Jeet Kune Do

Founded in 1967 by the legend himself, Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid martial arts system influenced by Lee’s philosophy and experiences. Named after the Wing Chun concept of attacking when ones opponent is about to attack, Jeet Kune Do means “The way of the intercepting fist”. Referred to as a formless non-classical style of Chinese kung fu. Jeet Kune Do, or JKD, comes with a guided sense of approach, rather than fixated stances or patterns. There are no patterns in a real combat situation, which is why Lee’s approach was utilizing a system he created called “combat realism”. He believed martial arts techniques should be utilized based on their effectiveness in real life scenarios. Minimal effort with maximum effect and speed is a JKD practitioners motive. Lee considered JKD the art of fighting without fighting. Often on his writings and interviews, he referred to it as “the art of expressing the human body”. “Be like water” was one of Lee’s most famous known expressions and principals; if one is fluid then they can adapt to any situation. Stance and footwork were also heavily emphasized principles in the JKD system. The Wing Chun centerline theory, which is an imaginary line drawn vertically along the center of a standing body, was incorporated by Lee into the JKD system. The main objectives are to protect, control, occupy both your’s and your opponent’s centerlines. Before mixed martial arts, JKD was probably the only system that utilizes 4 ranges of combat: punching, kicking, trapping, and grappling. To be able to fight wherever the fight goes, whether it’s on the ground or standing, creates a complete mixed martial artist. Not many people are aware, but Bruce Lee became the father of mixed martial arts when he introduced JKD to the world.