notice his foot lands almost simultaneously, but just milliseconds after the kick hits the target. Easier said than done, but worth mentioning.

  25. This is very similar to the joe rogan side kick. Knee up and stomp down with the kick and finish straight. The muay thai guy wasn't doing it right, he had his knee down and was kicking upwards losing a lot power in that kick.

  26. Hey Dan.. I'm from India.. And I love jkd..and only art I used to practice.. So can you give me details for any practical books for jkd..love your videos…

  27. Hello. Do you know Yoseikan budo from the founder Hiroo Mochizuki. IT also martial Art without limitation .and is very quick .IT is the Most interesting martial Art After jeet kune do. But is Hard for me to explain you in englisch. Know i learn from your Videos 🙂

  28. I found the taller guys lacking arm movement to really position his center of gravity properly for a better side kick. Oh and your low 45 degree side kick lacks power since the butt muscle and waist isn't used in delivering the kick with power thus must be kept at 90 or closer.

  29. Good stuff. Respect. Your very good. But your back leg should not cross the the front of the leg that looks wrong to me. But I do like you and all your videos keep up the good work sifu.

  30. TKD is the same, it is a very powerful kick, even without the side step, just let someone come to you and go from toes-heals snap the hip and launch your entire weight forward, I did that to a new shot who tried to spar with me in school saying I had a weak punch, maybe I did then, now he came to TKD class I smiled and he came like a bull in a china shop and straight to his central mass of the chest cracking his sternum like under CPR and never had t o move except twist and drive forward, no side step to increase the power or it would of seriously harmed him and he was a friend.

  31. I noticed the big guy wasn't getting as much torque in his kick. It seems like Bruce's landing of the back foot is on the toes but transfers to the heel as the lead foot is extending. The big guy seemed to keep his weight on his toes to spring himself into the kick instead of switching the weight to ground himself in the heel. From that it appeared to absorb the torque more than it was supplying any extra power making him exert more energy and get around 35%+ less effectiveness out of the attack. Am I on point here?

  32. I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of Dan Lok ads on FB. Not even sure what he’s advertising as I skim right past them. Now I go to look up some JKD techniques on YouTube and come across Dan Lok’s videos – which are actually quite good! And I teach JKD. Hmm, maybe now I’ll have to check out his FB Ad next time I see it, lol!

  33. This helped improve my side kicks in 30 seconds. From my fighting experience I ensure that kicks are more effective than punches

  34. GOOD ANALYSIS ❤️.!!!!! . THAT MOST KARATE ARTS LACK .!!!! .BE WATER 💦, MY FREND .!!!!! .😎❤️👍🙏🏾😳….THE POWER IS IN THE ENERGY U PUT IN .!!!!! .📚📖📚🙏🏾…..

  35. The coolest billionaire to take the time to share your jkd for free, like Bruce was doing. I try to show family and close friends this, usually have to argue with their egos but its worth it, plus their egos don't have anything to say during sparring haha

  36. im such and idiot i thought i was going to learn it like that!but it does take time to practice and i will get better!

  37. I’m sorry but don’t agree with that at all,first off all sidekick is way better off side stance as so much quicker less telegraphed,plus that step behind is awful way teaching it as any good kickboxer will spot it and catch you when your off balance its poor technique,and chamber off sidekick to far out to the side not protecting yourself if someone rushes in on you,and reality off Bruce lee long sidekick far away isn’t really going to work against anyone good,so better to shuffle sidekick,

  38. Damn I didn't realize he gets All the way Completely up in their shit! This just took my sidekick to whole new level, thanks!

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