"The individual is of first importance, not the system. Remember that man created method and not that method created man, and do not strain yourself in twisting into someone’s preconceived pattern, which would unquestionably be appropriate for him, but not for you.”

"Man, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system."

"If you are talking about fighting -- as it is, with no rules -- well, then, baby, you had better train every part of your body."

"Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being caged in it. Obey the principle without being bound by it."


"The highest technique is to have no technique. My technique is a result of your technique; my movement is a result of your movement."

"A good JKD man does not oppose force or give way completely. He is pliable as a spring; he is the complement and not the opposition to his opponent’s strength. He has no technique; he makes his opponent's technique his technique. He has no design; he makes opportunity his design."

"One should not respond to circumstance with artificial and "wooden" prearrangement. Your action should be like the immediacy of a shadow adapting to its moving object. Your task is simply to complete the other half of the oneness spontaneously."

"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being "wholly" and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come."


Jeet Kune Do's first concern is about its experience, and not its modes of expression.



Jeet Kune Do is a step-by-step project, and each maneuver must be repeated many times.