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Jeet Kune Do: A Core Structure Training Manual [Paperback]

Dave Carnell
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27 Jun 2008
Jeet Kune Do [JKD], which transalates as 'the way of the intercepting fist', was developed over a number of years by Bruce Lee as an anti-thesis to what he saw as the formulaic straightjacket of the classical martial arts which, he argued, failed to allow individuals to fully and honestly express themselves. However, as Cass Magda points out in his Foreword, JKD is definitely not a 'do-it-yourself' martial art and it does have a unique structure. Indeed, it is essential for the JKD fighter to master this structure if he, or she, is to present a highly organized defence and mount an instantaneous and effective counter-attack.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (27 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970039
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Carnell is the owner and Director of Impact Martial Arts Academy in Stoke-on-Trent in England, which has several branches throughout the country. Dave is a much sought after instructor who teaches in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, and in the US. He has made regular contributions to Martial Arts Illustrated magazine and is the author of What's in a Name? - The Definitive Guide to Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do [1999]. Dave is a Senior Full Instructor for Cass Magda's M 1 Association and is the Supervising Instructor for the UK. Resident - Staffordshire

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JKD book of the last 10 years, easily !!! 13 Jan 2009
Stunning addition to my martial arts book library and certainly the best book in this genre for many years.
As someone who has trained in several different arts, including Jeet Kune Do many years ago, i came to this book more for nostagia than anything but was so pleased with the content which is amazingly informative, well explained and really inspiring.
I would strongly advise anyone interested in any martial art to buy this book, it is well worth it and a magnificent read for beginners and experts alike. It reminded my why i got into martial arts in the first place and because of the structure and intent of JKD, it will certainly benefit ANY martial arts practitioner worth his or her salt. Its really made my feet itch to get back into training.
Bruce would very much approve of this book, and i wouldnt say that about many other JKD publications, believe me.
Right Mr Carnell, whens the sequal out ???
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5.0 out of 5 stars A JKD Textbook 22 Oct 2010
Full of all the core techniques and principals of JKD this is a great book to have in your collection, well written and full of photos. Sifu Dave is the top JKD instructor in the UK and a great teacher. Also check out his other book in this series, a must have for any serious JKD student
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Mr. Dave Carnell! 14 July 2008
I just got Dave Carnell's new book, "Jeet Kune Do, A Core Structure Training Manual", in the mail and I must say that it is an awesome book! In fact, easily among the best that I have ever seen! It is a very high quality publication. The text is precise and everything is very well explained. There are excellent high quality color photos throughout the book. The book covers the most important elements of Bruce Lee's original art. It is definitely a MUST addition to anyone's martial arts library, especially if they are interested in Original Jeet Kune Do. My suggestion to you: BUY IT NOW!
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4.0 out of 5 stars At last a well produced Martial Arts Book! 29 Sep 2010
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First of all I have never trained in Jeet Kune Do. My background is entirely Wadoryu. My first comment is the book is well produced. The print and photography is very good. This is unusual for a MA book.

My main comment is the similarity with Wadoryu. The 'Wedge' looking like 'Hanmei Gamae' of Wadoryu. The 'Lead straight' and the chapter on interception is very similar to 'Nagasizuki' in Wadoryu etc,etc. The book is well worth a read. The 'attitude' of the author is entirely different to Wadoryu. There is a open questioning of each technique with explainations of how to investigate and improve it. It is very 'modern' as opposed to a 'classical' way of teaching. There is even a chapter on Grappling. Plus the author does not eulogise Bruce Lee but provides a short biography.

My one criticism is that there was no mention of self defence using the methods and work of Geoff Thompson. Surely this is one area that Bruce would have approved of and found room for in JKD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A real disapointment!! could have been better. 16 Jan 2010
The book highlights just "some" elements of Jeet Kune Do but no where near does the author really delve deep into presenting "variety" and more "intermediate to advance" elements and techincal or training drills or techniques which would have made the book really interesting, informative, practical, useful, but rather it's nothing special at all; just a basic book. To a certain degree it seems like some photos lacked lighting which could have looked better if they were more clear. There's not much new to learn or absorb here; no where near enough sequences to even wet the apetite of Jeet Kune Do and martial arts enthusiasts who are looking for an informative and practical manual of the sort. Sorry but it's a real dissapointment! Could have been better.
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