Bruce Lee's Fighting Method
BASIC TRAINING


CHAPTER 5 : Speed Training


Speed


Speed in fighting depends not
just on your hands and feet in swiftness,

But other attributes such as
nontelegraphic moves and awareness.

Speed in fighting is to hit
your foe without yourself being hit.

This can only be done by hours
of practice and being completely fit.

Speed in fighting is no good
without the power that goes with it.



SPEED TRAINING

What is speed in fighting? Is it the velocity of your hands, feet and body movement? OR are there other, prevalent essentials in a good fighter? What is a good fighter?

To answer these questions: A good fighter is one who can hit his opponent quicker, harder, without much perceptible effort, and yet avoid being hit. He doesn't only possess a pair of fast hands and feet or quick body movement but has other qualities such as nontelegraphic moves, good coordination, perfect balance and keen awareness. Although some people are endowed with a few of these qualities, most of these attributes are developed through hard training.

All the strength or power you have developed from your training is wasted if you are slow and can't make contact. Power and speed go hand-in-hand. A fighter needs both to be successful.

One immediate way to increase your speed at impact is to "snap" or "whip" your hand or foot just before contact. It is the same principle as the overhand throw. For example, if you throw a baseball with a full swing and snap your wrist at the last movement or the tail end of your swing, the ball will have more velocity than without the snap. Naturally, the longer swing with a snap will have more acceleration at the end than a shorter swing with a snap. A 12-foot whip, flung exactly, will generate more sting than a two-foot whip.



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