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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9780897500524
ISBN: 0897500520
Label: Black Belt Communications
Manufacturer: Black Belt Communications
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 1977-07-01
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
Studio: Black Belt Communications

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Lee teaches how to develop skills in body movement, hand techniques, kicking, parrying, striking vital target points, and sparring. Fully illustrated. BEST SELLER!

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Summary: A good martial arts book that everyone should own!
Comment: Being the author of several books on the martial arts and fighting, I am always looking for books of exceptional quality to add to my library. If I have a book in my library, it's definitely worth owning. One such book is Bruce Lee's and M. Uyehara's, "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method; Volume 3: Skill in Techniques." This book is a direct continuation of the previous volume and will continue where that one left off.

As is stated in the introduction to this and the other three volumes in the series, Bruce Lee never intended for these books to be published. However, since his untimely passing, his wife Linda decided that she would allow them to be published. Something we should all be thankful for.

What I will attempt to do in this review is to give you a well-rounded grasp of what Bruce has written and demonstrated for you in this series of books. Although nothing can replace the value of a qualified and competent instructor, a well written book can still provide you with a wealth of knowledge if you know how to realize it and obtain it.

6. Skill in Movement:

a. Basic principles involved in obtaining and keeping your preferred distance away from your opponent.
b. The 3 fighting distances and what the preferred techniques are for each one.
c. Footwork and how to use it to maintain your preferred distance from your attacker.
d. Don't telegraph your intentions or your movements to your opponent.
e. How to Side-step your attacker.
f. How to effectively duck in order to avoid a blow.

7. Skill in Hand Techniques:

a. How to use your entire body correctly when punching.
b. How to utilize strategy when punching.
c. How to effectively utilize countering techniques.
d. Avoiding bad habits such as; opening your mouth, dropping your hands, etc.

8. Skill in Kicking:

a. The basic principles behind kicking are discussed.
b. How to utilize the Lead leg Side Kick.
c. How to utilize the Slide Forward Side Kick.
d. How to utilize the Roundhouse (Hook) Kick.
e. How to utilize the Turning Back (Spin) Kick.
f. How to utilize the Turning Wheel or Hook (Sweep) Kick.

9. Parrying:

a. Parrying a blow is preferable to blocking a blow.
b. Basic principles involved with parrying.
c. Several various types of parries are demonstrated.
d. Utilizing parrying and counters against punches.
e. Utilizing parrying and counters against kicking.

10. Targets:

a. Discusses the two primary targets you should try and strike during a fight.
b. Fighting is not a sport.
c. A martial art that is primarily sport oriented is weaker than a traditional martial art.
d. A description of various other targets that you can strike as well as the two primary ones.
e. It is better to strike the correct vulnerable spot once, than the incorrect one many times.

11. Sparring:

a. Contact sparring is preferable to non-contact sparring.
b. Various techniques to use when sparring with protective gear.
c. How to use feints, fakes, counters, slipping, and bobbing & weaving.

Like any well written book, as much as you can learn from this book by reading it, you can learn just as much if not more by reading between the lines. I particularly enjoyed the simplicity of what Bruce was trying to relay throughout this and pretty much all of his books. What may work well for one person, may not work at all for another. Therefore, you as an individual needs to research the techniques that are out there and find those that work best for you and use them. Remember, there are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists.

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Summary: Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 3: Skill in Techniques (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method)
Comment: Thought the book was well thought out with it's diagramming of the various technical skills. Also the explanation of the skills were very simple but precise.

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Summary: This volume gives structure to the content of this series of volumes.
Comment: The Chapters are numbered from VI to XI.

After reading Chapter VI, the reader should begin to understand how the intensity and mode of a fight can change when fighters vary their distance thru the 3 ranges of long range, medium range, close range. The reader should begin to understand how fighters can test each other's behavior responses, habits and perhaps level of skill by attempting to provoke and manipulate each other thru the use of footwork to vary distance and use of feints and drawing techniques.

Chapter VII covers the attributes, advantages and form of strikes and defensive guard used in Jeet Kune Do. 8 bad habits are listed to bring to the attention of the reader habits to avoid or correct one's self from doing or to take advantage of when done by the opponent.

Chapter VIII is about kicks.

Chapter IX defines and describes the use of parrying in Jeet Kune Do. The message to fighters is to fine tune their defense to save energy and effort in defensive action by not making wasteful, exaggerated moves. Elements of timing, distance, evasive footwork and awareness of the opponent's intent is covered here.
The cleverness of Bruce Lee's use of the lead hand to strike while the rear hand parrys or grabs becomes understandable as the photos show that the opponent's hand is allowed to extend more fully when parried by the rear guard hand thus opening the opponent's defense for a counter strike with the lead guard hand.
In this chapter, Lee's parries are constantly compared favorably and persuasively to traditional, classical methods of blocking.

Chapter X "Targets" is about the weak, vulnerable areas of the body. There are no secret vital pressure points and no mumble jumbo about imaginary vessels and meridians in this book. All weak spots covered in this chapter are known to every one: the ribs, solar plexus, groin, shins, etc, etc.
In this chapter, Bruce Lee reminds the reader that well chosen targets can bring a fight to a quick, efficient end. Part of the purpose of this chapter is to have the reader keep these weak areas and the moves that expose them in mind when planning defense and attack techniques to use, that is, to have the fighter thinking about defending and attacking weakness as an essential component of a fighter's skills.

Chapter XI is about sparring and mentions the degenerative, decaying effect competitive sports, safety rules, regulations, and safety equipment have on martial arts and combative systems.
Covered subjects include combinations, drawing the opponents reactions, feints, timing and self confidence. The parts of this chapter that explain about evasive means of defense instead of parries and blocks and more about bad habits is especially valuable and very much worth reading.

Hector Echavarria's 3 Volume DVD video series on KickBoxing is very similar and compatible to this series of books on Bruce Lee's Fighting Method.

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Summary: Required reading
Since the late 1970's, I have studied Mr. Lee's "Way of the Intercepting fist." I have the 1st editions of all the "best" books on Bruce's work.
This book will walk you through the physical aspect of his methods. I recommend you get all the volumes from this series. You will need to start from the beginning; and you do that by emptying your cup so Bruce may fill it.

My favorite quote: "Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do." -Bruce Lee

Please do not hesitate to check out my Poetry book that I published while in the U.S. Navy in 2003; "Under the Rose: Poetry of Tragedy, Essence, and Romance"

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Summary: How to clean up sloppy punching.
Comment: This is one of the better books out there devoted to actually being able to use your body's weapons with skill. The book starts off on body movements, stuff like footwork and distancing. It then goes into attacking with the hands, and then attacking with the feet. Parrying is also covered, and then targets and stances. This book is devoted to eliminating bad habbits, and has a lot of comparisons of JKD vs. classical martial arts. As I mentioned in my other reviews of "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method", this book works much better when taken with the series, as well as a couple of other early JKD books. However, it is useful to the average martial artist when it comes to making fighting movements more efficient, and more crisp.

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