We have several footwork patterns that we drill with our students here at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland, but we base them all off of Kuya Doug’s clock system. Most of these footwork patterns are applicable to whatever concept or technique we are working on in a class on a given day. Rather than outline any of them, here’s a freestyle pattern that can be used for your development.
Find a training partner, and as you start out in the middle of your clock, have them call out a random number. Step to that number and remain there. If they call out a time between 1 and 5, step with your right. If they call a time between 7 and 11, step with your left. Rather than returning to the center of the clock, leave your foot at that time. Now have your partner call out another number at random. Find out the most natural way for you to move to that number, either with the same foot, or the other foot, shifting your body to keep your weight centered and low.
As you progress, pick a basic striking pattern, and work that in time with your footwork as well. You’ll find your ability to move around your opponents and coordinate your upper and lower body motions will be much smoother. And remember…
“Footwork, footwork, footwork, BLA BLA BLA!”
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