How To Quickly Attack And Retreat With JKD Pendulum Step

(melodic hiphop jazz beat) – Bruce Lee’s JKD Jeet Kune Do how to quickly attack and retreat with the pendulum step. Now, this is going to be great because when I first saw Sifu’s video, that’s what caught my attention. Because I’ve be trying to master my pendulum step for many, many years. And I just found that I couldn’t do it, and when I watched Sifu’s
video, it was just amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it. So, Sifu how do you do that? – Pendulum requires you
to build that acceleration from one to another, one
point to another spot. So, to train it, you
basically bring this foot in and you lightly bring the foot in. I think, the problem with most people do is that they’re literally stepping. So, what’s happening is they step, and they lose a beat in
time when they’re doing it. So, what you wanna do is be able to glide with this. When you glide your weight
distribution is coming this way, and now it’s centered. So, you have to release this foot. So, by the time you’re
here, this extends out. But you see how I ended up just shifting that foot and replacing it with this one. – So, you’re momentum
is all going forward? – Correct. So, then the foots coming in, right? You see the weights coming into here. And then I extend. The thing is is that
you gotta be able to… You can’t go one, two. It’s too slow. It’s too late. In fact, it’s probably too slow for somebody to read you and then take you down for that. You gotta be able to do this quick or to do it at all. So, bring this foot, and extend out. This is the ankle you want. – Body, right?
– Right. – And what about in terms
of the center gravity? – Well, most of my weight
distribution is right here now. So, you’re thinking about
maybe 90%, maybe 10% here. So, the ball of the foot is
absorbing the impact just a bit and when I return, I come back. So, the idea here is
utilize the core strength into doing this. Because if you’re just
thinking of the pendulum– – Then there is, you can’t
do anything on your foot. – Yeah, you’re just thinking of this, and what happens you create bad habits by raising your body, coming in, rise. – That’s what I was doing before. – Yeah, and so you wanna be able to leave the lower center of gravity and direct that energy into that one. And it just naturally stays there without me having to move my head forward. This stays here, now it’s here. So, you just practice that
over, and over, and over. – And the purpose of this is
– Until you get it right. – Is to cover distance
forward and backward, and in the quickest time, right? – Correct. So, for you to utilize one
of your attacks in distance, and then close the distance
pendulum works in that case. If you’re coming into attack the opponent, especially if you’re trying
to redirect his attacks, for you to attack him
this works very well. Now, again in a practical standpoint if you’re in a critical stage,
you wouldn’t do this kick. Critical stage meaning
I’m this close to you. – Yeah, you’re good at hitting. – I can’t use pendulum, I’m
just gonna bring the leg up. Now, to drill this, of
course, I would have my partner stay in place,
and the say okay well, we’re not looking at
someone attacking you, or doing anything else. What I want you to do is
know how to reach the target. My foots gonna go here, and
my main target is the knee. Now, for practicing I try
to go a little bit lower. Instead of hitting right here on the knee. Now, the knee is a good target, because you wanna blow through it. You imagine the knees going the other way and then he’s done, okay. But, you gotta be careful when you’re training with your partner. So, this is enough, okay. Find your distance on where
you can reach him to hit. Now, if my partner was a bit further out, this is the question
as to whether or not… – Now I can’t kick. I’m not in the range. – You’re not even in range with me, and could I reach you? Would be the question. Could I still reach you? – However, I don’t think
you can reach me, right? As an opponent I have to estimate. – Yeah, yeah but if I can just
borrow a little bit of space. And still utilize my
momentum to get to you, I could still reach you. Now, let’s question the next stage. Could you step back further? Can I still reach you? Is the question. Depends again, on how you’re
