What is Jeet Kune Do?

JEET KUNE DO = The Way Of The Intercepting Fist

Jeet Kune Do is the form of martial art created by the legendary Bruce Lee. During his years of training, Bruce came to realise that no one martial art has all the answers to all combat situations, as he said "Everything works, but nothing works all the time", so JKD is really about using the art that works for that moment in time and then moving on (adapting to the situation).

Because of the way he was built, his emotional make up and so on, Bruce originally researched and drew from 26 forms of combat which he found suited him on a personal level and were very effective forms of combat. He chose arts that could be used in the Kicking, Punching, Trapping and Grappling ranges. he also developed his body and senses to their ultimate potential, in order to be as effective as possible in any given situation (Combat or otherwise).

Sometimes Bruce would only use a principle from a combat form, like coining the phrase "Stop Hit" from western fencing. This was to become a cornerstone of JKD philosophy, intercepting an opponent just as he is about to strike you. He also adopted steps, terms and the strong side forward stance from fencing.

Bruce Lee was a student of Philosophy and studied the human condition in order to better understand himself, he was also an amazing example of self motivation, which is the driving force in any martial artists training. he knew that you must not only concentrate on the physical side of combat, the emotional side is every bit as important. he said that in combat, you must sometimes learn to step through the door way of insanity...and come back again. A JKD practitioner is all about cultivating attributes, both physical and emotional.

Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is the term used when describing the art and techniques Bruce taught when he was alive (Lee Jun Fan being his Chinese name) Jeet Kune Do Concepts is used to describe the way Bruce's art has evolved and been added to or changed since his death, by the instructors Bruce left behind. His friend and highest ranked instructor Danny Inosanto added elements from the art of Kali because he found that they complimented the way Bruce viewed his combat training and could only add to the effectiveness of JKD. Many other JKD teachers have done this over the years because they thought Bruce would want his art to always be evolving.

John Carrigan