KICK­ING TOOLS OF JKD

Some You Know, Some You Prob­a­bly Don’t Know, But All of Them Can Make You a Bet­ter Fighter!

Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS - by Tim Tack­ett • Pho­tog­ra­phy by Rick Hustead

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.

Side Kicks

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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