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Fundamental Misperceptions Concerning Jeet Kune Do

Numerous misperceptions exist today with regard to the art and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do. The following are nine of what I consider to be the most fundamental misperceptions. As you read this article you will obviously note some crossover between some of them, which is to be expected. 1) JKD was simply Bruce Lee’s “very personal expression in martial art” therefore only he could do it Some people claim that JKD was Bruce Lee’s “very personal expression of martial arts” and therefore no one else can really do it. This is false. The fact is that Bruce did believe other people could learn and do JKD. If he didn’t, why did he teach it, both to his private students and also in group classes a

Jeet Kune Do -- A 'Global' Art

Some people have labeled Jeet Kune Do as a ‘Chinese’ martial art. Others have called it an ‘American’ martial art. Personally I believe it is a mistake to label it as either. It is not a ‘Chinese’ art, nor is it an ‘American’ art. It is neither Eastern nor Western (although there are principles and elements from both cultures in its make-up). To me, it is an international art, or better yet, a ‘global’ art. For example, when it comes to philosophy, from the Chinese and Asian mindset Bruce Lee absorbed philosophical principles of Taoism, such as the oneness of all things (symbolized by the Yin/Yang) as well as the philosophical precepts of Wu Hsin (non-fixated mind) and Wu Wei (non-interferen

Cultivate Your Body Awareness

Look at Bruce Lee in action, be it in one of his films, television appearances, or during a martial art demonstration. Look at him prowl like a leopard stalking his prey. Look at him strike with the speed of a cobra whose bite is felt before it is seen. Look at him leaping eight feet in the air to kick out a light bulb. Look at the balance and body alignment, his movements full of grace and purpose. Look at his physical dexterity and technical mastery. There is something about the speed and power of course, but also the fluidity, ease, and quality of his combative movements. Adjectives and descriptions such as lightning fast, poetry on motion, deadly, balletic, catlike, and others have been

"Let's Build Bridges Instead of Barriers"

Bridges are built to allow people to get to places they otherwise could not reach due to some form of geographical impediment such as a mountain chasm, a river, or a body of water, etc. They allow people to travel other places, to transport things to another place and to bring things back. Bridges are designed to increase mobility and encourage growth or expansion. Barriers, on the other hand are (in the context of this blog) are built or erected to keep people out – to disallow people who do not think the same way or do not have the same belief system from reaching or entering a location. The people inside the barrier oftentimes feel that they are safe and secure from some exterior force. B

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