Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do – The Hook Punch

58 Replies to “Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do – The Hook Punch

  1. Do you know the different kinds of Bruce Lee JKD Hook Punches?
    Watch this video for 3 great examples of JKD Hook Punches and share your insights below that you got from this video

  2. You really over delivered on this video. Spot on too. You seen the session I did with Bob right. If not I will share with you. Great video Dan ?

  3. Dan, thanks for spending the time to make these super informative and detailed videos. The bonus info on the feet was extremely helpful.

  4. I've trained judo,brazilian ju-jitsu for years,but still always impressed to see art of JKD ,and Bruce Lee philosophy.Nice moves,Dan

  5. Very good breakdown of the angle that the knuckles are striking at, I never paid any attention to the horizontal versus vertical impact of the knuckles, also I would have swung out wider so I am glad you pointed out the centerline principle and the economy of motion. I studied about a year of TKD then just started Kenpo and did 6 months worth. That was about 30 years ago! I want to go back into this. Dan I think you need one of those 600 pound bags Bruce used!

  6. This video was very timely. And I was just applying JKD principles to my hooks and uppercuts too.I had already discovered the vertical and horizontal hook punches from experimentation, but I am still working on my rear hand combinations..

  7. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the JKD Hook Punch. There's no info on it except in Bruce's books. I got much from the foot work. I feel that it works better in a combo: such as after a reverse punch, a backfist, or faint low and go high.

  8. Good insights and clarity. I have been experimenting with it recently also, and it feels good to me staying more ‘tight’ (arms closer to body, elbows down, but loose and fluid muscles) like a boxer would be. Rather than feeling my arm fly out and using shoulder power, I feel more hips and core power, fist whips into target with inch punch power.

    Actually the feel is similar with turning elbow strikes, and the range is very similar. On a heavy bag I have to watch out for my wrists to not bend them oddly.

    In some ways the using of the whole body and the ‘strike from wherever your fist is” has some similar strikes in chum kiu and biu gee. I have tried some shadow boxing and the hook can really flow after the other hand has a straight strike. You also could do an elbow and then hook with the other fist. The hips whipping makes a ton of difference in power.

    I think the horizontal fist feels better to me but I’ll do some practice with both. You also could use open palm slap and really smack someone upside the head hard and disorient them. Well, it’s for the bad ones.

    PS: Shin is really hitting hard there, knocked the focus mitt off!

  9. Dan i have been watching your videos for a while now and i have learned a lot. I have been practicing when i can, and also have had some training in Wing Chun. So being an avid fan of Bruce Lee's, and with my small amount of training; after watching your videos and studying them i have been able to improve. You are an amazing teacher and it is very easy to grasp the movements and techniques with the way you explain and demonstrate them. Thank you for making these videos and for helping me to better understand JKD and improve my own skills. 🙂

  10. Hi Dan, your JKD video series is awesome!!! I am a 30+ year practitioner of Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and currently teach Grand Ultimate Praying Mantis at a university here in Atlanta where I am a professor of Anatomy & Physiology. I have been a fan of Bruce Lee since 1967 when I first watched Green Hornet as a 7 year old kid. I love JKD!!! The attention to detail in your instructional videos is extremely helpful…for instance, the weight shift technique that goes with the hook punch was a revelation to me. I knew about the lead foot pivot, but learning the weight shift and dropping the heel of the rear foot simultaneously as demonstrated in your video is just awesome!!! Thanks, Dr. George Lisjak

  11. Dan you are the best person i have seen that exemplifies Ted Wong teaching. Any chance you will make a complete Dvd series i wish he woul have made one before his passing,but from your demonstration you can carry the torch.

  12. if skills like a car, opponent r ur destination, now u showing how to drive this car and where is ur destination but where is the road we driving on?
    when do u planning to show us how to land those skills in a real opponent?

  13. Boxing does it the same way. At least, in NYC, LA, San Fran, and Singapore, each gym I have been to has done it the same way as the "JKD hook." Though, good boxers do it tighter and less exaggerative.

  14. I learned jkd with sifu mark Stewart also, he is ted wong student, sifu dan can you show the other hook punch such as stationary, retreat, step side, pivot n push step hook punch.

  15. great video. just started JKD. the moves and etc. make so much more sense than some of the other styles I have learned over the years. unfortunately where I live there is no wing chung or TKD clubs, so these videos are gold. love them

  16. i can really see the power, intensity and focus you have! in fact your body moves so identically to bruce’s more so than anyone, except for dan inosanto. i can feel your power thru the video…kinda scary

  17. Is there i particular time when the chi is released ? Is it all in one explosive jab or does the bomb explode upon impact . as Lee appeared to explode with his signature sounds upon impact

  18. A helpful tip I believe is to be mindful of an opponents shoulder, and not let it hit your forearm before your fist connects to the jaw

  19. The lead and rear hook in boxing is thrown in different ways, the horizontal hand is better for hooks at medium range while the vertical with the palm facing inwards is more suitable for in-fighting
    Beyond medium range it's best to throw a hook with the palm facing out
    The different ranges and hand angles correlate to what is usually the best way to strike with your wrist straight and middle finger knuckle connecting first
    Regarding the motion of the hook different fighters have their style but the text book way to throw a lead hook is basically doing a ballistic stretch in your chest muscle, having your arm raised completely when the stretch is at it's peak in order to generate the most power
    Good video

  20. Good video. I also like pivoting on my raised front foot at times. This changes the angle of the hook. I like putting my whole body into the punch to deliver more power.

  21. @ Dan Lok: I used to practice various martial arts, but I've found training the styles I'm used to have become increasingly difficult due to chronic back pain that I have suffered with for the past several years now. I would love to take up Jeet Kune Do because I feel the movements seem a bit easier on my back with the right tweaking of how I move.

    I can't afford to train under an Instructor/Sifu, and no one teaches it anywhere near where I live. Are there any quality source materials that might help me? Thank you for your advice and I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous Holiday Season. ^_^

  22. As a Boxer, I throw Vertical Hook Punches. It feels more natural on the rotation. Only Jabs, Straights, and Crosses I rotate my wrist on. Also, the great Hook Throwers in Boxing often threw very compact, concise, and explosive shots.

  23. I love u…. this is 100% helpful and I didn't even do them yet but I know the feeling. (im rusty and dusty trying to come back after medical excuses)

  24. Your information is solid, but doesn't really apply to what Bruce Lee is doing. The disagreement I have is that the hook punch you describe does not really match up with the ones you can see him delivering. (This can be clearly seen in the initial movie clip you show at the beginning, which bear little resemblance to what you demonstrate later.) In the clip, you can see Bruce using long, sweeping horizontal cross hooks. In actual combat, these would generally be a very bad thing, as they are clearly telegraphed. HOWEVER, what makes them effective for Bruce are a few key differences: 1) He locks gaze with his opponent before delivery (This has to be Bruce Lee's most regularly overlooked and unnoticed secret. To me, it is obvious that he used a type of projected mental hypnosis to dominate his opponents and keep them intimidated, fixed, and distracted.) 2) More specifically, his gaze helps hide the incoming hook. 3) His lead hand and side body orientation, combined with lightning speed, also help to conceal the otherwise telegraphed hook until it is too late to defend against it.

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