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Jeet Kune Do Kicking


Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe they should direct their kicks to their opponent's shins, knees, thighs and midsection. These targets are the closest to the foot, provide more stability and are more difficult to defend against. Maintaining low kicks utilizes the principle of economy of motion by reducing the distance a kick must travel, thus minimizing the "time" element. However, as with all other JKD principles nothing is "written in stone". If a target of opportunity presents itself, even a target above the waist, one could take advantage and not be hampered by this principle.


Σχολή Πολεμικών Τεχνών ΑθήναA. Side Kick (Primarily Lead Leg)

1. Downward side kick (shin/knee and thigh)

2. Parallel side kick (ribs, stomach, kidneys, etc.)

3. Upward side kick

4. Angle-in high side kick (right lead to left stance and vice versa)

5. Angle-in low side kick

6. Slide-in drop side kick (upward or parallel thrust)

7. Step-back shin/knee side kick (counter)

8. Leaping side kick

9. Reverse shin/knee stop-kick (with arch of rear foot)


B. Leading Straight Kick

1. Toe kick (lead and counter to groin)

2. High straight kick

3. Medium straight kick

4. Low straight kick

5. Angle-in straight kick

6. Rising straight kick (to knee or wrist)

7. Step-back straight kick

8. Leaping straight kick

9. Downward front cross stomp


C. Reverse Straight Kick

1. High reverse straight kick

2. Medium reverse straight kick

3. Low reverse straight kick

4. Angle-in reverse straight kick (high, medium, low)

5. Step-back reverse straight kick

D. Hook Kick

1. Leading hook (high, medium, low)

2. Reverse hook (high, medium, low)

3. Leading one-two hook

4. Reverse one-two hook

5. Double leaping hook

6. Step-back hook

7. Vertical hook

8. Inverted hook


E. Spin Back Kick

1. High spin back kick

2. Medium spin back kick

3. Low spin back kick

4. Step-back spin back kick (counter)

5. Leaping spin back kick

6. Vertical spin back kick

7. Spin back wheel kick (360°)


F. Hooking Heel Kick (stiff-legged or bent)

1. High hooking heel kick

2. Medium hooking heel kick

3. Low hooking heel kick

4. Leading one-two hooking heel kick

5. Reverse one-two hooking heel kick (with rear foot)


G. Knee Thrust

1. Leading upward knee thrust

2. Leading inward knee thrust

3. Reverse upward knee thrust (rear knee)

4. Reverse inward knee thrust (rear knee)


Πολεμική Τέχνη Jeet Kune Do Μπρους ΛιJeet Kune Do kicks from a right stance

Side kick
1. Downward side kick (shin/knee and thigh)
2. Right simple sid
e kick to knee/shin
3. Right simple side kick to thigh or rib

Parallel side kick (ribs, stomach, kidneys)
1. Right simple side kick to head
2. Angle in high side kick (to left stance)
3. Angle in low side kick (to left stance)

Upward side kick (solar plexus, head)
1. Reverse left side kick
Leaping side kick
3. Jumping side kick
4. Slide in dropping side kick
5. Step-back side kick

Leading straight kick
1. Right high straight
2. Right medium straight
3. Right low straight
4. Right angle in (to left stance)

JKD groin kick
1. Right rising kick (knee and/or wrist)
2. Step-back straight kick

Hook kick
1. Right simple high hook
2. Right simple medium hook
3. Right simple low hook 4. Reverse left high hook
5. Reverse left medium hook
6. Reverse left low hook
7. Right one-two hook
8. Reverse left one-two hook
9. Jumping hook
10. Step-back hook
11. Double leading hook
12. Three foot sweeps

Spinning back kick
1. Left simple spinning back kick high
2. Left simple spinning back kick low
3. Left simple spinning back kick medium.
4. Jumping reverse spinning back kick
5. Step-back spinning back kick

Heel kick (stiff-legged or bent)
1. Right simple high heel kick
2. Right simple medium heel kick
3. Right simple low heel kick
4. Right one-two heel kick
5. Reverse left one-two heel kick (to left stancer)

Reverse straight kick
1. Reverse left high straight kick
2. Reverse left medium straight kick
3. Reverse left low straight kick
4. Reverse left angle in high straight kick
5. Reverse left angle in medium straight kick
6. Reverse left angle in low straight kick
7. Reverse left cross stomp
8. Step-back reverse straight kick


Jeet Kune Do Kicking Sets

It's commonly believed that Bruce Lee discarded all forms and sets by the time he developed his system of Jeet Kune Do. The truth is he taught several sets during the Los Angeles Chinatown era.

