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The Straight Lead: Teri Tom and Ted Wong


In the wake of Sifu Ted Wongs death, I thought of the book The Straight Lead, by Teri Tom. Its an excellent book. Now you might think that a book only about the lead punch would be simple-Simon dull and repetitive, but youd be wrong. If you can judge a teacher by his students, the knowledge and seriousness of author Teri Tom speaks well of the late Sifu Ted Wong. Sifu Wong poses for several pictures and is interviewed, as well as being referenced and quoted throughout the book. The most fascinating aspect of the book is how it goes into great depth about how Bruce Lee developed his lead punch. Bruce didnt just get a punch from Wing Chun, or from boxing, or simply combine the two. Bruce Lees lead punch was the result of intense study and wide reading in the fields of both boxing and fencing, including legendary boxer Jack Dempsey and fencer Aldo Nadi. Regardless of how well you think you know Bruce Lee, I guarantee you will find something new in this book. The book goes into great depth on the lead punch, on footwork, and on strategy. Teri Tom writes so intelligently and has researched her subject so thoroughly, that you cant help but be prompted to think more deeply about the martial arts. Even if you disagree with her and Sifu Wong. And you may very well find yourself disagreeing. The late Sifu
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The Straight Lead, by Teri Tom

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Wong was a prime mover behind the purist Jeet Kune Do movement, and your view of GM Dan Inosanto may cause your blood to boil, especially in the comments and interview sections toward the end, which are less focused on technique. For the serious martial artist, those interested in Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, or the late Sifu Wong, I think this book is a must have.

Author Teri Tom and the Late Sifu Ted Wong


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10 Responses to The Straight Lead: Teri Tom and Ted Wong


James Says:
De ce m be r 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

Teri Tom is also a proponent of explosive strength training or what is

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commonly functional strength. The idea being that rather than using traditional body building exercises one does strength training for the full range of motion that one would use in martial arts. Reply

bigstickcombat Says:
De ce m be r 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

James, I didnt know that. I saw pictures of her with Manny Pacquiao I think shes a sports nutritionist, too. Reply

James Says:
De ce m be r 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Yes she is Darrin, and while she credits another man with what I said above I have no doubt that she too is a beliver of funtional strength training: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8FAgC 25o2g Reply

Miguel Angel Gutirrez Says:


De ce m be r 18, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hola Darrin: Me alegra volver a contactar con usted. Yo como muchos, me inici por la aventura de conocer a fondo Jeet Kune Do y me lleg a fascinar y el uso de los puos en su estudio es muy completo, por no decir, el ms completo. Pero algo que me hizo pensar en seguir con su estudio, fue el hecho de que una pelea callejera es incontrolable, y de esa manera tuve una fractura en los huesos de mi mano, e intercambiando conversaciones con porteros de discoteca y alumnos que siempre han estado al pie del can han sufrido este tipo de lesiones. Desde que me inici en el estudio de Defendu, C ombatives y Gutterfighting, he desecho el uso de los puos dndole protagonismo como usted sabe al uso de las manos (excepto el Hammer Fist) con una gran satisfaccin y seguridad para mi integridad y la de mis alumnos. Feliz Navidad y Saludos desde Espaa. Miguel A. Gutirrez GEAC OM S.O.U.T Reply

James Says:
De ce m be r 18, 2010 at 5:48 am

For those who do not read Spanish just cut and paste the above into Google using the language tools. Reply

Miguel Angel Gutirrez Says:


De ce m be r 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

Hi Darrin: Glad to reconnect with you. I like many, I started the adventure of getting to know Jeet Kune Do and I became fascinated and use his fists in his study is complete, if not the most complete. But something made me think to continue their study was the fact that a street fight is uncontrollable, and so I had a broken bone in my hand, and sharing conversations with nightclub doormen and students who have always been soldiering have suffered such injuries. Since I began studying Defendu, C ombatives and Gutterfighting, I discard the use of fists as you know by giving prominence to the use of hands (except the Hammer Fist) with great satisfaction and security

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for my integrity and my students. Reply

bigstickcombat Says:
De ce m be r 18, 2010 at 7:09 am

Miguel, Bienvenido! Hace mucho que no hablamos. Es una cuestion, es util el golpe con los nudillos? Porque hay una gran diferencia entre pelear con guantes (el boxeo tradicional) y pelear en las calles, sin guantes. Reply

James Says:
De ce m be r 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I got this book on loan from a friend. The Dan bashing (she doesnt say the Dan but when you talk about Escrima, Kali, and JKD you know who she is talking about) was in bad taste and for a woman that had no martial art training I think she is just repeating what she hears from Ted Wong and Linda Lee. Bad taste indeed. The actual technical part though is well done except she hasnt a leg to stand on when it comes to her Wing C hun comments: Wing C hun, for example, requires both fighters to set up so that their arms are touching. Oh please Teri, learn aomething about an art before you try to talk about it! The touching is called a reference point and in actual combat it only comes in to use if your first atack is blocked. She is a one trick pony, she has studied JKD or JFJKD as she calls it under Ted Wongoh but wait! she is now doing Jujutsu? So what if she comes in with a straight lead and the guy deflects and takes her to the ground? Will she use her jujutsu now? I guess Dan isnt allowed to use a straight lead and then use his BJJ that he has been learning in the 90s. So parts of the book is good, but parts are to be put in the young punk section. Dont take it too bad, Bruce was a young punk too but he had the utmost respect and love for his Wing C hun teacher Yip Man. Reply

Dee Says:
Nove m be r 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

She can talk, shes also studying Freedmans method of Jujutsu and said It plugs the gaps that are in jkd! That was her testimonial on back cover of the book from the Freedmans method called Receiving the C ircle once this came to light that shed said plug the gaps in jkd, the book was withdrawn from the Freedmans website. Interesting! Reply

James Says:
De ce m be r 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Teri Tom: For many years now, I have searched for a way to fill in the gaps, both spiritual and technical, left in the wake of Bruce Lees premature death. Freedmans Method and Receiving the C ircle have pointed me in the right direction. The principles of the art? are perfectly in line with, and a logical extension of, Jeet Kune Do. And this books biggerpicture approach to the martial arts will change the way you see the world. So after bashing another fellow who studies and teaches other arts besides JKD she is saying that jujutsu (the Japanese kind which I do) is a logical extension of, Jeet Kune Do. WTF? Will this woman please make up her mind! Reply

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