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  • Are you a Mechanical Fighter or an Intellectual Fighter?

    Are you a Mechanical Fighter or an Intellectual Fighter?

    During our first Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do session, Sifu Burton Richardson said, "JKD is a thinking man's art." It the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee lays out a critical difference in the mentality of the prospective Jeet Kune Do practitioner. "Fighters can be placed into two main categories: the “mechanical” fighter and the “intellectual” fighter. It’s easy for the mechanical fighter to give advice because his fighting techniques and tactics are the result of the mechanical repetition of strokes, bred of a lesson which was purely automatic and lacking an intelligent explanation of the why, the how and the when. Their fighting follows a similar pattern in each ....

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  • Examine Your Footwork

    Examine Your Footwork

    Have you ever found yourself in the middle dealing with a problem and realized you were in way over your head? Maybe you've been trying to get in better shape but haven't been seeing the results you wanted despite all the working out and dieting you've been doing. Or maybe you've found yourself in an argument with a loved one and aren't quite sure how you got to this point, much less how to resolve the situation. You have a goal you need to achieve at work or school that gives you a clear idea of where to go, but no clue how to get there. Consider the possibility that once you know what your end goal is, the question you should be asking isn't "How do I achieve this?" but "Where am I ....

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  • Giving Without Attachment

    Have you ever known someone who did all the right things only to find out later that they had all the wrong reasons? Have you ever realized that you were helping someone just so you could get some benefit from them. Once, one of my mentors purchased several hundred dollars worth of rotisserie chickens to hand out to the homeless. As he drove from camp to camp, he filmed himself on Facebook live and spoke of generosity and spirituality. Later, we went through the pilot of his new martial arts life-coaching business. In addition to the training, we filmed videos and served as backdrop for his videos and marketing material. At the end of the month, he gave us a few hundred ....

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  • The Distance Between You, The Problem, and the Solution

    The Distance Between You, The Problem, and the Solution

    "The FIGHTING MEASURE is the distance which a fighter keeps in relation to his opponent. It is such that he cannot be hit unless his opponent lunges fully at him." - The Tao of Jeet Kune Do The understanding of your personal fighting measure in relation to your various sparring partners is absolutely crucial to your development in Jeet Kune Do. Learning how to read and maintain the distance between you and your partner and placing her at your measure forces her to play your game. If she is unable to hit you unless she lunges across the measure, you are forcing her to take a committed action toward you, enabling you to intercept her motion with greater ease. When we encounter problems ....

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  • Accept the Situation

    Accept the Situation

    "Parrying is a sudden movement of the hand from the inside or the outside of an oncoming blow, to deflect the blow from its original path. It is a LIGHT, EASY movement depending on TIMING rather than force. A blow is never parried until the last moment & always when close to the body." - the Tao of Jeet Kune Do Especially at the beginning of training in Jeet Kune Do, many students over-power or over-commit when they parry. The emphasis on a timed, light movement defines the success of a parry. Too forceful a movement, & you will over-commit yourself, leaving you vulnerable, or you will give your opponent the energy he needs to redirect his blow elsewhere. If you parry ....

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  • Self-Defense Drills and Takedowns

    https://marylandjeetkunedo.com/classes/Self-Defense MDJKD intermediate students drill defending against a barrage of wild punches and learning to how to take their attacker's base and balance away with a body lock takedown. ....

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  • Single Leg Attacks

    Single Leg Attacks

    Today's Tao Study comes from the Tao of Jeet Kune Do
    , Expanded Edition, page 129 The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
    records five single leg attacks that Bruce Lee made note of.
    The Back Trip, which is then followed with a groin strike
    The Forward Trip, which is then followed with a side strangulation
    The Smash, also followed with a groin strike
    The Snap/Paak (same Chinese character as in Paaksau) & Heel, which is followed with a leg lock.
    An unlabeled tripping takedown, that is followed with a groin kick. One interesting characteristic about each of these recorded throws is that they all involve entering outside the leg being attacked, rather than inside. That may not be the case in ....

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  • Kicking a Man While He is Down

    Kicking a Man While He is Down

    In the Tao of Jeet Kune Do,Bruce Lee outlined several possibilities for kicking a downed opponent. The majority of them were debilitating. Some would likely be fatal. As with many other sections of his notes, this begins with the word "Study". There is something innately distasteful in the idea of striking a man who is down, much less making a concerted effort to discover the best practices for doing so.
    Yet there is also a sense of schadenfreude about it.
    Where in that do you find the balance? It is important to remember that while we train with friends, and spar, and compete in combat sports, at its heart, Jeet Kune Do is streetfighting. In a ....

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  • The Oneness of All Life

    The Oneness of All Life

    "The way to transcend karma lies in the proper use of the mind and the will. The oneness of all life is a truth that can be fully realized only when false notions of a separate self, whose destiny can be considered apart from the whole, are forever annihilated." The Tao of Jeet Kune Do This morning when I went to the river to work out and meditate, I had the chance to watch two large graceful cranes & a long-tailed weasel feeding among the rocks. A fellow created being, I felt very much at one with these creatures & grateful that God had placed me among them this morning. If I'm not separate from a crane or a weasel as I peacefully sit on a rock by a river, am I truly ....

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  • July 2020 Newsletter:  Welcome to the Dojo

    July 2020 Newsletter: Welcome to the Dojo

    July 2020 Newsletter
    What is a Dojo?
    During the period that Bruce Lee ran his schools, he used the English term “Institute” for his establishments. Institute brings with it connotations of higher learning, and with Bruce Lee’s emphasis on philosophy from the start, you can see why he might have selected this term. The undercurrents of Zen and Daoist philosophy, along with Christian thinkers, Western secular philosophers, and others are present in every class at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, so Institute can and certainly does apply to us. The Chinese characters on his signage were 國術館, gwokseutgun. That roughly translates as a building for the national ....

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