The Art & Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do
With the style Wing Chun at the core of his system, Bruce Lee incorporated a modification of various techniques from Northern Praying Mantis, Southern Praying Mantis, Choy Li Fut, Eagle Claw, Western Boxing, Wrestling, Fencing, Judo, Jiu Jitsu and some of the more refined kicks of the Northern and Southern Chinese styles. Innovative and radically ahead of his time in his training and teaching methodology, Bruce Lee developed a martial arts system and fighting strategy, Jeet Kune Do – JKD, that over time has lost none of its effectiveness.
Students are taught to move with ease and confidence through the different ranges of combat from long-distance kicking range, to middle-distance hand range, to close-quarter trapping and grappling range.
JKD affords the practitioner a means by which to effectively pursue the most direct line of attack. Once an attack has been launched there are no breaks or interruptions. The movements are crisp and efficient, utilizing the most direct lines and angles. As one technique nears completion it starts to blend into the next and so forth; one continuous flowing motion until the conflict is resolved.
Students are able to enhance their natural attributes such as coordination, timing, speed, endurance, strength and agility, using the innovative teaching and training methods developed by Bruce Lee and preserved and taught today by his protege, student, and training partner, Dan Inosanto.
Trapping can be best described as positioning oneself to immobilize an opponents arms; not necessarily grappling. Trapping is a method of closing the gap by entering from the kicking range to either remain in hitting range or entering into grappling.
Kicking is taught as a basic foundation to build the students ability to function in the ranges of empty hand combat. It covers various methods of kickboxing and striking, both of which are influenced by different arts such as Wing Chun, Western Boxing, Thai Boxing, and Savate to name a few.
Often neglected, to the detriment of a fighters all-round functional ability, grappling is based on the influence of many arts including Dumog, Jujitsu, Judo, Silat, Catch – as Catch Wrestling, Shoot Fighting, and so forth. Techniques include standing locks, takedowns, ground fighting, counters, and more.