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"She certainly packs a punch." —Black Belt Magazine

About the Author

Teri Tom, M.S., R.D., is a certified Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do instructor who has spent over 800 hours in private study with Sifu Ted Wong. She specializes in sports nutrition and is based at the exclusive The SportsClub/LA in West Los Angeles, CA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Original ed. edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804836302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804836302
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I find it interesting that Teri Tom had no martial arts experience at all when she found Ted Wong and began to study Jeet Kune do. Teri Tom isn't what the masses have been trained to expect in a martial arts teacher--neither are her methods. That may be why I bought this book. She teaches what ~is~ concerning this important combative building block, what works. That being said, the practical means and methods contained within Tom's book are the foundation of Boxing, kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, numerous systems of Chinese and Okinawan Karate (Kyokushinkai if we're talking actual competitive combat), and a number of other practical street oriented schools.

The Straight Lead. Fundamental element within virtually every school of boxing in the world, regardless of culture. This is a very technical treatis on a foundation technique contained in virtually every form of fistic art known to man. Within this volume you'll discover a history of fighters (generally Western boxers) who were known for controlling matches by their application of the straight lead, as well as the connection between the straight lead and fencing, how Bruce Lee became enamored of this technique and came to include it in the core of his jeet kune do curriculum, and more.

The explanation of stances and footwork going beyond the usual (yawn) basic fare. You don't have to ask why, Teri Tom explains the physics of the technique and how variations in stance, balance, and body shifting can influence the application of the straight lead. Also included are drills for speed and timing, bag work, combining with other techniques. I like the fact that there are plenty of photographs to clearly get the concepts across, while the writen descriptions leave no room for doubts.
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I enjoyed reading Teri Tom's book on the Straight Lead. I too had been researching Bruce Lee's sources of his Jeet Kune Do for over 30 years and have kept my findings, discoveries and research to myself. I am glad to see that someone has publicly published a book that has respectfully revealed some of the sources of Bruce Lee's techniques in JKD. Unlike popular belief, Bruce Lee did not take the best of many styles (especially the misconception that Bruce took 27 different arts)to create JKD. To put in bluntly, JKD is a science of martial arts as expressed by the human body. And just as the old Boxing Books helped Bruce Lee understand the Science Of Punching as expressed by the human body, the art that Bruce Lee discovered and eventually called Jeet Kune Do is useful today as it was back in the 1970's. The reason for this is that the art is a Science. And this scientific martial art known as Jeet Kune Do works as well today as it did back then. Unless human beings grow an extra arm or foot, this science can not be ignored. To read Teri Tom's book, will help to understand and appreciate this fact.

Some people may get offended when reading this book because it takes aim at those who counterfeit the art of JKD (Chapter 10). Perhaps this should have been left for another book. But then again, to be politically correct just to sell a book is not something Bruce Lee himself would have done. So you have to give the author credit for telling it like it is, though it won't win any great reviews here in Amazon from those that are teaching the "mixed martial arts" version of JKD.

A book like this should be in every martial artists library, whether you agree with part or all of it's content.
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The best book I have on Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. Throwing a Straight Lead is not easy and this book breaks it down into the scientific sections that comprise it.

The "stuff" she cannot cover adequately she tells you upfront. The pictures are good, but you really need to read\reread into what is presented. She comments heavy, so you can look up the resources yourself. Some of the books she had access to are way out of print or are going for several hundred dollars on Amazon.-Ouch. Her attention to detail is incredible. You'll want to re-read this book and put in a Bruce Lee DVD and watch it frame by frame.--She even tells you how many minutes into a movie you want to go to see a particular move. I am hoping she follows this book up with one on footwork. She covers a lot on footwork, but admits real early on that it is an entire subject all on its own.
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Anyone who wants to separate the myths from fact will love this book! I can see why the Bruce Lee estate and family has endorsed it. The death of a legendary hero like Bruce Lee often brings out added pain in the form of necromantic exploitation by people that want to attach themselves to the legend. Some have even taken this practice to the point of taking credit for Bruce Lee's art and speaking for him as if from the grave. Bruce Lee's family has had to endure this distasteful fraud that not only misrepresents Mr. Lee but also does the art a disservice.

Teri Tom has done a meticulous job of setting the record straight, exposing these frauds using the best weapon; facts. Shannon Lee was very careful to approve everything that would represent her father honestly and accurately and provided a treasure chest of evidence to back up every claim.

It's easy to see where this book will ruffle the feathers of those who have created their own "cult" by exploiting the myths that this book dispels.

A previous reviewer seems to be a member of that necromantic "cult" considering his weak logic and attempts to respond to claims that this book does not make instead of addressing the facts. If he had honestly read it, he would have known that Ted Wong does not claim to be Bruce Lee. This reviewer seems to be very interested in making lame excuses for the people that have contributed to the mythology that has polluted Bruce Lee's incredible impact on the martial arts world. I wonder why. Hmmmm
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