“The Way of the Intercepting Fist”
For Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do was more than a way of fighting, but a process of self-discovery and growth. In fact, JKD could be thought of as a set fighting principles and philosophy that allows the practitioner to “change with change” and adapt to spontaneous combat scenarios. The basis of JKD was founded on Wing Chun, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Fencing, as well as some others. Bruce Lee trained his martial art as any athlete would train their sport. His hard work and desire to discover the roots of combat changed the way we look at martial arts today. In fact, Black Belt magazine has even called it the “Ultimate Fighting Art.”
JKD is often referred to as a “style without style” or “the art of fighting without fighting” as said by Lee himself. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred to it as “The art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews.
Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid, and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “Dry land swimming”. He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “Be like water” and move fluidly without hesitation.
More recently, Bruce Lee has been coined the Father of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). A lot of pro MMA fighters credit Lee as an inspiration, through seeing his films, reading his notes and philosophies, and studying his training regimen. Here’s a direct quote from Dana White of the UFC on Bruce Lee and his role in MMA.
“Actually, the father of mixed martial arts, if you will, was Bruce Lee. If you look at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he fought, and many of the things he wrote, he said the perfect style was no style. You take a little something from everything. You take the good things from every different discipline, use what works, and you throw the rest away.” -Dana White from Wickert, Marc. 2004. Dana White and the future of UFC. fighttimes.com
Southeast Jeet Kune Do teaches Bruce Lee’s training and ideology under a single curriculum. Our JKD curriculum is comprised of several elements from Bruce Lee’s schools, beginning in 1959 from Seattle, to Oakland, and then to Los Angeles. We teach modified Wing Chun, Jun Fan Gung Fu, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.
This method uses the most simple, direct and non-classical movements. Along with Lee’s idea of intercepting the opponent (from Western Fencing), these principles will develop anyone into effective self-defense practitioners, while possessing the cardio, stamina and endurance of competition fighters!
- Modified Wing Chun is part of the foundation of Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. Sometimes known as Non-Classical Gung Fu, this is what Bruce Lee taught at the Seattle school around 1959. It focuses on striking and trapping from close range positions. Bruce Lee studied under Grandmaster Ip Man for many years in Hong Kong before he moved to America. Modified Wing Chun was modified for application to boxing and karate structures and forms the nucleus of JKD.
- Jun Fan Gung Fu is what was taught in Bruce Lee’s schools as the foundation of knowledge for many years. It was developed by combining his modified Wing Chun, boxing and kicking techniques. It involves techniques from Western Boxing, modified Wing Chun, and Savate (Kickboxing). It taught new students every thing from punches, kicks, trapping and general physical development.
- Bruce lee’s Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is the culmination of Bruce Lee’s research on fighting methods and his personal style of martial arts. This portion includes principles from Fencing, Western Boxing, modified Wing Chun, and Savate. It was his personal style of fighting and relies heavily on stop-hits, interceptions, timing and distance control.
JKD Kickboxing at Southeast JKD
Our Kickboxing classes include the full range of striking possibilities and will teach students the necessary techniques to compete in MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, or Kickboxing competitions. Students learn attacks and defense through a series of drills and sparring, in a safe and controlled manner.
Our Kickboxing curriculum includes Jun Fan Kickboxing, trapping, and hand fighting methods found in many different arts. Techniques from Western boxing, Savate, and Kickboxing make up the majority of our striking, Each class includes various drills, techniques, sparring, and physical exercise. Physical attributes such as explosiveness, strength, and endurance are developed through the use of kettlebells, calisthenics and other types of exercises.
The best part is you don’t have to compete to participate in our Kickboxing classes! Our classes have a heavy emphasis on the fundamentals of Jun Fan Kickboxing, as well as the self defense aspects you can derive from the system. While we encourage competition, it is not required to participate in our Kickboxing classes. This means that each student will get a great workout while learning effective techniques, all without having to risk injury or compete! We will teach you the fundamentals of Kickboxing that is useful for both competition and self defense purposes.
Gear is recommended to participate in the JKD Kickboxing classes at Southeast JKD. Proper gear includes:
- MMA Safety Sparring Gloves
- Boxing Gloves (12-16 oz)
- Shin Guards (with instep protection)
- Mouth Piece
Students will develop their attributes and skills by training:
- Footwork and timing
- Boxing and Kickboxing
- Standing Grappling / Trapping
- Positional and Space Control
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