El Oso de Dios!
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- Mar 5, 2005
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I don't have any experience with JKD and I'm not trying to imply otherwise. I have a semester's worth of experience with Foil fencing in college phys-ed, so I've got a little bit there.
Whatever is there, is it really as a result of influence, or is it more coincidentally similar? I'm asking in all honesty. If you can describe the JKD lead hand position and the philosophy of the intercepting fist, and explain how that was influenced by fencing, I would be interested.
If one hasn't studied the method, I just question how much influence it can have.
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do
"...It is a constant, rapid shifting of ground, seeking the slightest closing which will greatly increase the chances of hitting the opponent."
Sports Illustrated: Book of Fencing "It is a constant rapid shifting of ground, seeking the slight closing of distance, which will greatly increase the chances of hitting the opponent."
A key principle in fencing, the stop-hit, is pretty much what "Jeet Kune Do," the way of the intercepting fist, might take its name from.
I couldn't find a JKD stop-hit that wasn't somewhat goofy, but the principle is the same.
The idea that you can set up your opponent so that you will be able to intercept him in his most vulnerable state, when attacking, is central to the work of fencing authors Aldo Nadi and Julio Martinez Castello, both of whom are quoted heavily in Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Peter Lee, Bruce's brother, was a (champion?) fencer in Hong Kong, so he was exposed to fencing there, perhaps in Seattle as well.
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