Trapping Range Control, Shoulder Check Application, Bruce Lee Teaching advice
Part 2 of 4 from my private video training Diary:
1:29 Trapping Range Control
Jerry's forte has always been trapping. Like no other instructor that I trained with. Daniel Lee focused on boxing, footwork, and classical Wing Chun while other JKD instructors (mostly 2nd generation) had no idea of how to apply trapping principles like Bruce Lee taught and performed. Jerry was unique at this.
2:43 Difference Between Classical Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do
So many times I have encountered Wing Chun instructors claiming JKD is JUST Wing Chun and I remember the heated arguments I got into with them...in person.
This is a GOOD example of what that difference is. Beware of JKD charlatans out there supporting the Wing Chun = JKD claims...there are quite a bit out there on YouTube.
2:56 Explosive Shoulder Check
This is a technique I particularly like because I am reminded of the story Jerry told me regarding Bruce Lee's use of the Bong Sao as a body check. I'll be doing a video on this in the future.
Bruce Lee was not only innovative in developing techniques but also in his teaching methods. He did not participate in large crowd martial arts classes so this brought a unique edge to his presentation methods which is why a majority of his students have retained the information to this day he taught them. This video contains a brief sampling of what that was like.
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Continuing the lesson that was recorded June 2 2002 during a private lesson with my personal Digital Video Camera.
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I debated with myself for sometime whether I should post this material and it became clear to me that this information should be shared. I will not monetize this video. Ever. This was filmed with my Sony mini-Digital Video camera with my video tape. This is my footage.
As of late YouTube has been flooded with garbage material calling itself Jeet Kune Do so I'm bringing you the real deal. I'm sick of the bullshit artists glomming off the Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do names, writing shitty books, while self promoting with clever marketing. We see it happen everywhere and in every martial art philosophy. All you have to do is look at how Wing Chun has been given the corner shopping mall treatment with belt ranking and withholding information that is freely available on Amazon Prime from Yip Man himself.
To my knowledge and from countless internet searches this material has never been presented because it's not as "commercial" as some JKD information. I assisted Jerry with private lessons as well as seminars and this was never presented. There are three more segments to come from this session. The remaining information is contained in my notebooks and committed to memory. I will also be presenting my personal innovations of martial arts training at a later time.
Part 3 Deflections with the Stick Down and Bonus Material
This is the final part of the information I recorded in 2002 regarding what Jerry Poteet taught me in Escrima. He did teach me more which I took notes on and will do a few videos on them someday because it's information that needs to be out there since most of the Escrima I've seen is all the flashy stuff without the JKD principles.
As I mentioned before I will not get into the Core VS Concepts argument because it is dead and no one cares. HOWEVER I will call out BULLSHIT ARTISTS out there promoting there art as Jeet Kune Do when they don't even touch upon Bruce's scattered notes contained in THE TAO OF JEET KUNE DO. Too many seminar certificate jerks promoting themselves as the real deal using skeevy marketing tactics which is pretty pathetic in this day of Mixed Martial Arts and Reality Based Combat training that is available.
I digressed. Sorry.
The bonus material includes: a stick twirling exercise which is something I would not practice anymore since I am interested in keeping a firm grip on the stick at all times. Yes I will do a video on that.
Then last we have how Wing Chun principle apply to Escrima. Information like this is very hard to find so I'm happy to present this.
I'm purchasing a camera tripod and microphone so expect higher quality videos after the 2002 diary is all uploaded.
Next week's post and a few following are going to be very special because they present more JKD information that has not been presented publicly (as to the best of my knowledge).
In other news I completed my stand and the only things holding me back from being completely done is the company I ordered my Dummy leg from (worst customer service ever and I'll say more once I get it IF I ever get it) and drying out the trunk in my oven at work (which has been closed due to Covid19)
Stay safe and wear a mask! Seriously what better time to be able to wear a Ninja mask in public!!!
Part 2 Deflections with the Stick up
This is the unedited portion of the my 2002 video training diary that I recorded after private lessons with first generation Bruce Lee student Jerry Poteet.
Although the use of 24 inch sticks are used to simulate a machete my opinion has changed over the use of smaller, lighter sticks because they just won’t hold up during training and they aren’t going to stop anybody. Incorporate an axe or sledgehammer handle if you want to develop strength.
Next up is the third and final stick fighting lesson: Deflections with the Stick down.
The remainder on of this video diary contains Wooden Dummy training and advanced footwork so stay tuned!
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Below are pictures of practice sticks I made:
Anyone that has picked up a whip and fell in love with it knows how addicting purchasing and practicing them can be.
I have been practicing with the bullwhip since my first lessons from Anthony and Mary DeLongis at the first Combat Con in Las Vegas in 2011.
Here is an unboxing, review, demo, and quick lesson on beginning whip training.
The brief lesson is on energizing your whip for performance and I will do a longer video on this using one of my leather bullwhips.
As I mention in the video these whips require more arm involvment due to the shorter length but you can still apply proper body mechanics.
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During an evening training session with Jerry Poteet he informed me that I had learned the Jeet Kune Do curriculum and he had little else to show me aside from practicing sticky hands. He asked if I would be interested in learning stick fighting. This was something I was already exploring on my own so I was definitely interested.
A portion of the 2002 video contains most of what he taught me. The other information that I took notes on will be filmed and presented at another time. It’s more information that I haven’t seen presented so subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date.
The first video consists of the basic strikes and is VERY simple as it should be when applying JKD principles. I’m not getting into the “concepts” argument. That is a DEAD argument and MMA helped seal that coffin long ago.
Any sparring that I have done with sticks resorts to these simple strikes although I love my leg strikes while throwing in Savate stick techniques.
