What is Southeast Jeet Kune Do?

Southeast Jeet Kune Do is an athletic club seeking to promote realistic self defense methods, athletic martial arts training, functional fitness, and the overall martial lifestyle.We are the operating chapter of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association for the greater Augusta, GA area.

We are sincerely dedicated to the success of our members and students. We offer low student-instructor ratios, as well as personalized coaching and feedback. All of this is done in a family-friendly environment.

We operate from a simple belief that our members are our #1 focus, and develop each individual accordingly. To accomplish this, we provide honest, instructive, and sincere coaching. At Southeast JKD, you will never walk in and feel like you aren’t welcomed, or are forgotten the moment you sign up.

We also do not believe you should be required to sign up for long-term contracts, or a 3 year “Black Belt” training commitment, to be able to train with us. Our quality speaks for itself.  Members who choose use are looking to experience real martial arts, not collect a bunch of colorful belts. Besides, we cannot guarantee you will be a black belt in 3 years. Any school that promises otherwise would be doing you a disservice.

Our classes cover all ranges of martial arts including kicking, punching, trapping, stand-up grappling, ground fighting, and weapons such as sticks and knives. These skills can build confidence, strengthen your body, and even save your life! Many of these skills are transferable to competition fighting, whether for Kickboxing, MMA, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! We do not teach you the physical tactics of self defense only…. we also teach you how to overcome your own fears and anxiety. In doing so, we help you to perform better in all aspects of your life.

Our History

Established in 2010, our studio began as Superior Self Defense Academy (SSDA), where students trained a variety of self defense systems, as well as Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. Since that time we have been the CSRA’s leader for realistic self-defense and martial arts. We are the only academy in the greater CSRA teaching Jeet Kune Do. Jeet Kune Do has been cited as the “ultimate martial art” by Black Belt magazine and was founded by the late Bruce Lee. At our academy, you will receive training under a direct Bruce Lee lineage. Read more about Jeet Kune Do…

In 2015, the studio was renamed the Southeast JKD Athletic Club (Southeast JKD for short) to reflect our focus on Jeet Kune Do exclusively as the way our students develop self defense and personal protection skills. We believe in preserving and spreading the philosophy and training methods used by Sijo Bruce Lee and Guro Dan Inosanto, but our studies have not stopped there! We continuously seek out, train, and promote the teachings and principles of various martial arts styles. As Bruce Lee has said, “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add that which is uniquely your own…”

We opened our doors with the intention to teach the most effective, simple, and realistic self-defense methods. As a student, you will experience world class martial arts training and challenge yourself by learning Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, alongside Filipino Martial Arts (Kali & Eskrima) and Close Quarter Defense Tactics. We also incorporate techniques and strategies from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Boxing, Savate & Muay Thai to promote health, wellness, and practical self-defense skills. The training is suitable for all ages, as the learning environment is both safe and friendly.

Our Philosophy

Some schools are all form and no function. They claim to teach self-defense, but their class time is spent teaching artistic forms, static stances, and extensive stretching protocols. None of these areas teach you anything about how to defend yourself. You can’t wait until you can do a split or finish the choreography being taught before you can be adept at self defense. You need something you can use right away. Enter Southeast JKD.

We believe that you should still be able to learn how to protect yourself, no matter your current physical level. You will learn most effective moves that will keep you safe and take the shortest amount of time to learn. In this way, you become proficient at defending yourself in a much shorter amount of time. Our lessons bypass the nonsense of traditional schools and give you the real ability to defend yourself right away.

We teach you in detailed, step by step format. We do not show you a move once and then throw you into a live sparring situation. That kind of training can get you injured. Instead, we have simple, easy to follow progressions that ensure you train safely and consistently. Once you have embedded the movement, then you can spar with it to make it effective and instinctual.

To get you in shape, we teach you how to put together a challenging bodyweight workout that you can perform anywhere, with or without a partner. The secret is in Action Strength, which is a minimalistic strength and conditioning program to supplement your self-defense training. You will learn to combine calisthenics, kettlebells, and mobility exercises to develop strength, endurance, and flexibility in every workout.

Our Facility and Staff

Southeast JKD is NOT a franchise martial arts studio with spa-like amenities, long term contracts, or marketing gimmicks like board breaking classes. We also do NOT have “black belts” who are 10-12 year olds teaching our beginner classes. Each of our instructors are certified to teach and continue to train, learn, and compete on a regular basis. We believe in what we teach and train accordingly.

We offer a minimalist, no-nonsense, no frills approach to training. We focus our class time on showing you simple, effective moves that almost anyone can perform. Our lessons give you the essentials needed to start defending yourself right away, as well as a strong foundation that will serve your development for years to come. If a student is unable to perform a particular move, then we provide an alternative way of training for that individual. In this way, we are able to teach and serve individuals from a variety of fitness and experience levels.

Sifu Kyle McGahee is the owner and chief instructor of the Southeast Jeet Kune Do Athletic Club, where he spends his time training and coaching students of all ages and backgrounds. He has been teaching for the studio since 2010 (when it was known as Superior Self Defense Academy) while he was in college at Augusta State University (now Augusta University). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors in 2012, and received his Master’s of Science in Psychology with honors in 2016.

His instructor credentials include: Coach 1 Instructor: Jeet Kune Do –  Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association, Action Strength Level 1 Coach – Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association, Full Instructor: Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts – Progressive Fighting Systems, Law Enforcement Instructor- Progressive Fighting Systems, Edged Weapons Instructor- Progressive Fighting Systems, Phase 4 Instructor: Close Quarter Defense Tactics & Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do – Defense Tactics International, Phase 1 Instructor: Police Defense Tactics International – Defense Tactics International, Guro-Lakan: Filipino Defense Tactics – Defense Tactics International, 1st Dan Black Belt Huk Ju Sool Hapkido – Defense Tactics International, & 1st Dan Black Belt – Superior Self-Defense Academy.

Kyle has made it his goal to build quality students, as well as helping them to open their eyes to new possibilities and opportunities in their personal lives. He trains each one to develop confidence, self-belief, and character through various methods that come from generations of World Class instructors in Jeet Kune Do, Filipino martial arts (Kali, Escrima, Arnis), Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, and combat Hapkido. He has studied and trained with masters such as Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Sifu Richard Bustillo, and more. The methods trained and the lessons learned help Sifu Kyle to deliver the most important, fundamental and functional aspects of martial arts and self defense to students at Southeast Jeet Kune Do.

The Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association

Our goal is to help our members develop a strong character, a healthy body, and a peaceful mind. Founded by Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal, the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association offers complete a self-protection & self-perfection program created to preserve and pass on the martial teachings and philosophical way of life of Jeet Kune Do’s creator, Bruce Lee.

The official mission of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association is to “preserve and perpetuate the Jeet Kune Do way of life.” As the Southeast chapter of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association, we are also dedicated to this mission. By providing world-class instruction, we offer our students the ability to train their body, and their mind, in order to enrich and enhance their lives in all aspects. Our instructors and our students achieve excellence through hard work, discipline and perseverance. We operate on simple values, such as respect, honor, loyalty, positivity, compassion, modesty and integrity.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Give us a call. Schedule a time to come by and experience a class. Only then can you decide what is right for you.





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-A FREE Orientation Class & Expert Consultation
-Plus How to Get Started for Only $29 (& receive a FREE T-Shirt!)

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