Phase 1 Video Playlists
Phase 1 Lessons
All Students Must Memorize A-Z, before proceeding to the next level. These are the basics of our system and will prepare you for more challenging systems in the future.
Lesson A: The Salute
The Warrior & The Scholar
The Salute is what we do at the beginning and the end of every class. It represents the duality of life, the Yin and Yang, The Warrior and Scholar.
Lesson B: History
Sijo Bruce Lee grew beyond his foundational teachings of Wing Chun and began calling this new “style” Jun Fan Gung Fu. Jun Fan being Bruce’s native name. Jun Fan Gung Fu is often referred to as “Modified Wing Chun” [1964 - 1967]
Jeet Kune Do or Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is another step in Bruce’s progression. It revolves around the core arts of Wing Chun, Boxing & Fencing. It pulls techniques from many other styles such as savate wrestling and jujitsu. For this reason many refer to Bruce Lee as one of the grandfathers of MMA. [1967+]
In 1980 the idea of “Conceptual J.K.D.” appeared. This came when the art began adding pieces from many more styles such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Filipino Kali, & Silat. Simply putting it: Since many wanted to retain some of what Bruce was originally teaching, while others saw continued evolution as the ultimate lesson and goal, the name split appeared.
Jun Fan Gung Fu Modified Wing Chun (1964 - 1967)
Called Jeet Kune Do or Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Core arts: Wing Chun, Boxing, Fencing.
Sub arts: Savate, wrestling, Jujutsu and more.
circa 1967 – 1980
In addition to Wing Chun, Boxing & Fencing. Plus, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Filipino Kali, & Silat circa1980
Lesson Media Resources:
- Click here to watch a documentary though you should really read the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which he wrote.
Lesson C: Philosophy
“Jeet Kune Do” means: The Way of the Intercepting Fist
There is too much to cover here in one sitting. Remember the following points, then begin to read and consume as much information as you can.
Core arts of Jun Fan J.K.D:
60% Wing Chun
20% Western Sword Fencing
20% Western Boxing
The Jun Fan (Bruce Lee) System (The mental aspect)
Sticking to the nucleus
Liberation from the nucleus
Returning to original freedom
The three stages of development (The physical aspect)
Lesson D: Motto and Creed
J.K.D. motto: Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.
J.K.D. creed: Absorb what’s useful, discard what’s useless, add what is essentially your own.
Lesson E: Principles
Simplicity – Daily minimize instead of daily increase/The sculptor analogy
Effectiveness – No Passive defense: we are offensive (Example, Jom Sao, Sliding leverage)
Economy of motion –Controlling all muscle contractions, and tension during the execution of all movement.
Lesson F: Foundation & Si Lim Tau
Understanding proper structure for your body and movements is key to understanding the basis of many of the techniques that we practice. A grasp of the concept of centerline should be emphasized.
"Siu Nim Tao / Si Lim Tau / Si Lim Tow" can be used as a form of moving and breathing meditation. In addition, it increases student concentration and focus. The form is also used extensively to develop proper structure, muscle memory & forward energy in Wing Chun practitioners.
About conditioning drills (5&7 Star Condition Drills)
The human body repairs itself and adapts to the conditions it is put under. For a thousand years, and more recently in modern MMA and the U.S. Marine Corps, body hardening techniques are applies to condition and strengthen the bones (through microfractures you allow to heal) the nerves (it dulls the nerves and reduces pain in the area later down the road) and your mental strength (dealing with pain). Start slow and one day you’ll notice a real difference.
Shifting your base
Mother-line = vertical center mass
Centerline = personnel offense/defense line
Meridian-line = (attacking line) Your Centerline aligns with opponents Mother-line
Lesson G: Base Shifting
Yee Jee Kim Ma – Restraining goat stance (The origin/for training only)
- Cho Ma - Base shifting from Yee Jee Kim Ma stance
One foot turns the base
Both feet turn the base
Walking base turns
Turn base with tools in air
Proper shifting in Wing Chun requires the hips and the feet because it’s what generates the force behind our strikes and blocks. Base shifting allows you to keep your balance and generate power while removing yourself from your opponents attacking line.
To be able to correctly base shift, you must understand your basic stances as well... all of this is fairly complex and is best summed up in a video
Lesson H: Stance
Have Your Dominant Side Forward: Because…
Closer to the opponent
Harder to block
Has greater dexterity
More reliable than your non-dominant hand
Dung Bo Stance – Original Jun Fan Gung Fu stance (Inside of lead elbow & middle finger on centerline)
Know how to move forward into (from natural position)
Move backward into (from natural position)
By-Jong Ready Position – Inside of lead elbow on centerline.
