kung fu moves · 06/08/2023

Jeet Kune Do splitting training

Palm splitting is an easy-to-learn hand attack technique in Jeet Kune Do.

The Jeet Kune Do palm splitting technique is roughly the same as in Chinese martial arts, which is called a hand knife in Japanese karate.

The split palm can attack the opponent’s head and neck, collarbone, ribs, chest and abdomen.

The main point of the splitting palm is that it is strong and cold and crisp.

“Kung Fu Martial Arts Cool” introduces the actual combat use of palm splitting in Jeet Kune Do, specializing in the enemy’s head and neck, collarbone, ribs, chest and abdomen. This is a continuation of this article, which will give you a detailed introduction to the training method of Jeet Kune Do splitting palms.

First, the splitting technology

1. Action description: start the action from the warning pile (Figure 1-1, Figure 1-2, Figure 1-3), buckle the thumb of the forehand, the remaining four fingers are naturally straightened, the front foot is moved forward by 7-8 cm, and the rapid attack is retracted to restore the alert posture (Figure 1-4).

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2. Splitting type: Splitting palms can be divided into lower splitting palms (Fig. 1-5), inner splitting palms (Fig. 1-6), outer splitting palms (Fig. 1-7), and front splitting palms (Fig. 1-8) from the direction of attack.

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3. Action requirements: the splitting action requires high accuracy and fast speed, and special attention should be paid to the elastic action of the splitting action, if the action is slightly delayed, it will affect the attack power of the splitting palm.

2. Splitting training

1. Movement training

The practitioner starts with the vigilance pile posture and practices various splitting movements (Figure 2-1).

Unwanted movements can be corrected with the help of an assistant or mirror. Practice for 2-3 minutes in groups.

2. Springball training

Practitioners use a spring ball to practice splitting palms, paying attention to the essentials of movement, attack distance and timing during the exercise (Figure 2-2).

Practice 10-15 reps or 2-3 minutes in a group.

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The practitioner buys one of these speed balls (spring balls) and can practice.

3. Small sandbag exercise

Choose small sandbags weighing 10-15 kg to practice splitting (Figures 2-3).

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Practitioners can purchase one of the following hanging water-filled sandbags instead of small sandbags.

4. Hand target practice

Practitioners practice splitting techniques with assistants holding hand targets. The assistant can change the height of the hand target and the distance between each other, and the practitioner can gradually change from static practice to mobile practice, and can mix tactics and other techniques (Figure 2-4).

The following Li Ning boxer targets are perfect for splitting hands.

5. Elastic belt exercise

The practitioner wears one end of the elastic band on each hand and performs various palm splitting exercises (Figures 2-5).

Practitioners can purchase the following boxing air strike resistance bands for palm splitting strength training.

6. Wooden pile practice

Practitioners can practice splitting with the help of wooden stakes. When practicing, pay attention to the correct and rapid splitting movements. The wooden stake can be considered a tough opponent and various attack exercises can be done with it, highlighting the use of the splitting technique (Figure 2-6).

Practice for 2-3 minutes in groups.

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Practitioners can purchase one of the following wooden stakes and practice at home.