During this era he taught 5 different kicking sets.

They were designed not only to teach all the variations of kicks he practiced, but also to teach the various types of footwork required for kicking effectively, balance, coordination etc.

At first, these kicking sets are practiced with strict form. Once you've learned the sequences and can perform them adequately, they were trained in a more fluid manner... similar to shadow kickboxing. Or as Sifu Tackett teaches, “classical” and “freestyle” variations of the sets.
The kicking sets were named:

Die Yut Low (straight kick)
Die Yee Low (hook kick)
Die Sum Low (north south set)
Die Say Low (chasing set)
JKD Kicking Set (sometimes called “The Little Dragon Set”)


Die Yut Low Straight Kicking Set (Use only Jik Tek Straight Kick)

Die Yee Low Hook Kicking Set (Use only O'ou Tek Hook Kick)

Stage 1 Classical Way
Stage 2 Freelance Way

(Gin Lai)
Face East in "set" stance (By-Jong)
1. Right kick from By-Jong
2. Right kick from step & slide shuffle
Cover to West in By-Jong
1. Left kick from By-Jong
2. Left kick from step & slide shuffle
Cover to East in By-Jong
1. Cross-over right kick
2. Returning rear left kick
Cover to West in By-Jong
1. Cross-over left kick
2. Returning rear right kick
Cover to East in By-Jong
1. Step thru left kick & step thru right kick
Cover to West in By-Jong
1. Step thru right kick & step thru left kick
Cover to East in By-Jong
1. Step thru left kick, followed by slide shuffle left kick
2. Right reverse returning kick, followed by pendulum shuffle kick (right)
Cover to West in By-Jong
1. Step thru right kick, followed by slide shuffle right kick
2. Left reverse returning kick, followed by pendulum shuffle kick (left)
Close to natural stance


Die Sum Low North South Kicking Set

Open to North with left dropping back into right stance

1. Straight kick to North (right leg)
2. Hook kick to North (right leg)
3. Rear kick to South (left leg)
4. Side kick to East (right leg)
5. Spin kick to North (left leg)
6. Rear kick to North (left leg)
7. Cover to South in right stance
8. Step thru hook to South (left leg)
9. Straight kick to South (left leg)
10. Hook kick to South (left leg)
11. Rear kick to North (right leg)
12. Side kick to East (left leg)
13. Spin kick to South (right leg)
14. Rear kick to South (right leg)
15. Cover to North in left stance
16. Step thru hook to North (right leg)
Close to natural stance


Jeet Kune Do Kicking Set ("The Little Dragon Set")

Ready Position (B
Ball Kick (Jik Tek) 1. Rt. ball kick (stationary), Lt. ball kick (step-thru)
Side Kick (Juk Tek) 2. Rt. side kick (step-thru), Lt. side kick (step-thru)
Rear Kick (Hou Tek) 3. Rt. rear kick (plant forward), Lt. rear kick
Hook Kick (O'ou Tek) 4. Lt. hook kick (plant to rear), Rt. hook kick (stationary)
Spin Kick (Juen Tek) 5. Rt. finger jab - Lt. spin kick, Lt. finger jab - Rt. spin kick
Front Kick/Side Kick 6. Lt. front-side kick (plant forward), Rt. front-side kick (plant forward)
Low-High Side Kick 7a. Lt. low-high side kick
7b. Rt. low-high side kick
Ball-Rear Kick 8a. Lt. ball-rear kick

