Company: SDS/ JEET KUNE DO
Tape Name: Jeet Kune Do Chi Sao Training Drills
Length of Tape/Time: Approximately 60 minutes
Number of Moves/Techniques:
Training Drill Tape
Return Policy: Don't Know
Experiences in dealing with this company: Don't
The Instructor: Gary Dill
Company's Address: P.O. Box 3396, Bartlesville,
Company's Phone Number:
Web Page: http://www.jkd-garydill.com/
Main Grading Criteria
Instructors demonstrated skill level: 8
Comprehension Score: 9
to which this will make someone a better Martial Artist: 8
Degree to which we
would recommend this product: 8
Score on delivery vs hype: 8
Wasted Time (The
higher the number, the less " fluff "):9
Playback Score/Watching it
over-and-over again): 8
Would I purchase more of this company's products: 8
grade based on cost vs value: 8
Grand Total: 81% ( Poor = 0. 25 Stars )
Secondary Grading Criteria
Time to benefit: Don't know ( or
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: None
to Mr. Gary Dill, the material on this video is from the Oakland school of Jeet Kune
Do that existed when Bruce Lee was alive. The term chi sao means " energy hands
" and refers to the energy that an opponent will give to you during the course
of a fight. According to Mr. Dill, " " Very few people know about it.
Very few JKD practitioners know about it ". So if Bruce Lee invented it, why
do so few JKD practitioners know about it ?? I suppose Mr. Dill is selling one of
those never ending " martial arts secrets " with which we are all so familiar.
I have asked several JKD'ers that I know about this chi sao that Mr. Dill talks
about. Mr. Dill is quite correct because they know nothing about it. Most have
never heard of Gary Dill either so it does make me wonder. To put it bluntly, 90%
of the material is an absolute waste of valuable training time. At least that is
my take on this volume. The quality of this video is borderline home video although
I have seen worse productions.
The entire tape is a series of training drills
that consist of two people touching their hands together and doing slow motion attacks
while the other person " feels " the energy and responds with a technique.
The responses involve basic strikes, locks, and some very impractical trapping techniques
that appear to have been lifted from wing chun kung fu. Some of the trapping moves
are absurdly complicated and would be impossible to use in a real fight. I became
very bored watching, ostensibly because I could not " feel " the energy
radiating from the tv screen.
Don't get me wrong because I feel there is a
definite place for using sensitivity training. Drills such as hubud ( from the filipino
arts ) make use of this " energy " but with one big difference. Hubud makes
use of energy in an alive, dynamic state. The drills on this video are static, and
very non alive. Anyone who has seen the Matt Thornton tape( "Aliveness")
will recognize instantly that what Mr. Dill is teaching is strictly non combative,
dead, and non functional for learning how to fight. But that does sum up what is
on this video. Two guys, touching wrists and arms together, playing patty cake and
pretending to learn how to fight.
So what do we have here? We have training
drills, supposedly invented by Bruce Lee, which very few JKD practitioners know about.
I am naturally very suspect over the origin of drills that claim to be known by very
few. We have training drills that, in my opinion, are totally static and non alive
and have little to nothing to do with improving fighting skills. I can see how it
might be easy to convince rookie martial artists that this stuff is good for "
learning to feel your opponent's energy ". Mr. Dill may be selling but we're
There is only one way to learn how to fight ( other than actually
getting into fights ). You must train by learning concepts and you must use realistic
and effective drills. You must put on gear and spar. Or do Panic Attacks. Or fight
with sticks, padded or otherwise. But you must do something real. The stuff here
is none of the above and certainly is not real. Sorry if you folks out there disagree
but I am telling it like it is. This video, like so many other martial art mumbo
jumbo videos, is not recommended.