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In the beginning of the demo video, we have taken an excerpt from Bruce Lee to demonstrate the definition of Jeet Kune Do in one of his Longstreet videos:
“Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist, or foot.” This sentences signifies what the prerequisite of his system of JKD to annihilate the opponent is: To restrict the opponent’s movement before he can make use of it.
Bruce Lee then mentioned: “To reach me, you must first move to me. Your attack offers me an opportunity to intercept you. In this case, I am using my longest weapon, my side-kick, against the nearest target, your knee cap. It can be compared to your left jab in boxing, except much more damging.” Notice the sentence in red, this will be the main topic of this demo.
The side-kick is like the left jab in boxing, except much more damaging. The jab in boxing is very quick, and when combined with correct positioning you have many attack routes. It is good for continuous and multi-directional attacks. Sifu Patrick Ko, the student of the late Ted Wong, demonstrates in the video the essence of what Bruce Lee said about the similarity of the left jab in boxing and the side-kick by using a towel. The notion is to show the speed of the towel, and then the speed of the student’s straight lead and side-kick. There isn’t much difference. This is to show that Bruce Lee wanted, speed-wise, the side-kick to be as fast as the straight lead.
Sifu Patrick Ko then asks the student to demonstrate double and triple side-kick in multiple directions such as kicking forward, backward, left, right and after diagonal movement. This is to show that Bruce Lee wanted the application of the side-kick to be the same as the jab. You can attack multiple times in different angles and positions.
Also Sifu Patrick Ko emphasizes that in JKD, whether one is using his or her hands or foot to strike, one must have whole body coordination with the movement in order to focus all of the momentum generated on to one point. This way, no matter what movement you execute, it will be to great effect. To go even further from the author’s perspective, each movement when executed in different positions must congregate the ingredients of speed, power and focus in order to reach the requirements of Bruce Lee had for JKD practitioners: To utilize one effective movement to contact the opponent’s hand, feet or torso, so to influence the center of gravity in the opponent and disrupt his balance then finally, restrict the extent of the opponent’s ability to make use of his moves.