8b. Rt. ball-rear kick
Ball-Hook Kick 9. Lt. ball-hook kick, Rt. step-thru ball-hook kick
Hook-Spin Kick 10. Rt. step-slide hook-spin kick, Lt. step-slide hook-spin kick
Ball-Butterfly Kick 11. Rt. step thru ball-butterfly kick, Lt. step thru ball-butterfly kick
Crescent Kick 12. Clockwise crescent kicks (2) R/L, Counterclockwise crescent kicks (2) L/R
Inverted Hook/Rear Slap Kick (Gua/Haso Tek) 13a. Rt. step-slide inverted-rear slap kick

13b. Lt. step-slide inverted-rear slap kick
Side Kick 14a. Left then right side kicks (plant slightly forward and right) 14b. Right then left side kicks (plant left foot forward)
"White Crane" Position Into
Cyclone Kick 15a. Cyclone kick and inward windmill hands

15b. Cyclone kick and end up in second "White Crane" position
Close to natural stance

Note: Kicking set can also be practiced without footwork if only a small space is available. Set can also be ended at first "White Crane" position, eliminating Cyclone kicks.


Non-Classical Sets Of Jeet Kune Do (Chinese Boxing)

Freelance Set 1 (Shadow Boxing)
Consists of all footwork:
1. Step & Slide Shuffle Advance
2. Step & Slide Shuffle Retreat
3. Slide Shuffle Advance
4. Slide Shuffle Retreat
5. Push Shuffle Advance
6. Push Shuffle Retreat
7. Step Thru
8. Step Back
9. Circle Right
10. Circle Left
11. Curving Right
12. Curving Left
13. Replace Step
14. Heel & Toe Sway
15. Pendulum Shuffle
16. Lead Step (3 ways)
17. Triangle Pattern (2 ways)
18. Rocket Shuffle


Freelance Set 2
Consists of:
Jik Tek (Straight Kick)
O'ou Tek (Hook Kick)
Juk Tek (Side Kick)
Hou Tek (Rear Kick)
Juen Tek (Spin Kick)
Qua Tek (Inverted Hook Kick)
The following kicks from a:
1. By-Jong
2. Slide Shuffle
3. Step & Slide Shuffle
4. Pendulum Shuffle
5. Step Thru & Back


Freelance Set 3 (Hand set with all footwork)
Consists of:
1. Right Lead (Face, nose) Chung Choy
2. Right Lead (Stomach) Ping Choy or Chung Choy
3. Right Lead (Slant to jaw) Ping Choy
4. Right Backfist (Jaw, cheek & temple) Qua Choy
5. Straight Hit (Stop hit) Tan Da
6. Four Corners (Stop hits)
7. Parries & Guards


JKD 5 Corner Kicking Drill

(Right leg):
kick to 12:00
hook kick to 1:30
kick to 3:00
side/back kick to 4:30
kick to 6:00


(Then immediately with the left leg):
kick to 12:00
hook kick to 10:30
kick to 9:00
side/back kick to 7:30
kick to 6:00


Sijo Bruce Lee’s Quick Kicking Routine

Shadow Kicking Routine:
Forward straight heel kick – 3 sets of 12
Forward shovel kick – 3 sets of 12
Side kick – 3 sets of 12
Low side kick – 3 sets of 12
Low toe kick – 3 sets of 12
Groin toe kick – 3 sets of 12
Hook kick (medium & high) – 3 sets of 12
Spinning back hook kicks – 3 sets of 12

Pad/Bag Kicking Routine:
kick (left)
Side kick (right)
kick (left)
kick (right)
Spinning kick – heavy bag
kick on a pad
Rear front thrust – heavy bag


Basic ways of delivering kicks

1. From the Natural stance
2. Ready stance position using the front leg
3. Reatreating
a. hop bak
b. step and slide back
c. slide and step back
4. Step and slide shuffle
5. Slide shuffle


Jeet Kune Do Terminology

Jik Tek: Straight kick
Juk Tek: Side kick
Oou Tek: Hook kick
Hou Tek: Back kick

Hou Juk Tek: Back-side kick
Juen Tek: Spin back kick
So Tek: Sweep kick (Reverse hook kick)
Dum Tek:
Foot stomp kick
Lin Dum Tek: Cross stamp kick (Oblique kick)
Qua Tek, Gwa Tek: Inverted hook kick
Jeet Tek: Foot obstruction, stop kick

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