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JKD BOOKS & MATERIALS

Designed for any martial artist practitioner who, regardless of style, is seriously interested in developing and improving their combative skills,  Kune Do Guide to Equipment Training offers comprehensive and cohesive training information that will help you maximize your combat skills and achieve your full potential as a martial artist and fighter. Detailed and progressive instruction on how to use the heavy bag, focus mitts, Thai, pads, forearm pad, kicking shield, double-end bag, wall bag, paper target, wooden dummy (Mook Jong), as well as training with protective body equipment makes this book one of the most important sources of information about the proper use of equipment training ever written.

 

Over 370 pages with close to 2000 photographs that

illustrate hundreds of drills and methods to develop one's attack, counterattack, and defensive skills, as well as develop such facets of fighting as correct distance, proper timing, a sense of rhythm, enhanced awareness, etc., plus additional chapters detailing how you can achieve personal martial excellence. 

The Encylopedia of Jeet Kune Do is designed to serve as a resource guide, not only for the person training in JKD, but for any martial artist sincerely interested in enhancing his or her performance and achieving one’s full potential.  The goal is help you improve your understanding and working knowledge of the art, science, and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee's martial art that revolutionized the industry. The Encyclopedia of Jeet Kune Do has 360 pages filled with photographs that cover every aspect of the art such as footwork and mobility, combative tools, the various ways of attack, counterattack, and defense, essential qualities such as timing, distance, and rhythm, and more.

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Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do -- The TEXTBOOK shows the overall picture of Jeet Kune Do as a method of self-discovery. Many books have been written about the techniques of martial arts which deal with the basic tools of combat, such as punching, kicking and blocking. This "how to" approach is not enough to create a successful fighter. 

The purpose of "Jeet Kune Do -- THE TEXTBOOK" is to explore the qualities and combative motions that make the tools work. Authors Chris Kent and Tim Tackett, world-renowned fJeet Kune Do instructors, lead you on a journey that will expose to the reader the various aspects of "the way of the intercepting fist" and allow them to see the overall picture.

Co-authored with fellow JKD instructor, Tim Tackett, Chris' first book, Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing covers in detail the kickboxing element of Bruce Lee's martial art. Included are chapters covering hand and foot tool development, the five ways of attack, counterattack and defense, kickboxing training drills, and more.

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Praise for Chris' Martial Art Books

"You’ve unraveled the blinding fast motions of Bruce Lee’s mind-boggling, super-human explosions, and given to us simple mortal beings the ability and comprehension to go through the motions of succeeding in our aim for perfection, by opening our minds to understand the message that my friend, my teacher, gave his best to enlighten us."

Taky Kimura

Bruce Lee's senior-most student and closest friend

More Praise for Chris' Martial Art Books

"Sifu Chris Kent’s "Jeet Kune Do Guide to Equipment Training" is an explorative guide to discovering martial potential and honest self-expression through the usage of specialized equipment.  Meticulously detailed with methods and routines that target enhancement of body mechanics, timing, angles, and distance through the usage of focus mitts, heavy bags, wall bags, double-end-bags, paper targets, wooden dummy, and training with protective equipment.

Kent masterfully illustrates how to utilize equipment training to sharpen your tools by practicing in a way that mimics the spontaneity and dynamics of real combat, ensuring readers learn to adapt and respond fluidly to opponents. 

Beyond the physical drills and equipment usage, the book delves into the mental and philosophical principles of martial arts training. Kent discusses the importance of self-awareness and emotional content in training, encouraging martial artists to become explorers of their own experiences. This exploration is not just about learning and adapting, but also about growth and creative expression within the martial art.

The guide transcends being a mere instruction manual; it challenges the reader to consider who they are in the context of their training. It is about discovering and defining oneself through the rigorous, yet artistic endeavor of martial arts. Kent’s integrative approach ensures that this book is not only about becoming a better fighter but a complete martial artist.

