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"Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride."

“Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride…” Last year I took an online test from a book entitled “Strength Finders 2.0.” The book had been given to me by my good friend Greg Smith, a noted JKD instructor, friend, and top-level business professional, who suggested I read it and take the test, which would reveal my five top strengths. So I took the test. At the top of the list of my strengths was “Learner.” In the book it relates the following about “Learner” -- “You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process. The process, more than the content or result, is especiall

Generation X...or Y...or Z?

I wrote this blog awhile ago but I decided to repost it after receiving word that a particular JKD instructor asked someone who was certified as an instructor by someone else, "What are you under him for? Why don't you come under me? I'm a first generation guy." Here is the original blog: Someone wrote to me the other day concerning the idea of “lineage” in JKD, and questioning what “generation” they were. They told me that they assumed that they were one generation whereas someone from another faction told them they were another. My response to them was that it all depends on how a person defines what each generation is; how you break it down. The way some people look at it is that as Bruce

A Matter of Interpretation

Jeet Kune Do is a single art, but it expresses it self in many ways. Tim Tackett and I wrote about this subject in our book, “Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing.” When you are studying JKD with someone, do not make the mistake of thinking that because your instructor may teach you slightly differently than another instructor, that you are not learning, “authentic” Jeet Kune Do, or vice versa. My objective here is not to get into a discussion as to what might or might not be deemed “authentic” when it comes to Jeet Kune Do (It would merely open another can of worms in the already tumultuous JKD world and I have neither the time nor the inclination to waste my energy engaging in such debates). When it co

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