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The Expert Fighter's 3 Keys to Success in 2022

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The Expert Fighter's 3 Keys to Success in 2022

In the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee lays out his Five Ways of Attack.  We have been focusing on one of these, "Attack by Combination (ABC)" in the adult martial arts classes at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, here in Savage Mill.  We're learning to string individual movements together into a rhythmic, coherent whole.  Each movement has a reason for being there, for affecting an opponent in a given way, setting them up to lead to a final finishing blow.  For the beginner, learning how to set up combinations leads to a better understanding of not only how their own body moves, but how their opponent's body moves and reacts.

Bruce Lee wrote, "The difference between an expert fighter and a novice fighter is that the expert makes use of each opportunity and follows up on each opening.  He makes use of his sensitive and dominating aura and his imposing rhythm.  He delivers his blows and/or kicks in a well-planned series, each opening creating another, until finally a clean shot is obtained."

As we leave 2021 to face the challenges and battles of 2022, what can we learn from the expert fighter?

1) The expert makes use of each opportunity and follows up on each opening.

Watch for the openings and cracks in events and situations that will allow you to move toward achieving your goals. Sometimes they may be completely visible, other times they may be concealed. Some may be easily capitalized on. Others may require more work. Regardless of either, if you do not seize on them, then you will be no closer to achieving your goal.

2) He makes use of his sensitive and dominating aura and his imposing rhythm.

Sensitive and dominating are not often seen together, but they are complimentary and more importantly, necessary. Sensitivity is what allows us to see openings, to detect shifts in opportunity, and recognize the needs and desires of others. A dominating aura gives us the forward momentum to achieve our goals and conquer the obstacles in our path. Without dominance, sensitivity can be overwhelmed by others, or paralyzed by over-analysis. Without sensitivity, dominance and be ignorant to an easier path around obstacles or even completely unable to see the obstacles coming. Your imposing rhythm allows you to set the tone of the engagement and make situations work to your advantage.

3) He delivers his blows and/or kicks in a well-planned series, each opening creating another, until finally a clean shot is obtained.

Well-planned is the key here. A plan only comes about as a result of intelligence and training. You must be completely knowledgeable of your own capabilities as a fighter. You have an understanding of what you are capable of doing in the situation, where your limits are, and what limits you can push. This knowledge only comes about through training! The result of this training will give you the sensitivity spoken about before, which allows you to understand your opponent or obstacle. Now, knowing both yourself and your opponent, you can form a path to success. Instead of risking it all on one shot, break down your opponent or obstacle through measured steps, taking the individual actions, the well-planned series of blows and/or kicks that cumulatively will end with the inevitable clean shot that brings your success.

Best of luck in all of your coming challenges, and my friend, if you're looking to learn how to attack all of the obstacles you face in life, join us at Maryland Jeet Kune Do by going to www.marylandjeetkunedo.com today.


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