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Jeet Kune Do basics
Cheng, David, 1959-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Tuttle Pub., [2004]

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191 pages; 25 cm
History and development of Jeet Kune Do -- Philosophy and guiding principles -- Different branches -- Choosing the right school or teacher -- The Jeet Kune Do class -- The first three months -- Safety -- The bai-jong stance -- Footwork and mobility -- Upper body tool training -- Lower body tool training -- Grappling -- Single direct/angulated attack -- Attack by combination -- Progressive indirect attack -- Attack by drawing -- Hand immobilization attack -- Defenses -- Counterattacks -- Distance, timing, and rhythm -- Sparring -- Establishing a training program and goals -- Phase advancement -- Competitions and demonstrations.
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This useful and informative book offers a detailed overview of Jeet Kune Do practice while explaining the specific moves readers will need to perfect their techniques.

As a foundation, the book recalls the origination of Jeet Kune Do -- the philosophy, history, and different styles of the martial art. This gives readers an important reference point on how the practice evolved. From there, the book explains how to choose a school, taking readers through their first class including the etiquette and dress requirements. The basic elements of the style -- stances, footwork, upper body and lower body techniques, and grappling are all well represented and defined.

Building upon this solid groundwork, the book informs readers of the five ways of attack, including the single direct attack, the attack by combination, the progressive indirect attack, the attack by drawing, and the hand immobilization attack. Fighting instructions include the tactical considerations of Jeet Kune Do practice such as defenses, counterattacks, and sparring.

The book concludes with a comprehensive list of resources to help students further develop their knowledge of and training in Jeet Kune Do. Through compact and easy-to-read, this book gives readers everything they'll need to start their practice of this important fighting art.

Author Notes

David Cheng is a certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do under Chris Kent. He teaches Jeet Kune Do as passed on by Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee's protege, and other direct students of Bruce Lee. He has written numerous articles on Jeet Kune Do and teaches seminars around the country.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Part 1 Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 History and Development of Jeet Kune Dop. 10
Chapter 2 Philosophy and Guilding Principlesp. 16
Chapter 3 Different Branchesp. 20
Part 2 Getting Startedp. 25
Chapter 4 Choosing the Right School or Teacherp. 26
Chapter 5 The Jeet Kune Do Classp. 29
Chapter 6 The First Three Monthsp. 33
Chapter 7 Safetyp. 36
Part 3 Learning the Basicsp. 39
Chapter 8 The Bai-Jong Stancep. 40
Chapter 9 Footwork and Mobilityp. 45
Chapter 10 Upper-Body Tool Trainingp. 55
Chapter 11 Lower-Body Tool Trainingp. 65
Chapter 12 Grapplingp. 74
Part 4 The Five Ways of Attackp. 85
Chapter 13 Single Direct/Angulated Attackp. 86
Chapter 14 Attack by Combinationp. 94
Chapter 15 Progressive Indirect Attackp. 104
Chapter 16 Attack by Drawingp. 114
Chapter 17 Hand Immobilization Attackp. 121
Part 5 Tactical Considerationsp. 135
Chapter 18 Defensesp. 136
Chapter 19 Counterattacksp. 145
Chapter 20 Distance, Timing, and Rhythmp. 156
Chapter 21 Sparringp. 166
Part 6 Advancing in Jeet Kune Dop. 173
Chapter 22 Establishing Goals and a Training Programp. 174
Chapter 23 Phase Advancementp. 180
Chapter 24 Competitions and Demonstrationsp. 183
Resourcesp. 188
About the Authorp. 192