I don’t use the rear hand to check as I demonstrate in this video. Jerry taught to use the rear hand to hit instead (ex. throwing a cross to the face after hitting with the front hand stick). No passive moves.
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I'm pretty astounded that despite all the information that Bruce Lee wrote in his notes and inside the books he owned in his vast library that First Generation students fail (or for some reason reluctant) to teach or hold back on some of the knowledge that was presented to them which is why I feel extremely lucky that Jerry Poteet gave me information he didn't give to anyone else (as far as I know.)
I trained with a few of them and will relay my stories on a later blog.
I know I'll hear the JKD simplicity argument with this post but even boxers go outside their realm of comfort to explore new tools instead of drilling the same attributes day in and day out.
Today's MMA competitors are prime examples of the need for new discoveries to unbalance an opponent. It will always boil down to the unpredictability of a fight as well as the reactions of the human body so just enjoy your training and lay off the online arguments.
The following video is another portion of my 2002 video training diary. Jerry taught me this as Bruce showed and explained. Did I actively practice this kick? No but it's knowledge that was passed along and there is no need for it to be kept secret.
This information came out of another brainstorming session for his video series that never happened as planned. This was to be the definitive collection of his knowledge and it's a shame it never happened. I asked about advanced kicks that we could include in one of the videos and he told me about the Drop Sweep Kick which I documented on video.
It's a quick demo with my sound effects and all as usual.
Next up will be the JKD stick fighting information that Jerry showed me.
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I've been throwing knives for a month due to the stay at home quarantine and have become quite obsessed with this developing skill.
This is my unboxing and brief review of a few knives I ordered from DXB SPORT knives in Russia.
Details are in the show notes.
When I was training with Jerry Poteet we had private sessions that were often up to three times or more per week. It got to a point that he mentioned I learned and excelled in the core principles and attributes of Jeet Kune Do. All except for sticky hands which comes with practice and something I really wasn't interested in learning so he asked me if I wanted to go beyond JKD and learn other aspects of what he knew. I was honored that he would say that and I was exploring stick fighting on my own at the time. This sparked a new passion in me to make training weapons.
I had a desktop editing studio which everyone has nowadays and just purchased a Digital Video camera with my site on making short films and instructional videos. YouTube wasn't a thing yet.
It took a lot of time and effort to persuade Jerry it was time for a new video series but once the spark happened he became very interested.
During our brainstorming sessions I asked if we would include weapons training as it pertained to each subject of the video because this is something no one has honestly done as Bruce taught it. This illuminated in him when Bruce Lee taught staff fighting techniques during the Los Angeles private backyard era classes. However he confided in me that he was very reluctant to teach this to every student.
Why did he want to withhold this wealth of knowledge?
All I can think of is that Jerry was a very private person and it took a lot of convincing at times to get him in the public eye more often. This was mostly due to his health issues at the time, which he also told me. I feel very fortunate for the advanced information he taught me and I will be writing more on this in future blogs. Far as I know I have never seen this from any of his students.
Jerry and I discussed a five part video series that would cross reference each other. It was all standard JKD core principles that he didn't present in his first series and how they interacted with each other. For now I will just say things did not go as planned and only two videos were produced. The third video on ADVANCED TRAPPING was filmed but never edited and completed. That sucked for me because it's the one I am featured in. More information for another blog entry.
The production of those two videos took it's toll on on me and one of the many reasons I quit private lessons with him but that's also another story.
While moving last August I found a Digital Video tape with the label "JKD DIARY 2002" that I had forgotten about. My DV camera was no longer working so I took it to CVS to get it transferred to DVD. The information on it brought back a lot of memories. It's an hours worth of advanced Jeet Kune Do information that I have not seen available or talked about online. I will be posting all segments on YouTube.
In this video you will hear me speaking out loud all that was taught to me in that lesson. I repeat things often and make sound effects. Nothing is edited out much to my embarrassment. This was never meant to be seen by anyone but me because it was much easier than taking notes.
My opinions on quarter staff fighting have changed over the years mostly due to training with Ray Floro Fighting Systems.
Looking back on this lesson I see that all of this was used in ENTER THE DRAGON and RETURN OF THE DRAGON and it must have been something to see something on screen that Bruce Lee developed with his students. They were his action team at the time. Today the amount of coordination and choreography is done with months of preparation, training, and filming with teams of people but Bruce did this by himself. Another aspect for him to be revered over.
I’ve been grinding away at these tree trunks for a few weeks. I only get to work on them for a few hours a day due to neighbors complaining about the noise and the clean up is horrendous. Six garbage bags filled with shavings so far! It’s an arduous task but fun and rewarding when the Mook Jong starts taking shape.
As refining begins the natural grain begins to reveal itself and I’m very happy with what I am seeing. It’s going to be difficult deciding which one to give up to sale.
I’ve been working on the camphor trunk the most because it was the thickest. You can see from the cardboard template how much has been removed.
This 9 inch diameter template is one of the most important tools in Wooden Dummy planning and construction.
First I used a draw blade to remove the bark and some wood then an angle grinder with wood working attachments. It’s like using a mini chainsaw.
I also started shaping the acacia trunk this week. Although there isn’t much to remove it has been more difficult because it is much more dense and heavier to move around.
Next up with be some sanding which might take a while since I do not have a hand held belt sander just yet and I’m going to need a booth to work in because the dust will be very fine. This will give me time to decide how I am going to mount these and begin working on the frame or to purchase a floor spring stand.
I also made a new throwing knife target using pressure treated 4 X 4 since I destroyed my palm tree round within a month. I practice one hour a day five days a week. The new target holds up very well and will last a long time. If it gets too destroyed I just need to move the end pieces around.
The palm round is a great target because it is lightweight and knives sink in easy but the clean up is a pain and airborne fibers can’t be good. I won’t be buying one of these again.