Martial Arts - Bruce Lee's Training Secrets
Challenge Match in Hong Kong - can you imagine that, I mean even those guys see it that way. What do
you think of the appreciation of people here? So what I'm hoping to do in film is raise the level."
This means the practitioner should be balanced at all times so that his mobility and stability are maximised.
This also means that the practitioner must develop conditioning so that his legs do not give up under
The following are two tables from Hak Keung Gymnasium of Hong Kong
(Courtesy of " The Bruce Lee Story " by Linda Lee and Tom Bleecker):
We can appreciate his superb conditioning and the rapid progress between 27 May to 10 July 1965.
Furthermore Bruce was very innovative. Back in the 50's, the Chinese Martial Artists were very
conservative. They believed that weight training would slow down the practitioner's speed. But Bruce
found a way to beat it. He would start his program with heavy weights and low repetitions first, then he
reduced the weights and increased the repetitions. He continued to do that until his repetitions reached
maximum and the speed of the exercise also increased. In this way he built muscles and developed power
without losing speed.
One of the most important discoveries from his Wing Chun training was that Wing Chun teaches the
practitioner to train with the individual muscle or group of muscles first, then co-ordinates the movement
together by combining the muscles to make a collective movement in order to get the most out of the
technique. Bruce had mastered this training.
The following is a subtle pose of a seemingly simple movement but it really does condition a few essential
muscles on the arm in question. The other arm is pulled back, placed high but not resting on the body
which is very tiring, enabling the brain to think about two arms at the same time. Hence the practitioner
will be able to use both arms independently at the same time.
Bruce was also very much against high impact training such as the heavy bag kicking because he
understood that the result from the high impact would only develop bulk muscles and they would slow
down the practitioner's speed.
The following is the taped conversation
....Danny Lee 1972:
"Danny: Danny ( Inosanto) was excited yesterday.
Bruce: Yes, he was in my house the night before.
Danny: He didn't want us to do any more heavy bag kicking. He wanted us to
just kick at something light.
Bruce: When you use your leg it is much better - to kick at the phone pad or whatever -
watch out with the side kic k on air kicking - not air kicking too much. If you snap it too
much without contact at the end you can get hurt."
And later they discussed:
Danny: I think you have to pick a few diehard followers and say this is JKD.
Bruce: That's why I tell Dan (Inosanto) to be careful ... .........
Danny: So that's why - I've been working with Dan (Inosanto) a lot.