Martial Arts Mastery 709

A Big “Oh No!” on Youtube


Martial Arts Mastery

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As promised, this week, I’m going to share a problem with a piece of advice that is running rampant on Youtube.

I will also assume that the teacher learned it from someone; so, there are probably millions of other practitioners getting it wrong. Right?

Read on, to see if you’re limiting yourself with your indirect attacks.

Oh, and did you get a chance to check out the new  ??

What do you think?


PS Let’s leave next week open. I have a feeling that I’ll be asked to do a follow-up article to this week’s issue of MAM.

Besides, my brain is a little soaked in water damage, right now  :-)


 Sometimes You Need the “Whole Enchilada”

by Keith Pascal


Okay, guilty as charged; recently, I watched some of my old videos, for grins and giggles.

A little ego/mood boost was needed, and some of my fun attempts at short-video

production seemed like a possible antidote to the feeling of the house-gutting work ahead.

Before I knew it, my little video on The Five Ways of Attack started playing.

The drawings were rough but the info. seemed solid.

After the video finished, I saw another video listed on Bruce Lee’s Five Ways

of Attack. This one had a few errors … by omission.

One error in particular was getting to me. Anyone who followed this guy’s

advice would be severely limiting himself or herself. Specifically, I’m referring to the fourth way of attack, Progressive Indirect Attacks.

This is a feint or a fake, to get your opponent to respond, so your “real” hit does what its supposed to.

The problem was in his wording of the principle:

“The same tool is going to go to its target but it’s going to go there indirectly.” (Bay Area Martial Arts Review, The Five Basic Ways of Attack)


Did you catch it?

 “The same tool.”

And that’s where a zillion martial artists must be limiting themselves.

I mean, I understand what he’s saying.

After all, one of my favorite feints is to start to punch low with my forward (lead) hand, and then, as I draw a response, that hand redirects and punches higher, to the

face or throat.

It’s a great little sequence, especially if you have the timing down pat.

But … but … but …

That’s by no means the entire definition of a PIA.

This teacher must be thinking of it more like a “progressive indirect TOOL.”

If the attack contains an indirect element that causes your opponent to react or respond to it while the real attack comes in on another line … then it’s PIA, no matter which tools are used.

Note: And by the way, who ever said that a PIA has to go to a “different” line?

In my mind, you could fake and come in on the exact same line, too. I’d still define it as a PIA.


This guy is thinking of faking with a right jab and then having the right fist come in on a different line.

Well, he could also fake with a low, shin kick and punch with his right fist.

He could fake with his left fist and come in with his right fist.

He could even fake a head-butt and shin kick the enemy (student).

Do you see how one simple definition could limit his entire school, or anyone learning from Youtube videos?

Who knows?

There really could be an entire faction of JKDers operating under this limiting belief.

Now, “you” know better. 😉

Talk to you next week,



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