Hello, and welcome to the forum!
1. Since JKD practitioners are not in a traditional WC stance, body machanics in performing a sliding leverage hit seems a bit different (this is what I feel, as we can simultaneously pivot the body about the body central axis to perform such a technique in WC in order to generate force and establish a new centre line. Please correct me if I'm wrong). Do we need to do a sidestepping when doing that in JKD?
A) Not necessarily! If you fully understand your JKD body mechanics, and how to properly torque and pivot, footwork will quite often be nothing more than wasted energy!
2. I know power and timing are critical. Is it possible for a small guy to do that against a heavy punch delivered by a bigger guy?
A) It is not the size of the person, but the proper mechanics that make the difference. Remember, Jeet Kune Do is based on highly sound, scientific principles! What works for one should work for all!
3. Boxing techniques like bob n weave and slipping play important roles in JKD. If we can perform an excellent sliding leverage, does it mean boxing evasions become less important in JKD when dealing with a straight punch?
A) I would say so! Sliding leverage (the art of "cutting into the tool") negates many things, and saves a lot of wasted motion. Too many seem to place so much emphasis on the boxing part of the WC/fencing/boxing equation. I think it is the least important of the three arts that primarily make up JKD!
4. As far as I understand, a time-hit means a counterattack to close the line of the offense. Is sliding leverage one of the time-hit techniques? What other techniques can be regarded as time-hit? Can time-hit apply to kicking techniques?
A) Sliding leverage/cutting the line IS the primary method of time hitting! You could apply the same principle to kicking, especially if you have had some chi gerk (sticking legs) training.
I hope that clears things up for you somewhat! I hope that you will visit the forum often!
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