“Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own. “ – Bruce Lee
The Pinnacle of Refinement
Jeet Kune Do (JKD) or “Way of the intercepting fist,” was created by Bruce Lee and may be classified as a modern form of Chinese-American martial art. Although Jeet Kune Do’s primary influences are Wing Chun Gung Fu, Western Fencing and Western Boxing, Jeet Kune Do is more accurately, “Bruce Lee’s martial art.” Jeet Kune Do is “simple, direct and non-classical (functional).” Jeet Kune Do is primarily a striking art that includes refined trapping and grappling to facilitate – you guessed it – striking. Jeet Kune Do is about space/time mastery and is based on its sound structure and super mobility.
The term Jeet Kune Do was coined and put into use in 1967 by Bruce Lee in an attempt to put a name to his martial expression. Lee wrestled with putting a name to his art as he constantly veered away from any type of crystallization (and thereby limitation) of its essence, however, the simple need to refer to it in some concrete way won out and Jeet Kune Do was born.
The idea of intercepting is key to Jeet Kune Do, whether it be the interception of your opponent’s technique or his intent. The basic guiding principles are: simplicity, directness and freedom (the form of no form).
The techniques and philosophies of Jeet Kune Do can be applied to real combat as well as challenging life situations. Jeet Kune Do consists of physical techniques and applied philosophies and requires the individual to train him or herself to their most cultivated state of being-ness so that when faced with a combat situation or a challenging personal situation, the tools needed are available in the moment and can be executed without thought. Jeet Kune Do celebrates the cultivation and honest self expression of the individual over any organized style.