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The Straight Lead: The Core of Bruce Lee's Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do [Kindle Edition]

Teri Tom , Ted Wong , Shannon Lee Keasler
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Book Description

A key element in the Jeet Kune Do arsenal, the straight punch is a deceptively simple technique that Bruce Lee described as the most difficult move in Jeet Kune Do- "Only one in 10,000 can handle it."

The Straight Lead describes the development of the straight punch in Western martial arts and describes Lee's refinement of the technique. It also offers a thorough instruction in the complexity and power of the move-showing martial artists of any discipline how to incorporate this devastating attack into their repertoire.

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"She certainly packs a punch."—Black Belt

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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  • File Size: 4329 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804836302
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3LBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Study of a Fundamental Technique March 14, 2006
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Science Of JKD Finally Revealed April 13, 2006
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth book on really just one move! March 30, 2006
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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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good intention, but falls short August 17, 2009
I bought this book with great anticipation, but was severely disappointed. Teri Tom studied with Ted Wong (no disrespect to Sifu Wong) for a few years and thinks she's an authority on JKD? Mmmm...

I've studied Jun Fan and JKD for 19 years, with direct students of Bruce Lee from Seattle, Oakland, and L.A. eras. Ms. Tom has A LOT to learn.
This book covers good, basic information about stance and the straight lead, although it is incomplete. It's all stuff I've seen for years in Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu magazines. Nothing new except for the notes on Bruce's research from his books.

Although Tom claims JKD is not modified Wing Chun, sorry... that's what it is. The JKD stance is a Wing Chun right-facing forward stance with a raised heel and forward attack weight. Nothing more. See the book "Advanced Wing Chun" by William Cheung on page 21 for the proof. The JKD stance has all of the triangulation, loaded hip, and internal alignment of the WC stance. Of course if you asked her, she wouldn't have any idea of what you're asking about. You cannot fully understand JKD unless you have the Wing Chun principals! That's why Bruce could make other things work - he used the WC principals to improve and integrate other techniques. This is also why there aren't many great JKD fighters... they don't have any understanding of the WC attributes that made JKD work for Bruce Lee. Pat Strong and James Demile (both Seattle students) told me how Bruce Lee came back to Seattle after moving to Oakland to show them how he modified his stance. He MODIFIED the WC stance, he DID NOT invent a new one based on boxing and fencing as Tom indicates. That's absurd.

Tom also claims Bruce abandoned Wing Chun. He didn't... it abandoned him. Bruce didn't finish his WC training.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
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 3 months ago by Scott Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars more great fighters on the rise
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 4 months ago by Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Deal
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Kathy Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars The littler dragon
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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL BRUCE LEE'S "JUN FAN JEET KUNE DO"
Teri Toms, did an amazing work. It is masterfully detailed in the technical, mechanical, science of the REAL----> "JUN FAN JEET KUNE DO", as taught by Bruce Lee to Ted... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Krango
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo much good stuff.
This book is a gem. it delivered way more than I expected. If you are interested in JKD or Bruce Lee's technique then this book is extremely informative. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best !!
The Clearest ! No Misunderstanding ! A Child Could Read This ! The Best Ever ! Absolutely Brilliant ! In All The Decades ! Never Heard ! The Bottom Three Knuckles ! Read more
Published 16 months ago by t49y
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now.
This is a gem for anyone on the "treasure hunt" to discover Bruce's true JKD. The thoroughness of this book is astounding, and exactly the kind of work we need done to uncover the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Matthew
2.0 out of 5 stars The Jab vs. The Straight Lead of JKD
I break down the book's weaknesses here. Here's an excerpt, and the rest of the article is in the link:

Having just read The Straight Lead by Teri Tom, I was compelled... Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Al Alvir
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!
Finally, a book that has explained Bruce's perfect straight lead. This author is just amazing. She did her research and then some. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Rodrigo Ferreiara
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