Jeet Kune Do
History of Jeet Kune Do
In 1959, Bruce Lee came to America. At that time his original art was Wing-Chun Kung Fu having been trained by the legendary teacher Yip Man. Over the next few years of working with much larger and stronger Americans, Bruce Lee discovered the limitations of Wing-Chun and began to modify it.
In 1964, at the Long Beach Internationals, Bruce Lee first met Dan Inosanto. Over the next 9 years Bruce and Dan together created what is now known as "Jeet Kune Do." They dissected and synthesized every art and philosophy salient to street fighting.
In 1973, Bruce Lee passed away, and the mantle of Jeet Kune Do was officially passed to Dan Inosanto. In 1974, Mr. Inosanto opened the doors to the Filipino Kali Academy. His intention was and still is to continue to cultivate and refine the original process by which he and Bruce started. Sigung Paul Vunak has trained Under Guro Dan Inosanto as one of his top instructors for over 30 years. Guro Inosanto was Bruce Lee's Protégé, training partner and best friend. Sifu Barry Jenkins has received the certification of "Full Instructor" from Sigung Paul Vunak.
Sigung Vunak trained Seal Team 6, the FBI, and the DEA this system. Now you can train in the same self defense system that was taught to Seal Team 6, the FBI, and the DEA. This is a complete fighting art designed for the street and not for the ring. An art that has been modified for the ring has been civilized. The art of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do has not been "watered down" to satisfy a boxing or MMA authority. Contemporary Jeet Kune Do is designed to finish a fight within 9 seconds. Jeet Kune Do will teach you how to fight in all four ranges of combat: kicking range, punching range, trapping range, and grappling range.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can learn this system of combat and philosophy, contact Sifu Barry Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Principles of Jeet Kune Do
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”
“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.”
“A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence. ”
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
"Be like water."
What makes Jeet Kune Do Different?
In most martial arts, someone created a style (called the Founder) out of necessity. It was designed to meet a need, usually to defeat a stronger and larger adversary. Over the course of time, that style had a right and wrong way to fight. For example, there is a difference in stance, punching, and kicking techniques among the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese systems. Students were forced to adapt themselves to the style. Regardless of their body types and personality, they had to conform. Contemporary Jeet Kune Do is different. CJKD teaches concepts. The concepts adapt themselves to the individual. That is one reason why this art is timeless. Whether 18 or 80, since the art adapts to you, you can practice this art forever. When you practice CJKD, you will be guided by the instructor to determine what works for you. You will use what is useful, discard what isn't, and add from yourself to the art. This makes CJKD a very effective martial art that is tailored to you.
Any time a martial art is modified for the ring or any competition, it loses its street effectiveness. Contemporary Jeet Kune Do has not been changed so there can be athletic competitions. Its lethal techniques remain. Therefore, it stands unique to most martial arts.
The Four Ranges of Combat
Bruce Lee taught that there were four ranges of fighting: kicking, punching, trapping (or close quarter), and grappling. In kicking range, your feet can hit your adversary, but your hands cannot. In punching range, your hands can reach your adversary, but your knees and elbows cannot. In trapping range, you can reach the adversary with knees, elbows, and headbutts. Finally, in grappling range you end up on the ground. Most martial art systems fight in one or two ranges. However, Contemporary Jeet Kune Do will teach you to fight in all four ranges. As part of your Jeet Kune Do training, you will learn the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. You will eligible to earn real rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu separate from your rank in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do. Therefore, regardless of where a fight starts or ends up, you are prepared.
What are the classes like?
The classes taught at Warrior Martial Arts are taught under the supervision of Barry Jenkins Sr, a Senior Instructor in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and former Vice President of Operations for Sifu Vunak's parent company Progressive Fighting Systems. In addition, Sifu Jenkins is a Full Instructor in Larry Hartsell's Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association. Every class contains some weapons training from Kali, standup techniques, and grappling for the street. While there are several schools that claim to teach Jeet Kune Do in our area, what makes our school different is the blending of the different arts and the transitions from range to range and from art to art. JKD is more than Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Elements from Wing Chun, Kali, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Dumog, joint locking, sweeps, Filipino boxing and kicking, and others are blended together. The student is taught to feel, not think. The methodology of training prepares the student for the reality of a street encounter. One of our mottos is, "Learn in days not years."