Bruce Lee’s Speed Training And Fighting Concepts

He usually rode full speed — 35 to 40 miles an hour — continuously for 45 minutes to an hour. It acts like a brake, causing premature fatigue, generally associated only with new activity — demanding different muscles to perform. Your muscles respond differently to different exercises. Besides developing stamina, shadowboxing increases your speed, creates ideas, and establishes techniques to be used spontaneously and intuitively. This exercise develops your stamina and leg muscles, but also improves you, makes you light on your feet. Wallpaper Gallery Slider

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To protect your fingers while throwing this technique, make sure you use the proper hand form. Align the tip of your hand by slightly bending the longer fingers to adjust to the shorter fingers and tuck your thumb in.

Your hand should resemble a spear. To develop speed in the finger jab, you need a great deal of practice and initiative.

Speed relies on economy of motion, and the jab is one technique you have the opportunity to experiment with. The jab, like all jeet kune do blows, must be thrust forward without any retracting motion. It is like a snake darting at its prey without warning. The more hours you spend speed hitting, the faster your hands will travel.

One excellent training device for this is the paper target. It is inexpensive, easy to construct and valuable. The leading straight is the fastest of all the punches. Like the finger jab, the leading straight travels only a short distance to the target because the hand is already extended.

The leading straight is also the most accurate technique because it is delivered straight forward at a close distance, and your balance is left intact. Like the finger jab, it is hard to block, especially if you keep it in a continuous, small motion. Keep your hand loose and tighten your fist only an instant before contact.

To put explosiveness in the blow, utilize the flowing-energy concept by adding heaviness to your hand. The leading straight is not an end, but a means to an end. It is not a powerful blow that will knock your opponent flat with one punch.

It is, however, the most dominating Jeet Kune Do punch and is used profusely with the other combination punches and kicks. The straight punch should be delivered from an on-guard position with the point of contact in line with the surface of your shoulder.

Against a short opponent, bend your knees so your shoulders are aligned with the point of contact. Likewise, if your opponent is tall, stand on the balls of your feet. Later, as you progress, you can throw the straight punch with your hands in any position. But the punch must be launched with your body in balance to be effective.

Unlike the classical stance, your hand is never placed on your hip, nor is the punch initiated from there. It is impractical to have your hand traveling the extra, needless distance. Furthermore, delivery of your punch from the hip exposes a large area of your body.

The leading straight will have more stings if you pivot your hips and utilize all the other functions for a heavy blow. But sometimes this will telegraph your movement, and you have to decide whether to sacrifice speed for power. This depends on your opponent.

If he is very slow and awkward, you can utilize the powerful blows. But if he is fast, you may have to concentrate on speed more than power. Among the best equipment to develop speed and accuracy is the old-fashioned speed bag. To use the bag properly, you have to be quick with your hands. You also have to hit the target perfectly so the bag will bounce directly back to you.

In the beginning, use both hands to punch the bag and stand with your feet parallel but comfortably apart. Hit the bag straight, using your nose as the guiding point. The most valuable feature of the bag is that it compels you to hit directly and crisply so it returns to you sharply. You cannot hit the bag if you punch from your hip; it takes too long to react. And you are liable to be hit in the face since your hands will not be able to protect your head from the oncoming bag.

If you are working out with one pad, have your partner hold the pad in front of him. Whenever you try to punch it, he should jerk it swiftly either upward or downward, trying to make you miss. The wooden dummy can also be used to learn speed punching. The disadvantage, however, is that you can hurt your hands if you are not conditioned to hit solid objects,using Dit Da Jow and Iron Palm helps prevent injury when hitting hard objects.

Extend your arm fully in front of you with your hand outstretched. Make sure your thumb is on the top and hold it vertically.

When your partner swings his hand to slap yours, jerk your hand upward and toward you, trying to avoid contact. You let him do the slapping until he misses, then reverse roles. How did Bruce Lee get all that power in his one inch punch?

Read about it here. Jeet Kune Do features the non-telegraphic principles of fencing, and this sets the style distinctively apart from the classical styles of Kung fu and boxing. For example, Jeet Kune Do utilizes their footwork and the principle of thrusting your hand before your body, which makes it almost impossible to parry or block speed punches such as the back fist, jab or lead punch.