gonna utilize the foundation and borrow the energy. So, if I’m going to reach you. Maybe so, it just depends on how I put a little bit more bend on
this leg, and come back. Now, what I have a problem with is doing this kick and recovery. Because if you recover, the problem is how slow or what,
there’s a gap there where there’s an opportunity for your opponent. – This is here to… – Yes, because this it
makes you vulnerable, right? There’s a gap in time, where
you need to know how to recover so, if I did that and I hit I have to (grunts) come
back as quickly as I can, and I usually do it with a hit. So, I cover that gap with a hit. So, again I hit. (yells) I’m in. And that’s how I usually recover. I don’t wanna go (pants), big gap. More or less it’s (stomps), in. And that’s how you advance. Now, let’s take this to an extreme. Step back a little bit more. Can I reach you? – That’s like almost one, two, three, like three steps, right? – Yeah, it is. Now, again I’m just learning how far I can extend this tool. So, to get to you I
could either steal-step. So, I’m gonna steal
that space to reach you. And, of course, now you
start looking at wow, If I can use that long a weapon, and I’m a short guy, we’re short guys. And I can utilize my tool that long? Hmmm, now I can vary it between distance. And that’s another time
that you can play with. Now, to drill this what I like doing is teaching my students,
from the very beginning, so, the first thing I do is I say okay, you’re stationary,
there’s nothing going on, I hit the target and you retreat. That’s it, and you retreat. Now, you try to retreat and my purpose is to try to hit it. And you retreat and not let me… Not letting me hit you. – Okay. – So, ready? That’s it. And, the whole idea is again, (exhales) you maybe be in a right
lead but if you switch leads I’ll still be able to
attack the other leg, because you don’t have a guard on there. So, are you ready? – Yes. – Good. Good. Good, and so you just drill
it over, and over, and over to where you get this pendulum affect. This your pendulum. And you could even pendulum
backwards, with a backfist. – So, it is the core that’s
doing a lot of the work? – This is very important if you… If it’s not here then there’s
no purpose of you doing this. – That becomes the legs, the
thighs, they’re very heavy? – Yes. – And that’s why we really
can’t, we can’t move. – Yeah, and a lot of it has to do with being light on your footwork. So, if you’re not light then, this stuff doesn’t… Work good. – And it doesn’t, it could
be shin-kick, it could be a, a toe-kick, it could be a
front-kick, it doesn’t matter? – Yeah, I could do it
from here, and then go up. I go (grunts) and you’re
expecting that one, and then right to the head. – So, there you go. That’s the pendulum step. Now, it is very, very difficult. Now, see what are some of the drills that someone can practice, to
improve that explosive power? Then the issues of speed? – On pendulum, again, if you drill this to where you’re going here. And back. Take it one step at a time. So, you go half beat, hold it, come back. Break it apart, one. Hold, two. Look at the transitions, feel it out. One! Two. Okay, and that’s how you
start getting used to this. If I gave you a full beat. Say, I want you to go forward and back. Back. And without losing the microphone. Back, see? – We don’t even worry about the kick? Focus on the step? – Yeah, just look at how
this foot glides over. And bounce off the ground. Use the ball of the feet, and back. Because this, ends up being your kick. And it helps. – That makes sense. Wow, that’s very, very valuable. So, pendulum step. How to quickly retreat, and also attack. Okay, comment below if
you got any questions. It is a very advanced step. Probably one of the most
advanced, kind of footwork in JKD. – Very extraneous but
yes advanced footwork. – I think Sifu told me it took
you quite a few years to get. – It does. You just gotta keep practicing it. Look at yourself in the
mirror while you do it. There’s many different way you can do it. And we’ll share those later. – Yeah, so give a thumbs up. Make sure you hit the
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videos on the right as well. Until next time, practice your step. Be water, my friend.