Moving forward into
Moving backward into
Sliding from By-Jong stance into Dung Bo stance & back to By-Jong stance
Pivoting left & right (pivot on front foot first, then rear foot)
Lesson I: Footwork
Footwork is the most important tool in fighters arsenal, for both the attack and the defense. You move in such a way that reduces your exposure to attack, while maintaining your ability to counterattack. Quick defense and a threatening ability to commit to offense. Just watching the video and going over the basic movements -literally a thousand times a week if possible- is the quickest way to become a proficient martial artist. Everything is built upon footwork.
The 3 Rules of Footwork
Whatever direction you move, that foot moves first.
Feet should take equal distance steps
Do not teeter-totter your weight back & forth while moving
Basic Footwork Drill (in By-Jong position)
Step + slide
Slide + step
Advance, advance, retreat & Retreat, retreat, advance Drill:
Normal 2. Slow-Fast-Slow 3. Fast-Slow- Fast
Brim of Fire (distance from opponent)
Lesson J: Defensive Kicking Mechanics
Side, Back, Hook & Straight kicks (your longest weapons)
Longest Weapon to Nearest Target
Bruce lee said that shin-knee side kick with the front leg is the fastest and most direct strike that we must use frequently as an offensive or defensive technique.
Hand/Foot moves first
Don’t telegraph your intentions or you’ll get hit first.
This principle makes use of the way that a fire hose behaves when water thrusts though it into its walls. The force of the water causes the hose to suddenly jerk to a straight position in the direction that the water is flowing. This happens very quickly.
When striking an opponent, imagine that your shoulder is the opening from the hydrant and the water is going to flow in the direction of your target. When the hydrant is turned on, your arm, forced to do so by the powerful surge of water, shoots straight as an arrow to the target that you are intending to strike.
Kinetic Link Principle
The principle that body segments generate high end-point velocity by accelerating and decelerating adjacent links, using internal and external muscle torques applied to the body segments in a sequential manner from proximal to distal, from massive to least massive, and from the most fixed point to the most free point.
Nerdist.com and Popular Mechanics had some great articles (here and here) discussing the kinetic linking of the body and how it is tied to the physical structure of the brain. It is something you learn and develop over time - and your brain and body adapt to it. It is the link that both Tim Linecum and Bruce Lee share - The learned ability to focus your entire body into a single point of pressure.
The Popular Mechanics article does a great job in summarizing this concept using Bruce’s famous one-inch-punch example:
“Because the punch happens over such a short amount of time, Lee has to synchronize each segment of the jab … Lee must layer his movements so that each period of peak acceleration follows the last one instantly. So coordination is key. And that's where the neuroscience comes in.”
Scientists compared the punches of general athletes versus those of martial artists. While it was evident that the martial artists were hitting harder - the reasoning was a bit surprising.
It was not simply overall body strength or even the speed of the strikes that accounted for the disparity - it was found that attacks that maximized the peak acceleration of multiple muscle groups together accounted for the increase in power. This creates the maximum possible mass in the punch at the highest velocity (more on that in a minute).
Apparently, this is level of interbody coordination is directly related to the development of white matter in the supplementary motor cortex. Luckily, this white matter can be developed over many years of training and practice.
Kinetic Link be able to Demonstrate:
Water (PROOF - - shaking of the head)
Side kick right foot only (from natural position) low first, then to individual flexibility
From Dung Bo stance (Rear foot does not pivot)
Straight kick (high Oblique)
By-Jong to Dung Bo stance
Straight kick (high Oblique)
By-Jong to Heel-toe-sway
Straight kick (high Oblique)
Lesson K: Offensive Kicking Mechanics
By-Jong to Heel-toe-sway & push advance
Introduction to the pendulum kicking motion
Stationary (grandfather clock example)
3 man drill
Straight kick (high Oblique)
Add lead hand draw
½ step & pendulum
Double pendulum Side kick only (all water)
Lesson L: Hand Tools and Fist Conditioning
Physics of Jeet Kune Do punching
Learn the Proper way making of a fist
Iron palm set on sand bag
Chop chuie x2
Lesson M: Punching Mechanics
Mitt on shoulder (wrist & arm only, no hip)
1” Ch’ung Chuie (elbow straight) wrist & hip torque
6” Ch’ung Chuie (wrist, arm & hip torque)
Ch’ung Chuie (wrist, arm, hip torque & body lean)
Ch’ung Chuie (wrist, arm, hip torque, body lean & advance)
Straight blast (Jik Ch’ung Chuie)
The Straight Blast
This technique is based on the concept of sustained and overwhelming offense as a means of forcing your opponent onto the defensive. You attack with fists perpendicularly above one another and moving them in a circular motion (starting forward and downward) in a tight formation. This is intended to throw off the opponent by dealing a barrage of centrifugally forced punches at the center of the opponent's mass.
In some of his books, Bruce Lee mentions how boxers would scoff at this 'funny' looking technique, but when they were not expecting it in sparring matches, they would take the brunt of the attack, be thrown off guard and defeated.
