Second-Generation Bruce Lee Student and Chinatown Jeet Kune Do Author Tim Tackett Demonstrates the Jeet Kune Do Backfist
April 10 | 2013
In this exclusive excerpt from his content-rich DVD Chinatown Jeet Kune Do: Essential Elements of Bruce Lee's Martial Art, Tim Tackett explains and demonstrates the deceptively simple JKD backfist! This simple-looking move packs a big surprise for opponents!
In the book Chinatown Jeet Kune Do: Essential Elements of Bruce Lee's Martial Art, authors Tim Tackett and Bob Bremer (who studied directly under Bruce Lee) delineate the technical details of an array of jeet kune do techniques — including the JKD backfist, which Tackett demonstrates in this excerpt from his companion DVD for the book:
DVD PREVIEW | Backfist Technique From Tim Tackett's Chinatown Jeet Kune Do: Essential Elements of Bruce Lee's Martial Art"While not very powerful, the backfist is fast and deceptive because it can be thrown from the on-guard position with very little, if any, preparation," Tim Tackett and Bob Bremer write in the book Chinatown Jeet Kune Do: Essential Elements of Bruce Lee's Martial Art. "The backfist that [Bruce] Lee taught [Bob] Bremer differs from the ones thrown in action movies. Instead of making impact with the back of the hand, [Bruce] Lee believed it was better to use the knuckles because it lessens the chance of self-injury. "This makes it more difficult to aim the hand, however, which is why a JKD practitioner needs to be selective of his target. Usually, students learn to aim for the opponent's eyes, which are vulnerable and don't require power to harm. To reach the target, throw your backfist like a stationary lead punch: Penetrate two inches beyond the point of impact, use your whole body, transfer energy from the legs, etc.
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