This Karate Sensei Tried To Learn Every Bruce Lee Move In A Week
YouTube’s Sensei Seth continually expands his love and knowledge of karate and other martial arts in videos that see him adopt different fighting styles, from Muay Thai to the fictional “Eagle Fang” karate featured in Netflix’s Cobra Kai. In a new video, Seth challenges himself to learn how to fight like Hollywood martial arts legend Bruce Lee, in just seven days.
“So the perception we have of him now is one way or the other,” he says. “Either everything he said was pure gold or people really didn’t like the idea of him being the greatest martial artist of all time.”
Seth turns to Lee’s book, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which summarizes his approach to martial arts, and begins by attempting to master the defensive positions which are illustrated in detail in the text. “Bruce Lee was known to be a quick and explosive person,” he says. “It inevitably came from having a loaded rear leg that could spring into action at any time.”
But he quickly realizes that he won’t be able to learn everything he wants just by reading a book. “It turns out that The Tao of Jeet Kune Do barely scratches the surface in terms of movement and technique,” he says. So he enlists the help of martial artist Ed Stahl to help him master the basic principles of Lee’s movement.
From there, Seth works on his kicking technique, practicing different types of kicks and punches that focus on sensitive areas. “I’ve never been a big fan of finger pricks… For example, the head is made of very hard material and the eyes are a very small target,” he says. “It’s such a small target, I’d much rather rely on big things to hit bigger things.”
In addition to poking your opponent in the eye, The Tao of Jeet Kune Do also has a section on kicking while they’re down (literally), but Seth skips that lesson. Then, at the end of his seven days of training, he tests everything he has learned in a training session.
“Those first laps, I struggled,” says Seth. “I could kind of take the stance, and I could get some of the single attacks, but my right leg was ripe for the kick…I found a bit of success with the side kick back.”
“I feel like I was able to use a lot of what was in that book,” he concludes. “That being said, I don’t think they were my best fights. In fact, I don’t think they were my best fights by far. However, at the end of fighting class, I wasn’t super worried about what i was doing right, what i was able to do working, i was just sparring is useful that way, in general, you don’t have to win or lose at sparring to improve yourself.
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