Jon and Nick compete in the Adult Men Light Sanshou (point) division of this year's Tien Shan Pai Legacy tournament. Jon took third place and Nick was disqualified for excessive force, but we still love him.
Kickboxing in Odenton, Maryland.
Jon and Nick prep for a light sanshou tournament by working on feeder drills and light sparring to develop footwork and counter- attacks.
Here's a glimpse into the Filipino Martial Arts that we practice here at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland.
We started off working the concept of Defanging the Snake with double stick and single knife, as wells as the Inside Sweep Drill for Single Stick. The class focused on stick weaving, or Sinawali, with double stick
We’ve talking about self-defense a lot lately, but if you’re looking for an incredible workout to improve your cardiovascular health, your overall power, fitness, flexibility, speed, agility, and burn a massive amount of calories, you don’t need to look any further than Jun Fan Kickboxing at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland. Jun Fan Kickboxing is a key component of every martial arts class taught at MDJKD. The methods of Jun Fan Kickboxing were devised by Bruce Lee himself to give his students a safe way to develop their martial arts and self-defense skills and it a heck of a workout!
Since I began my martial arts training through Jeet Kune Do, it has been Jun Fan Kickboxing that has helped me develop myself in ways I never expected and turned me into the martial arts athlete I have always dreamed of being. Jun Fan Kickboxing draws from the methodology of Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, and the French Kickboxing art of Savate to help practitioners develop themselves. We’ve had students at MDJKD drop pounds and gain in strength, speed, and stamina, and had more than a few go on to compete and win medals!
Every Jun Fan Kickboxing workout consists of three rounds of skill development drills with a partner. Each partner drill consists of explosive kicking and punching drills that work offensive and defense concepts over and over. Those short bursts of motion not only help you develop your self-defense skills, but they also help you develop your heart and lung health in a cardiovascular workout that blows most others out of the water.
Studies have shown that even after only few weeks of weekly training in Kickboxing can have incredible benefits on your overall health, so you don’t have to wait long to see results. In one European study, the subjects were tested after five weeks of Kickboxing training three times a week. They showed a huge improvement in their strength, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and speed.
Combine that with proper eating habits, and Jun Fan Kickboxing becomes a fun and awesome way to lose weight. One study by the American Council on Exercise showed that a single Kickboxing session can burn more than 8 calories a minute. That means a single Jun Fan Kickboxing session at Maryland Jeet Kune Do could burn more than 250 calories!
So, what benefit could you get from practicing Jun Fan Kickboxing with Maryland Jeet Kune Do?
Chuck, Gary, John, and Rachel working on Jun Fan kicking drills derived from Savate for Kuoshu competition at Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, MD.
I was preparing for last week's classes when I came across the quote above. In the JKDAA, we consider the two simultaneous aspects of our training to be self-protection and self-perfection. Sometimes training tends toward the former, other times the latter, but we also try to keep both in mind. We can see how this mindset echoes the mindset Sijo Bruce Lee wanted to lay out for those following the path of Jeet Kune Do through his words above.
Last week in class, we were focusing on the JKDAA's military combatives curriculum, called Rapid Assault Tactics. The first purpose of our tools would seem to be the one we should have in mind then. Self-protection in a combative situation, be it the battlefield or civilian self-defense, can involve the annihilation of the opponent in front of us. The first purpose of our tools; kicks, punches, chokes, would be use in literal, physical combat. That is then contrasted with the second purpose of internal development that Sijo speaks of. This contrast is not wrong, the first use of our tools does certainly involve actual application in hand to hand combat...but to end the discussion there is to ignore the further clarification that Sijo explains, "the annihilation of things that stand in the way of peace, justice and humanity."
Certainly, for the soldier, annihilation of the things that stand in the way of peace, justice and humanity may involve engaging in actual combat to remove a dictator from power. For the rest of us, there may come some point in time in which we need to actually fight for these lofty goals, but to say that our training to annihilate the things that stand in the way of peace, justice and humanity is limited only to actual physical combat is reductionist and limiting. It would seem to create a false dichotomy between the two purposes that Sijo lays out.
While the language of these goals may seem conceited, it is actually very much fitting with both the Zen Buddhist aims of Jeet Kune Do as well as the Southern Chinese martial arts views of martial virtue and the Confucian emphasis on the individual's roll in society. The two aims of your natural weapons that Sijo lays out are not necessarily just a contrast of physical versus mental, but of external forces and internal forces. Seen in that light, these two aims aren't two separate things, but parts of a united whole.
So how does training in Jeet Kune Do help me to annihilate the things that stand in the way of peace, justice and humanity? By by destroying impulses toward base self-preservation, I learn to seek the preservation of my neighbor as well, instead of placing myself in conflict with him. By destroying the things bothering my mind, I become at peace with myself, rather than becoming a force of aggression in my community. By overcoming my own greed, angry, and folly I put myself in a place from which I no longer stand in the way of peace, justice, and humanity. From this place, I can act in my own community to sue for peace, to work for justice, and stand for the virtues of human decency.
