The transcript below is from the video “No One Talks About Bruce Lee’s Forbidden Stance” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Few actually knew Bruce was right handed but stood as a south paw. As unusual as this sounds, join me as I explain the philosophy, and exemplify two solid athletes who use this stance.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Hello. In a traditional épée fencing stance, the dominant right hand along with the right hand are positioned closest to the opponent, allowing fencers distance when utilizing his techniques. Parry, lunge beat, etc. Now, such a stance will not be used in boxing due to the bigger gloves which were designed to mitigate force, having a bigger wind by positioning your dominant hand behind made sense to compensate for the cushioning effect from the boxing gloves. But the same premise does not apply to the bare hand or smaller MMA gloves. The force is barely mitigated, if at all. This is where Bruce Lee saw inspiration. His stance was a combination of épée fencing and boxing, having his dominant right hand lead the stance. Watch.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

His lead right hand pushed the bag significantly more than his left despite the left having more if they wind up. Bruce believed by having the right hand lead, he was able to parry punches with more ease; but more so than that, lunge and jab with way more precision and power. This led to the jab hand being a knockout blow whilst the left rear was given the opportunity to wind up for knockout potential as well. This might all make a lot of sense but it’s not the main reason why Bruce stood in a southpaw position being a right-hand dominant. He was renowned for his kicks at a young age and to maximize his effectiveness with them, he sought to use this philosophy to have his dominant right leg lead.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

With this dominant leg closer to his opponent, the precision and speed made them devastating even at a glance. Practical application of this stance can be seen and used by Cung Lee, an undefeated sansho champion and a legend in the MMA arena. His spinning back kicks and roundhouses were unparalleled. The speed at which his right leg would devastate his opponent was felt throughout the arena. You could see the agony on their face and you could see the damage he would do, breaking them apart with fast and precise arsenals of kicks. Arsenals because it deserves a plural. This was finally due to the high level of taekwondo and kickboxing and definitely partly due to Bruce Lee’s fencing stance, allowing his more intelligent leg to be utilized like a devastating jab into a setup for that huge wound up back kick.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Now, let’s take a look at a phenomenal rising athlete, Yair Rodriguez. Armed with a background in boxing and taekwondo, Yair clearly utilizes this philosophy as well. He is definitely right-hand dominant, standing as a southpaw. You can tell how he prioritizes his lead hand for knockout blows and even has a three-hit combo dedicated to just his right hand. His left has a solid cross but it doesn’t have nearly the power nor the intricacy of his right. The awareness he has in his right in proportion to his left is just an obvious tell that he isn’t really left-handed. His legs are a little trickier, though. Is Yair left- or right-leg dominant? It’s very hard to tell at first as he is incredibly proficient with both legs and both legs have tremendous power.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

He can 360-kick from either side, both roundhouses are devastating, but when you look at his spinning back kick, or the leg he traditionally jumps off of for his rolling thunder, I would say Yair is right-leg dominant as well. He just is brilliant in how solid both of his legs are; but more so than that how he’s evolved his taekwondo to incorporate the conditioned shin opposed to just the instep. I’ve always believed if taekwondo incorporated more shin conditioning opposed to just the instep, it allowed muay thai leg kicks. It would be unstoppable. And that’s exactly what Yair does, especially in his last fight versus B.J. Penn. He looked damn near unstoppable. He made it look easy for a hall of famer.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

So, I hope this video offered some insight into your own style. Bruce’s fencing stance isn’t for everyone and is typically geared towards individuals who prefer throwing kicks over punches, the same way all three of these men, Bruce, Yair, and Cung do. And even then, adhering to something just because Bruce did it will conflict with his martial arts philosophy: ‘The way of now way,’ which implies there is no pack. You simply find what feels best to you, your body, your mind. But if you do prefer kicking, test it out and see if it works for you. Remember, it’s not about being Bruce. It’s about being you.

Bruce Lee:

Honestly expressing yourself.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

It’s about being your authentic expression of self. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Please don’t forget to smash that like button. If you did, it’s good karma. And until next time.




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