(Originally posted in Facebook in 2011) Ted Wong stated that, according to Bruce Lee, the highest quality that any martial artist can possess is adaptability; to be able to adapt to any opponent and any situation. When it comes to any combative situation, there are numerous variables that you do not get to dictate. These variables include such things as: • The size, weight, and body-type of the opponent -- tall and long-limbed, short and stocky, heavy, skinny, etc. • T
The following is a blog I originally wrote in December, 2011. In the book I co-authored with Tim Tackett “Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do -- The Textbook” which was originally published in 1988, and then re-published in 2008 and re-titled, Jeet Kune Do -- The Textbook,” we wrote that in JKD one should have the ability to flow from one martial art to another, and then listed several photographic sequences as examples, such as flowing from a JKD hook kick to a Thai elbow to a Silat sweep
This is a reposting of a blog I wrote for Facebook in 2012. Imagine this nightmare scenario. You take your car to a mechanic for a maintenance and tune-up. When you go back several hours late to pick up the vehicle, you cannot find it anywhere. When you ask the mechanic where it is, he points to a collection of various pieces spread all over the garage floor and tells, “It’s right there, man.” He’s right, your car is there, but it’s no longer what it was designed to be, a si
Take two individuals who are both learning to play the guitar. Person A takes a lesson once a week, and does nothing with the guitar the rest of the time. Person B takes a lesson, and then also spends 10-15 minutes everyday playing around on the guitar, going over what they learned in the lesson and experimenting on their own. Now putting aside individual differences, which person do you think is going to make better progress and develop their guitar-playing skills faster?
Numerous blogs and articles have been appearing recently concerning JKD, Bruce Lee, and the practice of forms. Most of them have dealt with the practice of a form known as the “Ung Moon Form” (which I wrote a short blog about awhile ago). I thought it might be helpful to post a copy of one of Sifu Dan Inosanto’s articles from a column he wrote for Inside Kung Fu magazine some time ago. In it he discusses not only Bruce’s attitude toward forms, but also his own attitude towar
Originally published in July 2015 Okay, I know for certain that this blog is going to upset a number of people (so what else is new, right?), but here goes -- Is “classicalization” threatening to take hold in JKD? Is there a new “classical mess” in the making? It seems to me that for the past number of years there has been a sort of movement underway, the goal of which appears to be, for wont of a better term, to “re-classicalize” Jeet Kune Do. What do I mean by this? For a
The following is a re-post of a blog I wrote back in 2010. I recently had a conversation the other with a very nice gentleman who informed me that he currently practiced two systems of martial arts and was thinking about adding Jeet Kune Do, and wanted to know what I thought about the idea. I told him that my frame of thinking was probably very different from his (and a vast majority of other people it seems) with regard to what JKD was all about. That is the theme of this po
Here is a re-post of a blog I wrote back in December, 2011. “Breakfast of Champions” We know that breakfast is considered one of, if not the most important meals of the day. It helps you get a new day started after a night’s rest. In the same way that what you put into your body is important, what you feed or put into your mind at the start of each day is equally important. Beginning your day by feeding your mind positive, ideas, etc. can go a long way in helping you deal wit