The opponent in front of us may be a literal person. For those of us not involved in military or law enforcement, it is hopefully something that never happens. So do you spend your life training for a few moments of actual fighting, or does following the path of Jeet Kune Do have an impact on every moment of your life every day?
When I was studying Korean Zen, we had a different term for this sort of intellectual honesty, Choshim. Choshim can be translated as the original intent, or more frequently, beginners’ mind. No matter how much we learn there is always more. No matter how good we are, there is always someone better at what they do. Why claim to be more than what we are, when we can keep learning, growing, and sharing?
A mentor is defined as person who offers wisdom and knowledge with those who have less experience in a given field. Throughout the course of my martial arts journey, I’ve had the opportunity to train under some great teachers. Fitness and self-defense are definitely primary concerns for me, but after all these years, I practice martial arts because it my path in life, for all the benefits it brings, not just health and the ability to defend myself. With this in mind, I have sought out and had the benefit of gaining from the wisdom of the two men I consider my mentors, the guides for the Jeet Kune Do and Kali classes we offer here in Odenton, Maryland.
Sifu Harinder Singh
Kuya Doug Marcaida
Who are your mentors? Who do you look to for encouragement and guidance in your martial studies? Do they point to the lifelong path that martial art offers? If that path is something you’re looking for, consider walking it with us here at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy and benefit from the experience, knowledge, and wisdom that our mentors have to offer.
Five members of the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton travelled to Washington, DC to compete in one of the top Chinese boxing tournaments in the United States. All five competed in the limited sanshou divisions. These students have been training very hard over the past three months for this competition and performed admirably. For all of the fighters, it was their first competition.
Limited sanshou is a controlled contact, continuous sparring event in which practitioners attempt to apply their traditional Chinese boxing techniques in an alive environment. It is often used to prepare inexperienced fighters for later, full contact leitai fighting, or for children under the age of 18. Participants are allowed to kick to the legs, body, and head, as well as punch to the head and body. Strikes to the front of the face are forbidden. Some events allow for takedowns and throws.
James represented MDJKDA in the adult mens' beginners division. James has been studying Jeet Kune Do for over a year, and this was his first competition. He performed admirably, and though he lost, he continued to fight on in the face of an opponent who blitzed him with multiple combinations to the head. A person's first fight is always tough, and James showed that he has it in him to succeed.
Jordan and Luukas were both slatted to fight in the boys' beginners, ages 6-7 bracket. Luukas was forced to withdraw at the last minute, but is looking to compete at the US Kuoshu Championship next month. Jordan fought a great series of matches to eventually take second place in his division. He fought so well at the beginner's level, that when an Intermediate level exhibition match opened up, he was allowed to compete, also taking second place in that match as well.
Annika competed in the girls ages 9-11 beginners division. At age 9, she was much smaller than many of her opponents, as you can see. However, she showed know fear and continued advancing forward, blasting her opponents in the chest, even if it meant wading through some strong kicks to get into range. She showed incredible fortitude through three fights, eventually taking third place.
The standout of the team was Jake, who competed in the boys 9-11 beginners division and took first place, out of four fights. His first two opponents quit at the end of their first rounds with Jake, overwhelmed as he blitzed them with lead leg round kicks. straight blast punches, and back fist punches to the head. His second two fights were equally as impressive, as Jake's excellent footwork, distancing, and unrelenting offense won him the gold medal.
The team performed amazingly and Sifu JB Jaeger could not be more proud and pleased with their performance. None of them are resting on their laurels though. The US Kuoshu Championship is next month, and they will continue training hard!
Do you see that barrel-chested guy with that massive metal mace? That's the Great Gama, Champion Wrestler of the Punjab. If you wanted to learn wrestling from Gama, you had to pass his challenge, perform 500 dand, aka "Hindu push-ups", and 1000 bethak, or squats.
That was just to start training with him!
Gama's exercise program was a huge influence on Bruce Lee's physical training. We find notes on it in the "Tao of Jeet Kune Do". These two exercises are almost a complete workout! So, this December at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, we are taking the Gama Challenge Together! If you're able, go ahead and do 500 dand and 1000 bethak! If' you can't, try doing half at 250 and 500!
You do these exercises in five sets, two bethak for every one dand. The standard warm-up we do in every class is five sets of ten dand and twenty bethak. That's fifty dand and twenty bethak right there! It only takes about five to ten minutes depending on your level of fitness. If you're an absolute beginner, here's an outline of how you can build up to doing 250 by the end of the month. It's easier than you think. Just do five sets of the numbers below on each day and you'll reach your goal by the end of the month! Can you already do five sets of ten and twenty? Or five sets of twenty and forty? Then start there and see how far you can progress by the end of the month!
Want to do the full Gama Challenge by the end of December? It's easy! Do two supersets of five sets of these exercises each day! Just double up. You can do one set in the morning, and one in the evening!
Weigh yourself and take a picture on your first day, and then don't step on a scale until the last day!
You'll be happy to start the New Year with a New You!
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