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The Straight Lead: The Core of Bruce Lee's Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Paperback – November 15, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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excellent product very informational and a must have in regards to unlocking your potential with jkdPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The straight lead is the core of Bruce Lee's JKD and is probably the most difficult aspect to master. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mohammad A.
Im sorry. I have a vast library of books on martial arts which include Wing Chun and JKD. Now initially I found this book to have a great purpose and an in-depth scientific look at... Read morePublished 12 months ago by william ibarrondo
An amazing exploration of a commonly misunderstood technique based on Bruce Lee's true principles.Published 16 months ago by Fred Blum, DC
Great book. If there was only one technique everyone should master, this is it.Published 18 months ago by Theresa Chamblee
Great book! I learned so much more about jeet kune do. It gave me a good description and good pictures of how to throw the techniques.Published on April 2, 2014 by Scott Brady
this is a great product, and well made too, and I would definitely and highly recommend this product to anyone who is thinking of purchasing it.Published on March 8, 2014 by Kenny
this is an excellent treatise on the core of Bruce Lees' art of Jeet Kune Do Gung Fu. It"s a no bs examination of the most important aspect of the style without a style. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Bill Sekerak
Teri Tom has given us a study in the fundamental approach to Bruce Lee's fighting method and Bruce would be proud. Thank you Teri...Published on January 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer