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Single Angulated Attack (SAA) Demonstrated in the Movie Snatch

The Single Angulated Attack, or SAA, is one of the 5 ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do.  I was watching the movie Snatch the other day and low and behold, there was a beautiful demonstration of SAA.

Snatch, the Movie

Snatch, which came out in 2000, is a very funny movie with an all-star cast that follows several very colorful characters, including:

  • Turkish, an illegal boxing promoter, played by Jason Statham
  • Mickey, a bare-knuckle boxing champion and gypsy, or pikey, played by Brad Pitt
  • Frankie Four Fingers, a thief, played by Benicio Del Toro
  • Bullet-Tooth Tony, Boris the Blade, Brick Top, Gorgeous George, and many others.

There are multiple story lines that all connect, so you have to pay attention when watching this movie for the first time.  There is a diamond heist, illegal boxing matches, caravans (or camping trailers as we call them in the USA), and a dag.  Dag? Yeah, a dag?  Oh,…dog.

What does all this have to do with SAA?

Anyway, as I was watching Snatch again, I happened to catch the scene where Tommy goes to pick up a new caravan for Turkish from the gypsies and brings Gorgeous George along for protection.  Before too long Gorgeous George ends up in an impromptu bare-knuckle fight with Mickey.  Watch the video, and pay special, close attention around the 1 minute mark to see the SAA.

Beautiful! Mickey just steps offline and BOOM! Lands that punch. Knocks Gorgeous George right out.  Beautiful demonstration and application of SAA.

Single Angulated Attack (SAA)

Jeet Kune Do, SAA, 5 Ways of Attack

Jun Fan Gung Fu book by Kevin Seaman that covers the 5 ways of attack, including SAA

As I said in the beginning, SAA is one of the 5 ways of attack in Jeet Kune Do.  To learn more about the 5 ways of attack, you can go to class and ask your Sifu.  There are numerous books on the subject, but I would recommend Jun Fan Gung Fu by Kevin Seaman.  For SMAA Jeet Kune Do students who are serious about training and want to move beyond white sash, this book is required. There are copies at the front desk, or you can pick one up on Amazon.

It takes a lot to make a movie believable with the fight scenes.  That is the job of the fight choreographer, or fight director. Snatch did a really good job.

Stay tuned for more demonstrations of martial arts techniques in movies.


Jeanne started her martial arts training later in life and has been training at SMAA for over 10 years. She likes all aspects of the martial arts from the physical challenges to the spiritual pursuits of martial etiquette and virtue. She has a master degree in marketing and is currently working on her MBA.

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