The idea of non-telegraphing is to initiate your punch without any forewarning tensing your shoulders or moving your feet or body so your opponent does not have enough time to react. The secret is to relax your body and arms but keep them slightly weaving. And keep a poker face. Bruce Lee never bragged about his muscular body, but he was proud of it, especially of his highly developed abdominal muscles.

When Bruce wore loose clothing, he looked like a normally built guy. But underneath the clothing, he was a man with extraordinary muscles. He is built perfectly, not bulky. He has muscles on top of muscles, yet he moves with the finesse of a ballet dancer. Bruce had to work hard to develop those muscles.

I decided to streamline my waist. From that revelation, Bruce took up weight training. He was always a bundle of energy. He was like a small kid who would never tire.

If he had his mind set to do something, nothing could have stopped him. He spent as much as four hours in his garage, hardly taking a break, as he worked on the equipment, built by his students to his specifications.

He designed his weight-training workout to avoid bulky muscles that might interfere with his performance. For instance, he did not want muscles that restricted the movement of his elbows. Weight training is supposed to help you, not screw you.

The more muscles you have around your abdomen, the more blows it can take. Broad-shouldered and narrow waisted, he was the envy of even bodybuilders. To Bruce, training was a full-time job. Even while watching television, he would be in motion. He would do his sit-ups very slowly, his body descending slower than ascending. He avoided cigarettes; wine and liquor, but never refused a cup of hot tea. He would eat anything: His favourite dishes were Chinese and Japanese.

He was a big believer in Chinese Ginseng and Royal Jelly extracts. He felt they helped with his speed and reflexes and also supplied nutrition he needed. Scientific studies have shown Royal Jelly the food of the Queen Bee does help with quicker reflexes. Although he was small man, 5-foot-7 and pounds, he had a voracious appetite. In a restaurant, he always ordered an additional plate of food for himself- one serving was not enough.

He also drank a lot of water, probably because he perspired so much. Bruce took a daily amount of Vitamin pills, Protein Powders, Ginseng and Royal Jelly as mentioned above, apparently influenced by the bodybuilding magazines he subscribed to and the books on Oriental Medicine he had in his library.

He prided himself on being healthy by taking proper nutritional products to accompany his workouts. This material has been excerpted from the Ohara Publications Inc. The Incomparable Fighter, authored by M. One of the most neglected elements of martial artists is the physical workout.

Too much time is spent on developing skill in techniques and not enough on physical participation. Practicing your skill in fighting is important, but so is maintaining your overall physical condition. Actually both are needed to be successful in a real fight. Training is a skill of disciplining your mind, developing your power and supplying endurance to your body. Proper training is for the purpose of building your body and avoiding activities or substances that will deteriorate or injure it.

Bruce Lee was a specimen of health. He trained every day and consumed only the proper food. A1though he drank tea, he never drank coffee — instead he normally consumed milk. He was a martinet who never let his work interfere with his training. Even when he was sent to India to find suitable locations for filming, he took along his running shoes.

He varied his exercise to avoid boredom. One of his favorite exercises was running four miles a day in 24 to 25 minutes. He would change his tempo while running — after several miles of constant, even strides, he would sprint several feet and then return to easier running. Between changes in running tempo, he would also shuffle his feet. Lee was not particular where he ran: Besides running, Lee also rode an exercise bicycle to develop his endurance, legs and cardiovascular muscles.

He usually rode full speed — 35 to 40 miles an hour — continuously for 45 minutes to an hour. Frequently, he would ride his exercise bicycle right after his running. Another aerobic exercise that Lee scheduled in his routine was skipping rope, which you can adopt. This exercise develops your stamina and leg muscles, but also improves you, makes you light on your feet. Only recently, physiologists have learned, by several tests, that skipping rope is more beneficial than jogging.

Ten minutes of skipping rope is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging. Both are very beneficial exercises for the cardiovascular system. Skipping rope properly is one of the best exercises for developing a sense of balance. First, skip on one foot, holding the other in front of you, and then rotate your foot, skipping on the alternate foot with each revolution of the rope, from a gradual pace to a really fast tempo.

Minimize your arm-swing; instead, use your wrist to swing the rope over. Lift your foot slightly above the ground, just enough for the rope to pass. Skip for three minutes equivalent to a round in a boxing match ; then rest one minute only, before you continue for another round. Three rounds of this exercise are sufficient for a good workout. As you become conditioned to skipping, you can omit the rest period and do the exercise for as long as 30 minutes straight. The best rope is made of leather, with ball bearings in the handles.

