The leg obstruction is one of the least known of the JKD techniques, but at the same time the Wednesday Night Group considers it one of the most valuable techniques in our self-defense arsenal. I think that the reason we consider it so valuable is that it was one the main techniques that Bob Bremer stressed so much every Wednesday in my garage. Bob worked with us so much on it that most of us could do it without thinking. It has become an automation reaction to any hand attack. It is now so automatic that most of us can do it against a surprise attack and without thought. “We don’t hit. It hits”, but to learn to really make it work in a real life situation you need to do two things:
You need to understand the value of the leg obstruction for both attacking and defending against an attack. Unless he understands the value of it, the student will not spend the massive amount of time working on it to really make it work in a real time situation. Once the student understands how useful the leg obstruction really is, he will need to spend countless hours working on it... Read more
It seems from reading various Jeet Kune Do forums that there are two schools of thought on the importance of Wing Chun to Jeet Kune Do at the present time. Some believe that Wing Chun was an essential element in the development of Jeet Kune Do in the past and still is today. Another school states that Bruce Lee moved away from the Wing Chun energy drills and trapping so that JKD came to resemble a form of advanced kickboxing. It is clear from Bruce’s notes that JKD was comprised mostly from Wing Chun, Western Boxing and Western fencing. It is also clear that when Bruce Lee started teaching students in Seattle that what he was teaching was a form of modified Wing Chun. The stance and basic structure was more Wing Chun than anything else. When he was teaching in Oakland, what he taught started to resemble Western Boxing in structure as well as technique. Once in Los Angeles he added the basic fencing theory of intercepting and Jeet Kune Do was born.
Instead of focusing on crashing the line and blasting, he started focusing on maintaining distance and intercepting an attack. Instead of focusing on gaining an attachment and then trapping and hitting, he started focusing on hitting with enough speed and deception that the opponent was not able to block it. While the Wing Chun elements were still taught, they just were not emphasized as much. This was however a slow transition. Those that were learning the first year or so at the L.A. Chinatown school were working more on the Wing Chun elements in their training than those who were there the last year that the school was open, or at Dan Inosanto’s backyard school, once the Chinatown school was closed... Read more