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7/16/09 5:20 PM
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Kostakio
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"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being "wholly" and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. The danger of training with the heavy bag is that it doesn't react to one’s attack and sometimes there is a tendency to thoughtlessness. One will punch the bag carelessly, and would be vulnerable in a real situation if this became a habit." - Bruce Lee


But how else would you learn technique/form? Does he mean after you have mastered technique/form?
7/16/09 5:24 PM
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If you are just throwing bullshit at the bag to hit something, you are going to get fucked up because you have wired yourself to fight like that.
7/16/09 5:32 PM
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But to condition yourself to throwing (hard) strikes, you can't exactly get a willing participant to stand there and eat 'em. I'm confused.
7/16/09 5:33 PM
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7/16/09 5:55 PM
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Damn that video of him punching the bag is not impressive at all... was that from when he was much younger?
7/16/09 5:55 PM
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Kos, you've become quite the fight philosopher, of late.  Pretty awesome for a self proclaimed homo=)
7/16/09 5:56 PM
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Acting doesn't make you a fighter.
7/16/09 5:57 PM
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He's saying you have to hit the bag as if it were a real person who is trying to hit you back instead of hitting it just to hit it. Be aware, keep your hands up and use good footwork etc.
7/16/09 6:01 PM
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7/16/09 6:07 PM
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7/16/09 6:09 PM
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thirdleg - Bruce would destroy the current crop of UFC fighters in his weight class.


lololol no, trolling is a bannable offense.
7/16/09 6:12 PM
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thirdleg - Bruce would destroy the current crop of UFC fighters in his weight class.


Bruce weighted 128lbs. Lowest weight class in the UFC is 155lbs.
7/16/09 6:14 PM
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lol What is the story with that angry midget molesting the Bowflex heavy bag?
7/16/09 6:15 PM
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Brian Rule - Damn that video of him punching the bag is not impressive at all... was that from when he was much younger?

 Agreed.  He was hitting that bag pretty thoughtlessy. Seriously if I didn't know that was Bruce Lee I would have thought that was some guy who never trained a day in his life wailing away on the bag.  I can see where people believe Bruce is vastly overrated. He definitely looks it from that video.
7/16/09 6:16 PM
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 Imo,  Bruce is pointing out the importance of intention.

Sometimes hittinga bag over & over can get monotonous and you can lose track of the training purpose.



7/16/09 6:20 PM
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Musashi - He lacked the work ethic of today's top fighters.

 stop trolling!
7/16/09 6:22 PM
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orcus - 

Prime Mike Tyson just shat himself.
7/16/09 6:22 PM
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Prime Mike Tyson just shat himself.
7/16/09 6:27 PM
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7/16/09 6:45 PM
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 Is he actually hitting that bag with any power???
7/16/09 6:58 PM
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Brian Rule - Damn that video of him punching the bag is not impressive at all... was that from when he was much younger?


the footage of Bruce Lee hitting the bag is from his backyard. It was the last period in which he was teaching students in the US. After this period he was in Hong Kong making movies. For many, this period was the "golden age". Keep that in mind
7/16/09 7:21 PM
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 Throwing a hook is similar to the skill of throwing a baseball. When you really learn how to hook, you get a distinct feeling, hip, shoulder and then fist launched like a trebuchet or a catapult, but sharper. In the skill of throwing a baseball, if you don't learn it at a young age, sometimes you can never learn it, so those people (especially countries that don't have baseball as a sport), look 'funny' when they try to do it. You really can't learn it past a certain agee. So it's not a huge suprise that some people never learn how to punch properly.

I've seen lots of guys who never worked with a good boxer, throw a punch like he's hitting the bag with and -think- they were 'hooking it'.

So, my sense is he thinks he's throwing a superb series of hooks to the bag, along with some straights, but to someone who knows the 3-4 basic punches, it looks like flailing. It appears he's violating the very warning that's quoted.

In his defense, he's not 'teaching' the bag, and he probably never expected the footage to go to anyone but himself and James Coburn.

As far as the quote, the idea is to be 'crisp', work rounds, have a 'purpose' in your bag work, groove in your punches, work with footwork and intent. IOW, he was actually advocating a type of 'aliveness' even back then.



7/16/09 7:28 PM
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lol Bruce LEe was a fuckin Noob

Luckily we have an entire million of enterweb badasses to correct his technique for us.
7/16/09 7:35 PM
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Bruce was on some good marijuana
7/16/09 8:52 PM
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Kostakio - 
"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being "wholly" and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. The danger of training with the heavy bag is that it doesn't react to one’s attack and sometimes there is a tendency to thoughtlessness. One will punch the bag carelessly, and would be vulnerable in a real situation if this became a habit." - Bruce Lee


But how else would you learn technique/form? Does he mean after you have mastered technique/form?

hes not saying never hit the bag, he's saying while doing it dont develop bad habits...great advice actually

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