KICKING TOOLS OF JKD
Some You Know, Some You Probably Don’t Know, But All of Them Can Make You a Better Fighter!
Just like hand strikes, kicks need penetrative power and snap. But instead of having you aim 2 inches beyond the point of impact, jeet kune do teaches you to aim 4 to 6 inches beyond the target when you kick. With less than 4 inches, there won’t be enough force to disable your opponent. With more than 6 inches, a kick turns into a push.
Penetration aside, it’s also important to note how JKD students initiate a kick because all jeet kune do kicking tools start the same basic way — as a front kick — until the last second. Not only does this kind of initiation allow you enough mobility to shift unexpectedly into a side- or rearkick variation, but it also is very deceptive because your opponent won’t be able to guess what kind of kick you’re launching. Basically, he’ll be defenseless until it’s too late.
The side kick is perhaps the most adaptable of all JKD leg techniques because it can be used in combination with other kicking tools. When performing a side kick, keep these factors in mind if you want maximum power:
• Kick faster to generate more power.
• Make sure your hip torques at the proper moment.
• Align your body to add power.
• Hit your target in the precise area that you’re aiming for with your heel.
• Use the maximum amount of snap at the end of your kick. To obtain the most snap, use the “water-hose principle,” in which you imagine that your leg is a water hose. Stand with your feet parallel and about shoulder-width apart, then raise one leg. Next, drive that leg to the ground as hard as possible, locking your knee. Do it a few times, locking your leg and quickly snapping it back like you’re shaking water out of a hose. The side kick’s snapping motion should mimic this.
There are two main JKD side kicks — the basic side kick and the side rear kick — and they’re differentiated by their commitment level. (Commitment level means the amount of penetration or force put into a strike.) The basic side kick is a common tool in many martial arts, but in jeet kune do, it’s
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