Lesson N: Finger Jab
Response Time 6 vs. 3
Dissecting an attack
Bui Jee (Finger jab):
In a street fight situation, when one's opponent may be trying to inflict serious harm, eyes should be a primary target. An eye poke needs little power to be effective, and it can stop even highly determined attackers. If the hand is kept at an approximately 45° angle to the opponent's face during the strike, there is less risk of hurting ones fingers, and even if they do not connect with the eye, the palm can impact on the opponent's face
Adds range to your attack as well, versus a typical jab.
Lesson O: Sliding Leverage
Sliding leverage can be applied against both the inside and outside of the attacker's attacking arm. Sometimes referred to as "cutting into the tool", youl simply slide off the line of attack and intercept from an angle by striking into the opponents tool.
On bottom arm of Mook Jong (Wooden Man)
Drill # 1
Drill # 2
Bui Jee & straight blast drill
Lesson Media Resources:
Lesson P: JKD Jab
Small arc Principle: (first short jab, then long jab mechanics)
Jab Pull drill
Jun Fan version
Lesson Q: Partner Drills
½ step & pendulum (opponent retreats in By-Jong)
Add hand feint
Lead pendulum kick to straight blast (opponent retreats in By-Jong) introduce boxers shell
Add hand feint
Against opponents advancing lead (left & right)
Side kick with retreat
Front kick (introduce defensive Pak sao)
Hook kick with defensive Pak sao)
Back kick VS. Right straight/hook kick (opponent in right & left leads)
Retreat just enough, stop and fire your own right lead (opponent practices advancing in both right & left stances with right lead jab. (Introduce the false right lead, for opponents left stance)
Sliding leverage & Jik ch’ung chuie (opponent feeds 3 straight punches) Retreat, retreat, sliding leverage
Lesson R: Self Chi-Sao (Whirpool Energy)
Lesson S: Mook Jong Basics
The Wing Chun wooden dummy uses an arm and leg configuration has three arms and one leg, which represents an opponent's body in various positions and the lines of force the body can give out. The wooden slats on which the muk yan jong is mounted has a springiness that is similar to a human opponent's involuntary reaction and allows the user to practice absorbing energy into his/her stance. The Wooden Man teaches your body and mind to be tough, and your muscles to endure collisions as well.
Kwan sao x 2
All tools (from Yee jee kim ma) with base shifting
All tools with partner (partner straight punches, working wrist snap)
Seep Ma (intercepting circle step)
Seep ma to Dumg bo position
Seep ma to Dumg bo position with Kwan Sao
Lessson T: Rattan Ring
Training Rattan Rings help teach the practitioner to keep their hands properly linked in attacks and defense. Much of the offensive and defensive techniques we use require advanced coordination between both of your hands.
Lesson U: Sensitivity Drills
These drills are built to emphasizes correct positioning, relaxation, and sensitivity toward your opponents intentions. These drills ingrain a necessary muscle memory that you will need when applying self defense techniques with split second precision.
Springing arms drill (introduction to the Jut Sao)
Don Chi Sao – Single Sticky Hand Drill
Palm to chest
Tan sao switch
Fook sao switch
Inside whip switch
Outside whip switch
Lesson V: Trapping Drills
Trapping is incredibly difficult against a skilled opponent, but the concepts transcend into a number of other combat technique, and can be used by those with enough skill. Once trapped you can control your opponent - allowing you to limit the damage done to either of you. Usually this is done by pressing his arms into his torso, effectively “trapping” his arm with yours, and limiting the muscles he can utilize to free his limb - this usually allows for a few moments with which to land a clean strike or begin a combination.
Pak & Lop Drill
Lop Sao/Jom Sao drill (Loping or Paking opponents Tan Sao or Jom Sao)
Bong Sao/Lop Sao drill
Fan sao switch
High lop sao switch
Low lop sao switch
Tan sao switch
Pak sao switch
Biu sao switch
Goang sao switch
Lesson W: Rolling
From seated position
Lesson X: Falling
Learning to use your body is key in self defense and all of the martial arts. Getting up and down safely and correctly is obviously part of that. This techniques also allow you to train throws and take-downs with partner with minimized risk.
Side falls Left & Right
Rolling break falls
Left & Right
Lesson Y: JF Mook Jong Sets
The Mook Jong Sets give you a set structure to work, in order to ensure you are working the full range of your techniques on the dummy. Almost all movements within these sets translate into real world applications.
The 4 Ranges of combat:
Kicking range -
Punching range -
Trapping range -
Lesson Z: 4 Corners
The “Gates” of Wing Chun separate your body into even sections, in order to help you divide and construct a defense. Think high inside, high outside, low inside, low outside. Each of these sectors, in relation to your torso, has a set defensive and counter response that you practice.
In other words, the type of attack is fairly irrelevant; it simply matters towards which of your zones they are attacking. By “filling space,” since no two objects can occupy the same space at the same time, you can create angles of deflection and redirection that does not rely on strength or over complicated movements. This simplifies your movements for maximum effectiveness.