Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do comprises many principles, one of which is economy of motion through efficiency, directness and simplicity.
Second-generation Bruce Lee student Lamar M. Davis II, who studied under five of Bruce Lee’s original students (Joseph Cowles, Patrick Strong, Leo Fong, Jerry Poteet and Steve Golden), brings this concept to life in this jeet kune do technique video excerpted from his three-DVD series Jeet Kune Do for the Advanced Practitioner.
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Lamar M. Davis II Shows You How to Use Jeet Kune Do Trapping as an Attack!
As Lamar Davis explains in this video excerpt from his DVD series Jeet Kune Do for the Advanced Practitioner, this approach to martial arts fighting is about attacking the hand(s) for the primary purpose of immobilization. “When we use trapping, it is as a result of the opponent’s defensive action, but it doesn’t always have to be that way,” Lamar Davis says. “I can preplan an attack based on my opponent’s position and based on the way I initiate my movement to draw him into position where I can attack with a trap.”
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“Some jeet kune do practitioners prefer not to do this,” Lamar Davis continues. “Others don’t even know that this exists, as they always think of trapping as strictly a byproduct of hitting. But yes, trapping can be specifically a way of attacking the opponent.”
Lamar Davis demonstrates the trapping-as-an-attack technique with his training partner and longtime student Ken Jones, explaining, “One of the things that I might be tempted to do is what we call a double jom sao entry. … I cut into both of his arms with a double jom sao movement, forcing his arms in and then I trap and hit him [in the face].”
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The jeet kune do technique of trapping for attack is an organic, efficient, fast and effective movement that immobilizes the attacker’s arms and hands, opening a direct line for Lamar Davis to launch a strike to the chin. Lamar Davis breaks down the execution: “[A] quick jut sao, pulling [the opponent’s] arm down; lan sao to shut both arms down, and then hit.”
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