This is a mainly technical chapter. We shall study “small details” to facilitate their correct execution. If the reader is not willing to apply the contents of this book to his own training, my advice is to skip all the explanations of technical sequences and to continue reading the parts of his interest, the reason being that detailed explanations of all the steps constituting the movements might spoil a pleasant reading. In Bruce’s words: “To understand techniques you must learn that they contain a lot of condensed movement. This may look quite awkward. When you start to learn it you will find that it is awkward to you”(Tao of Jeet Kune Do, page 3).
In whichever human activity, whether it be running, swimming or jumping, there is a biomechanical way by which physical movements can be done at their best. The following technical repertoire must not be seen as “the techniques of Jeet kune Do” (the reader can check the title is “techniques most commonly used”), but they are just the basic and most common ways to hit using our natural weapons brought to a maximum degree of refinement.
This chapter is dedicated to the painstaking student who toils to better simple techniques. In reality, that is the goal, i.e., the refinement and the elaboration of simple techniques that can be most effectively applied in combat.
THIS IS A PREVIEW: