# home » centerline theory Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Centerline Theory by Bruce Lee Imagine that your body

is divided by a line that runs from between your legs thr ough the top of your head. In gung fu this line is called joan sien, or the cent erline theory. It is the base from which all defense and attack are deployed. Yo u must always have your centerline guarded with one of your hands at a all times , and whenever you change the position of your hands, regardless of your positio n, you must always endeavor to protect the centerline. The centerline theory all ows you to generate more power in your techniques as it serves to coordinate bot h arm and body, enabling a gung fu man to employ his entire body weight with eac h strike. Using arm force alone is indeed a characteristic of the untrained pers on (in fact, a lot of instructors are practitioners of that), and since striking is mainly used in gung fu I'll discuss the relationship of arm power and body p ower (waist or hip movement) in landing a punch. From the centerline I was able to construct a nucleus and, later on, able to jump away from the nucleus and est ablish such things as out-of-line and broken rhythm counterattack. Thus, my theory states: Learn the center Keep the center. Dissolve the center Or, it can be stated more generally: Learn the rules. Keep the rules Dissolve the rules. Emphasis must be made to the students of gung fu to strike with their body behin d their technique because, in terms of force and power, the arms have but one qu arter of the force of the body when set in motion. Secondly, the movements of th e waist are long and free, while those of the arms are short. You can say that o ne turning of a large axis is equivalent to many turnings of a small axis. Also, the arms can only exert their maximum strength toward the end of the movement therefore, the arms are the vehicle of force that is released by body through t his centerline idea. Boxing also makes use of this centerline theory but express es it in too big a motion. It is all right at first, but later on it should be g uided by the principle of simplicity - to express the utmost in the minimum of m ovements and energy.

This article is from Sean Madigans JKD site, and are Excerpted from Commentaries on the martial way by Bruce Lee home training with the dragon tao of JKD centerline theory 5 ways of attack first with the most circle with no circumference liberate yourself physical training speed training weight training ab routine fast hands

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