Additional endurance exercises are shadowboxing and actual sparring. Shadowboxing is a good agility exercise that also builds up your speed. Relax your body and learn to move easily and smoothly.

At first, concentrate on your form, and move lightly on your feet until it becomes natural and comfortable — then work faster and harder.

It is a good idea to start your workout with shadowboxing to loosen your muscles. Imagine your worst enemy stands before you and you are going to demolish him. If you use your imagination intensely, you can instil into yourself an almost-real fighting frame of mind. Besides developing stamina, shadowboxing increases your speed, creates ideas, and establishes techniques to be used spontaneously and intuitively.

Going several rounds is the best way to learn proper footwork. Too many beginners are too lazy to drive themselves. Only by hard and continuous exercise will you develop endurance. You have to drive yourself to the point of exhaustion you will be out of breath, and can expect to feel muscle aches in a day or two. The best endurance training method seems to be a lengthy period of exercise interspersed with many brief but high-intensity endeavours.

Stamina-types of exercises should be done gradually and cautiously increased. Six weeks in this kind of training is a minimum for any sports that require considerable amounts of endurance. It takes years to be in peak condition, and unfortunately, stamina is quickly lost when you cease to maintain high-conditioning exercises. According to some medical experts, you lose most of your benefit from exercises if you skip more than a day between workouts.

Warming Up To warm up, select light, easy exercises to loosen your muscles and to prepare them for more strenuous work. Besides improving your performance, warming-up exercises are necessary to prevent injury to your muscles. No smart athlete will use his hand or leg violently without first warming it up carefully.

These light exercises should dictate as closely as possible the ensuing, more strenuous type of movement. Applying authentic Dit Da Jow prior to your workout will help loosen your muscles and develop Qi for faster punching and kicking and at the same time help you prevent injuries. Apply the Dit Da Jow in the proper direction which is toward the tips of your extremities.

How long should you warm up? This depends on several aspects. If you live in a colder area, or during the cold winter, you have to do longer warm-up exercises than do those who live in a warmer climate.

A longer warm-up is recommended for the early morning rather than for the afternoon. Generally, five or ten minutes of warm-up exercises are adequate, but some people need much more. A ballet dancer spends at least two hours. He commences with very basic movements, gradually but consistently increasing the activity and intensity, until he is ready to make his appearance. Bruce Lee learned that certain exercises can help you greatly in your performance, and others can impede or even impair your execution of techniques.

He found that beneficial exercises are those that do not cause antagonistic tension in your muscles. Your muscles respond differently to different exercises. During a static or slow exercise such as a handstand or lifting heavy weights such as a barbell, the muscles on both sides of the joints operate strongly to set the body in a desirable position.

But in a rapid activity such as running, jumping or throwing, the muscles that close the joints contract and the muscles directly opposite elongate to allow the movement.

Although there is still tension on both muscles, the strain is considerably less on the elongated, or lengthened one. When there is excessive or antagonistic tension on the elongated muscles, it hinders and weakens your movement. It acts like a brake, causing premature fatigue, generally associated only with new activity — demanding different muscles to perform.

A coordinated, natural athlete is able to perform in any sporting activity with ease because he moves with little antagonistic tension. On the other hand, the novice performs with excessive tension and effort, creating a lot of wasted motions. Although this coordination trait is more a native talent in some than in others, all can improve it by intensive training. Here are some of the exercises that you can adapt to your daily training.

For flexibility, place your foot on a railing or other object, keeping your leg horizontal to the ground- it could be slightly lower or higher, depending on your flexibility. For the beginner, do not attempt any strenuous exercise. Instead, after placing your foot on the railing, just move your toes toward you, keeping your extended foot flexed straight.

After a few minutes, rotate your foot. In a few days, as your leg muscles are limbered, you can proceed to the next step. Press your knee to keep your leg straight and lean forward from the hip as much as possible without injuring your muscles. From this exercise you then proceed to the next step. Keeping your extended leg straight, push your hand downward. Finally you are able to touch your toes. After some months, you may be able to wrap your hand around your foot even with the support raised higher.

Other leg flexibility exercises include leg splits and hanging leg rises. To do this exercise, use a long rope supported by a pulley. A noose encircles your foot. Watch The Latest Gaming News: Breath of the Wild Wallpapers. Metal Gear Survive Wallpapers. Devil May Cry Wallpapers.

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