What is Jeet Kune Do?
Jeet Kune Do is Bruce Lee’s art. JKD is Bruce Lee personal expression of combat. Bruce Lee wrote that the elements of JKD include the Bi-Jong stance, footwork, mobility, body alignment and coordination. JKD has been referred to as a non-classical, combat modified, Chinese Gung Fu system. It roots are grounded in Wing Chun, Western Boxing and Fencing.
What is the difference between Original Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee taught and Jeet Kune Do Concepts?
Original JKD is what Bruce Lee actually taught. Authentic Jeet Kune Do ™ preserves the original teachings from Bruce Lee to Sifu Ted Wong and then from Sifu Ted Wong to Sifu Michael Gonzales. Concepts are an offshoot that include the Philippine martial arts mainly Escrima.
If Jeet Kune Do is not a style, then why do people refer to it as a style?
Bruce Lee developed a set of core techniques and a curriculum that continued to be modified and referred to JKD as a style or system of fighting. Additionally, the Bruce Lee Foundation has stated that Jeet Kune Do is a style.
Is Jeet Kune Do a mixed martial art?
No, It is a set of highly specialized training techniques that Bruce Lee personally developed for street fighting. It is not a sport. There are no rules, no referees and no towels. MMA is a sport with rules which prohibit the use of techniques such as eye gouging, groin kicks and biting.
Does Jeet Kune Do have belts?
No. Bruce’s philosophy was that the primary purpose of a belt is to hold your pants up. He firmly believed that through hard work and training the practitioner could either execute or not execute these specialized techniques. He found that in too many cases after a certain rank or belt was achieved that the practitioner tended not to train as diligently and would forgo top level training. He did, however, respect other martial arts. Bruce developed a ranking system to measure the attributes and knowledge of the practitioner.
Am I too old to learn Jeet Kune Do?
No. JKD can be adapted and learned at any age. The only limits are those that the practitioner places upon themselves. JKD training is modified for age considerations.
As Sifu Wong taught me, it is an art whereby you can practice as you age. There is the young and young at heart group. As a member of the young at heart group, today in 2019 my training curriculum consists of the following: As your Chief Instructor, I train 7 days per week for an average of 2.0 to 2.5 hours of circuit training with no break, 12 rounds on the heavy bag, 250-300 push-ups daily, 40 finger push-ups, road work, 300 sit-ups at a 45% angle, focus mitts, speed rope, speed bag, footwork, kicks, punches and weight training. This represents approximately 85% of my training program 30 years ago which confirms Sifu Wong’s teachings
My training partner, student and young intern instructor is Scott Blum who earned a Black Belt in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program. Scott served for 8 years in the Marine Corp and was in active combat duty in Afghanistan honorably defending our country against ISIS among two other tours.
Can I learn Jeet Kune Do if I have never taken martial arts lessons?
Yes, in fact, in some cases it is better if one does not have a martial arts background. This is because the practitioner will have to adjust and be trained in a much different set of techniques. In other cases, it could be helpful so that the practitioner better understands the protocol of martial arts in general.
I have injuries, so will I be able to train in Jeet Kune Do?
No. We do not recommend training with injuries. Prevention is better than cure. One primary purpose of JKD is to learn how to properly train and minimize injuries.
If I’m out of shape, will I be extremely fatigued training in Jeet Kune Do?
Our training philosophy is simple: first your crawl, then you walk, then you run. We carefully evaluate the student and develop a curriculum for them individually. Some practitioners are at different conditioning levels so we make an adjustment and allow for those differences. To be clear, the competitor is NOT the person next to you in class but yourself. The practitioner should strive to enhance their conditioning and execution of the technique each week. It is a way of living healthy, building confidence and a lifestyle.
Is sparring or contact required?
Sparring is NOT required. We have a methodology of training (Level 1) that will emulate as much as possible a real street encounter using focus mitts and kicking shields. The next stage (Level 2) involves “tap sparring” which is controlled sparring. It provides an opportunity for the practitioner to get a “feel” of an actual person attacking them and how they will respond. The final stage (Level 3) is sparring with protective equipment in a controlled environment. Sparring is only upon request and must be approved and supervised by a senior instructor.
What is your approach to teaching martial arts?
Our approach to teaching martial arts is to respect one another and possess the right attitude. “Powering up” or “bullying” is not permitted. We will ask the student to leave the premises. Finally, we do not recommend that the student or guest attempt to “challenge” or “power up” on a fellow student or senior instructor as that would be an unwise choice.
Do you offer children’s classes?
No. We only teach persons that are 18 years of age and older.