Take another look at the quote of Bruce Lee’s that I opened this E-Paper with, I mean really think about it. “The essence of fighting is the art of moving,” and moving is footwork. The principles of movement form the very heart of combat. Footwork means mobility, and being mobile is strongly emphasized in Bruce Lee’s art. The two chief things that proper footwork provides for the martial artist is a means of finding a target and a means to avoid being a target. It will beat any punch or kick and get you to where you want to go; whether in for a strike or the hell out of harm’s way.
It should be obvious that you cannot use your hands or legs effectively until your feet have put you into position in which you can do so, if you are slow on your feet, you will be slow with your punches and kicks. Good footwork allows you to hit from any angle and also to follow up your initial attack with more powerful finishing blows. Footwork, in short, “gets you there and gets you out.” Another important tool in JFJKD is learning how to correctly judge distance, which Bruce Lee referred to as “the fighting measure,” which is simply another way of saying, “distance.” It’s very important to know to judge distance because distance is the relationship between you and your opponent. It all depends on the length on the distance you need to bridge or close between you and your opponent and also your opponent’s reaction speed.