For anyone involved in Jeet Kune Do or any martial arts, this book is an invaluable addition to their library. Its detailed guidance on equipment use, combined with the deeper exploration of martial philosophy, offers both novices and experienced martial artists a comprehensive resource for personal and technical development.  Sifu Chris Kent's work is not just educational but inspirational, making "Jeet Kune Do Guide to Equipment Training" a cornerstone for anyone serious about their martial arts journey."

Harder Singh Sabharwal

World-Class Martial Art Instructor, High Performance Coach, Speaker, Author

"Sifu Chris Kent is one of the most knowledgeable and accomplished Jeet Kune Do instructors in the world. Sifu Kent is one of those rare fighters who can also teach the art. His books are highly organized, easy to understand, and contain tons of very valuable information. I cannot give them or Sifu Kent a higher recommendation."

Burton Richardson

Noted JKD and Filipino Martial Arts Teacher, Author

"Chris Kent is an outstanding author and I highly recommend all of the books he's written. As one of the leading authorities on Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Art and Science of Jeet Kune Do, Chris Kent is both organized and proficient in his teaching approach. His books have contributed to my personal development in Jeet Kune Do."

Kevin Seaman

Noted JKD instructor, Muay Thai coach, Author

"Sifu Chris Kent is a foremost authority on Bruce Lee's art and philosophy. His teaching is also of the highest quality and I'd highly recommend that all martial artists purchase his books as the information contained within them is worth it's weight in gold." 

James Turner 

Champion Kickboxer, UK

"In my humble opinion and after having researched and trained with many first and second generation students of the late Sijo Bruce Lee, Sifu Chris Kent is one of the few remaining JKD instructors that has remained constant and dedicated to perpetrate the evolved concepts of JKD. I recommend any of his books and particularly "The Encyclopedia of JKD from A to Z". Within a few pages, you will quickly realize and appreciate his organized, methodical and scientific-based approach based on core fundamentals and foundational attributes. A must have book in my opinion."

Jean-Claude Beneventi

 

 

 

"I have your books...great source material to get a perspective of the art and philosophy of JKD. Very clear and easy to follow photos, great explanations of the movements, their purpose and the why of things. I revert to them a lot!!! Anyone looking for books you will come back to time and time again, then these are those books, highly recommended, they belong in any Martial artists library, regardless of style."

Carlos A. Gonzalez

“Being a student of JKD and also being an instructor keeping the art alive i always like to research both technical and inspirational books. I managed to get hold of a copy of "The Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Text Book" and also "Liberate Yourself" by Sifu Chris Kent. Both of these books continue to provide me with insight and inspiration. If anyone hasn’t got any of the books I advise you to do so.”

Rob Jarvis

 

“Like most I grew up on Bruce Lee films, trained in martial arts since I was 12 and finally settled on JKD. Having read most of the JKD books out there I personally find Sifu Chris Kent's books the missing link between practicing and understanding. Read, meet and train......my own recommendations for understanding more about a core Sifu within JKD.”

Liam Lucking MI-JKD

"Encyclopedia Of Jeet Kune Do to me is the Bible of the art. Even more so than the Tao Of JKD because it covers the art from A to Z and all of the nuances of the art that aren't taught or spoken about on a mass scale."

Greg Cummings

 

 

"I have Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing and The Textbook and find them to be an invaluable reference tool for anyone in training and for helping a beginner or anybody grasp and understand Jeet Kune Do concepts. Tons of drills and great information. Enough to keep you busy for a very long time."

Jim Novak

 

“The books on Jeet Kune Do by Christopher Kent are a necessary addition to a martial arts library. They are thorough, well written, simple, easy to learn and well structured. Both beginners and advanced practitioners will find great information in these books. Any martial arts library is virtually incomplete without any of the Jeet Kune Do books by Christopher Kent.”

Juan-Carlos Shannon Melendez

Some of the Publications Chris' Articles Have Appeared In

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