We have recently invited Sifu Mark Stewart of International Jeet Kune Do to Singapore to conduct a two-day seminar, and the event was a resounding success. Participants from Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore joined us as Sifu Mark demonstrated the Close Range Tactics found in JKD, and showcased a core training method in Progressive Sparring.
What were the key subjects and takeaways of this seminar?
Day #1 – Beyond Entry
JKD has always been known for its long range tools and fencing-influenced fighting, but what happens beyond that range? To phrase this question in a more practical manner: How would you react against an incoming attacker who has successfully sneaked beyond your longer ranges? You may think that this is not possible, but this is usually what happens when somebody attacks you in a lift, toilet, or enclosed area where you have little space to maneuver around.
To solve this problem, Sifu Mark demonstrated how we could put our closed-ranged tools together while adhering to JKD’s principle of ending the fight with the least amount of struggle. This included the combined used of head-butts, elbows, knees, shoulder striking and levers. Instead of being shocked by an opponent who tries to sneak into our inner range, we now know how to utilize ‘dirty’ fighting tactics to take the opponent down as quickly as possible.
Day #2 – The Intelligent Approach to Sparring
When it comes to sparring, the goal is to interact our partner in a combative but controlled and intelligent manner. Knowing this, how should we tailor our sparring methods to achieve the specific results we want? Remember, our training time is limited and we want to spend them wisely instead of sparring for random results. In order to possess a well-rounded knowledge of JKD and combat, the martial artist needs to how to utilize specific drills and scenarios in his training so as to achieve his goals.
How exactly do we go about sparring progressively and intelligently? On the second day of the seminar we experienced and learnt a huge variety of sparring drills and scenarios that equipped us with a well rounded knowledge of JKD which could can be used for street defense as well its modified application in the ring. This was an invaluable experience; instead of going for speed and power, Sifu Mark showed us a very different dimension of sparring through the isolation of the different lead tools at a time, as well as the interaction between the different JKD stances.
All of us had great fun, and enjoyed ourselves. More importantly, we were both very proud and thankful to have trained with Sifu Mark, a second generation and key JKD practitioner. We would like to thank all those who have contributed and participated in this seminar, and hope to see you again in 2013!