Trapping #4

January 26 2016 at 2:13 PM
Philip Callahan  (no login)

Response to Trapping#3

During the Chinatown Period, Ted Wong was training privately with Bruce, so I would imagine that Ted had a pretty good understanding of his Sifu's philosophy on trapping. As a matter of fact, there was a period of time when Ted was close with William Cheung. He taught Lee Wing Chun whenever Wong Shun Leung was unavailable.

Despite assertions to the contrary, there was a common thread between eras in regards to how Bruce taught HIA techniques. For example, Lee felt that the Pak Sao should be delivered at the elbow joint, that the trap should do some damage to the elbow joint, the arm should be pressed into the opponents centerline, and the opponent's lead leg should be checked using shin to shin contact.

Bruce taught this to Seattle Era student Patrick Strong, Oakland Era student Howard Williams, and L.A./Chinatown Era student Jerry Poteet. The only tangible difference between the 3 eras is that by 1967, Bruce had completely abandoned compound trapping. By that time, Bruce was obsessed with bridging the gap. When he did trap, it would involve closing fast using fencing footwork, the use of a single trap, and then all hell would break loose.

While I would agree that there were more pure fighters in Seattle and Oakland, the Chinatwon kwoon did have 3 major bad asses at its disposal. Bob Bremer, Dan Lee, and Larry Hartsell were tough dudes who would mix it up in a heartbeat. Great story about Bremer.

Scott Loring was a 6'1" 215 pound Kenpo black belt who gave Joe Lewis the toughest point fight of his storied career. Loring visited the Chinatwon kwoon after speaking to Ed Parker and he arrived with an attitude. Bremer was miffed by this attitude, so he asked Loring to spar full contact. At that time, the Chinatwon kwoon was the only martial arts school to wear protective gear during sparring sessions.

Loring attempted to use a rear leg kick, Bremer did a leg obstruction, and proceeded to straight blast Loring into a wall. Dan Inosanto then called a halt to the sparring session. When Dan told Bruce what happened, Bruce was smiling from ear to ear. With the exception of Ted Wong, nobody from that era logged more private training time with Bruce than Bob Bremer.

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