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  2. having a rock solid enemie could also be a factor to being able to recover safely? there are some fights in the mma where one would attempt a kick to the legs and do nothing give a free strong punch to the other guy

  3. i love your footwork. but i am of trapping. the people whants give the people what they want!.

  4. Or …. take his post leg as he puts 90 percent of his weight on the lead or rear leg as he goes in and out.

  5. Great explanation! I used to train with Sifu Quintero during seminars in Germany. Would you consider doing a video on "Stealing a step" and " Broken rhythm attacks"? That would be much appreciated!

  6. Even in slow motion its difficult to catch all the chain. So graceful like he's dancing, and clearly knows how to weight shift well. That body control is simply amazing. Man i gotta train for a while before i can do even one of those kicks succesfully. Great explanation! Feels almost like learning an instrument gotta find that beat.

  7. You should have set up for every attack like a jab or cross or leg lift even a feint fake something, " your shoes are untied" something if I was trying this technique just like you showed it I probably miss unless my opponent rushed me but even then their going to slow down like a football player catching a rodeo ? .

  8. Just wait for him to tire himself out with all those steps like he's gassing at the end of the video n then bam lights out!?


  10. An Image shows better than a thousand words, why you dont shut up and do the damn movements without so much crap and fancy blah, blah, blah..¡

  11. Discovered you through your consulting videos and just found you again on a JKD search. So sick man! Keep spreading your knowledge in all its forms, brother. We are appreciative.

  12. Nice work, I'm new to this philosophy and way of thinking but it has definitely made a difference in the way I wake up and view life and I really would love to get deeper into the training aspects, I really like isometric things and speed techniques.

  13. I really liked that he said cover it up with a follow-up hit. When I tried doing it, retreat or a backstep was really tough, and my position left me vulnerable with my Lead Arm down to the side.

  14. Bruce Lee was the Greatest
    Born 1940..year of the Dragon…
    He was real. And a power house..
    It still saddens me that he was killed..

  15. super jkd quickly attking steps super great and. Dan lok. your all steps movments and your demo training super and your martial arts super amezing and I am biggest fans of master tiger Brucelee. and master brucelee is all time all days super great and all is super excellent and master tiger brucelee Eevergreen powerful very very great martial arts. icon Legand. and all Brucelee fans and all martial arts thanks for all

  16. Hey Dan Lok nice idea. Way to stay in no man's land. I'm thankful of Tae Kwon Do It made this very easy to replicate with practice.

  17. Also you CAN be quick enough to double the kick or triple it to leg, chest and head staying at an angle and remaining light in a kind of Hoppy stance. Less than 2 seconds for three fired off.

  18. But to be honest, JKD is top style perfection. What I mean is that in order to learn the basic in JKD one must learn the basics first. JKD is a mix MMA style

  19. Bruce Lee kicking style was French Sivate , in Kenpo we call it step drag , when you set up a low side kick , you do as stated in video ! Thanks ? good video ?

  20. Taking mixed martial arts as a kid, my dad bought me 2 of Bruce's books.
    The wisdom in those books is unreal.
    I watched him as much as I could to get pointers.
    Great demo brothers.
    Im actually teaching my youngest now how to do this technique.
    Again, great demo.

  21. Bruce Lee pendulum kick has always been one for my favourite… Love it,
    I practice traditional Chinese kungfu these video help with improving my ways of understanding the art of weight shifting from left to right and balance between the two legs.

  22. Its so advanced that I think the missing component to the Pendulum Step is Bruce Bee who Mastered it. xD The trainer is so out of breath he is trying to supress his breathing. Lol

  23. Not bragging or being boastful but I fought a guy once when I was a teenager & I couldn't get close enough to land a punch I used this method by doing a half step back to draw him in & then a quick step forward & hit him as he was retreating backwards it knocked him down & the fight was over this is very effective even though he was way faster than me I was still able to hit him using this method bottom line is speed kills a fast enemy is a dangerous enemy

  24. Came here right from Broken Rhythm. I really appreciate the beginner drills, very enlightening. I aspire to work these movements into my HIIT training. Thank you!

  25. Lok, I'm seriously interested in martial arts and Bruce Lee's techniques, but I am curious about how effective you think this is against someone who knows how to fight or grapples. Do you think throwing your leg put like that makes you vulnerable to a take down? I am geniunely interested in its effectiveness. It's definitely not pretty, lol. Looks like a frantic old woman trying to kill a cockroach. I am interested in its effectiveness though.

  26. I will probably watch this video more than a few times.
    I noticed the instructor appears out of breath.
    We need a video about "breath control" and breathing during a fight.

  27. When I saw this the foot work slowed down, it reminded me of ballroom dancing. The I remembers Bruce Lee's was an excellent dancers also !

  28. Bruce lee's left leg is slightly shorter due to polio… He turned his weakness to strength…. None can master the the pendulum

  29. Dan, excellent videos. I had trained with a person whom his friend was under Lee in early 70s in wing Chung when Bruce was transitioning to JKD. I was a teenager then and purchased every book and material that I could after Bruce Lee’s death. I practiced daily for hours and became very good. I would constantly analyze his material so that I could benefit from his knowledge.
    I’m now in my early 60s and still trying to train again after a lay off period.
    Your videos are right on and inspiring please keep them coming.


  30. Hi energy attacks, but effective. Definitely wouldnt want to 'jab' with this technique, but used as a variance to more economical movements, it might be a superb way to change speeds and catch an opponenet unexpected.
    Teacher had very good technique btw.

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