Personal Development Specialist
A Shining Beacon
of Light for
Jeet Kune Do
Chris has been deeply immersed in Bruce Lee's martial art and philosophy for five decades and is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost authorities on Jeet Kune Do.
He has gained international recognition for his knowledge, leadership, and contributions in perpetuating the art, training methods, and philosophy developed by Lee, and is regarded as one of the few individuals in the world having total comprehension of all facets of Lee's martial art and philosophy including what is referred to as the “styless-style.”
Chris’ friendship and affiliation with Lee's family, personal assistants, students, and friends allows him to hold a unique position in the JKD world.
While holding true to the original spirt and vision with which Bruce Lee developed Jeet Kune Do, his extensive research into the foundations of the art from a technical, philosophical, and spiritual perspective, as well as educating himself in the fields of exercise physiology, kinesiology, and human performance gives him a perspective no one else possesses and has earned him the position of being one of the most sought-after instructors of the art.
A Direct Pipeline
to Bruce Lee's Art and Philosophy
A Teacher Par Excellence
Possessing an exuberant teaching style as well as an uncanny ability to transfer knowledge to students and teachers alike, Chris is recognized as one of the best instructors in the world and has been referred to as “very-damn-special” at what he does.
Chris asserts that his teaching skills and knowledge have been honed and enhanced through his continual research and study in not only martial arts, but also in various fields of education and learning such as neuroscience, psychology, coaching, and communication.
Transcending the customary straightforward role normally associated with a teacher or instructor, working as a teaching consultant/training advisor, Chris shares his knowledge and lifetime of experience to help others tap into and achieve their true potential.
Recognized for his knowledge and expertise and known as a "teacher of teachers," Chris has worked in a consultant capacity and collaborated with numerous JKD instructors and schools, assisting them with regard to such things as training protocols, teaching methodology, and training curriculum design.
A Trusted Guide
and Mentor to Students and Instructors Around the World
A Voice of
Jeet Kune Do
A passion and desire to share authentic knowledge and insights regarding Jeet Kune Do with the public fuels Chris’ drive as a writer and author. Chris authored/co-authored four of the highest rated books on the art of Jeet Kune Do. In addition, he has both written for and appeared in countless martial art publications both nationally and internationally, including Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Arts Masters, Budo International, Combat, Martial Arts Illustrated, and Bruce Lee Mania.
Seeking to share his knowledge in all forms of media, Chris wrote and produced three series of training DVDs which remain the standard of the industry.
Chris is not only one of the world’s foremost authorities and experts on Bruce Lee's martial art training process, but also on his philosophy of self- actualization and personal liberation. Chris considers himself a “liberation catalyst” whose mission is to help people achieve liberation of body, mind, and spirit.
As a consultant and personal development specialist, Chris has condensed all his research and experience into highly effective, individualized and group coaching/training programs that have helped countless individuals from all walks of life free themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally so that they can actualize their true potential and live a rich and rewarding life.
A Champion for Personal Development
An Inspiring and Effective Communicator
Whether he is in front of five people or a large corporate assemblage, martial artists or business professionals, Chris’ blend of candor, humor and originality combined his knowledge and insight earn him numerous speaking opportunities.
Chris has been a featured guest speaker on radio talk programs, podcasts, and at public events, discussing not only Bruce Lee and his art and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, but also how the much broader application of the principles can enhance an individual's personal and professional life. Most recently he was a featured speaker at TEDx Youngstown “Life Happens” event on March 10th, 2023, in Ohio.
“For over four decades, Chris Kent has immersed himself in the martial arts education founded by my late husband, Bruce Lee. In addition to being highly skilled in the technical aspects of Jeet Kune Do, Chris is an excellent teacher and has a firm grasp of martial arts philosophy and its practical application."
Linda Lee Cadwell
Bruce Lee's widow
1975: Awarded Basic Instructor Diploma in Cabales/Serrada System of Escrima from Angel Cabales.
1976: Awarded Escrimador Certificate in Bahala Na Escrima (Grandmaster Leo Giron) by Sifu/Guro Inosanto (certified by Grandmaster Giron).
1982: Awarded Full Instructor Certificates in The Jun Fan Martial Arts and The Filipino Martial Arts by Sifu/Guro Inosanto.
1988: Awarded Silver Glove (Technical) and Bronze Glove (Competition) in Boxe Francaise - Savate by the Federation Francaise de Boxe Francaise - Savate.
1989: Awarded "Moniteur" Degree (Teaching Credential) in Boxe Francaise - Savate by the Federation Francaise de Boxe Francaise - Savate.
Author of The Jeet Kune Do Guide to Equipment Training.
Co-author of Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing" and "Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do - The Textbook.
Author of The Encyclopedia Of Jeet Kune Do - From A to Z.
(originally published as "Jeet Kune Do From A to Z" (Vols. 1 & 2)
Both written for and appeared in countless martial art publications both nationally and internationally including Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Art Masters, Budo International, Combat, and Martial Arts Illustrated.
Author of LIBERATE YOURSELF - How To Think Like Bruce Lee
and accompanying workbook, which detail how individuals can apply the philosophical tenets of self-actualization utilized by Bruce Lee to their own lives.
Wrote and produced "Dynamic JKD - The Way of the Intercepting Fist" video/dvd training series.
Wrote and produced "Jeet Kune Do From A to Z" video/dvd training series.
Wrote and produced "Jeet Kune Do Masterclass" dvd training series.
Wrote and produced "Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do" phone app.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Co-founded and for 5 years served as a Board of Directors member of "The Bruce Lee Educational Foundation" (Now the Bruce Lee Foundation).
Served as a professional training consultant to members of the Hollywood entertainment indutry such as "Miami Vice" creator/producer Anthony Yerkovich, "Pink Panther" film director/producer Blake Edwards, and the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno.
Voiceover for Bruce Lee's war cries and yells in Lee's film "Game of Death." (1978 version and 2021 redux version.
Worked as a training consultant to professional sports teams including the San Francisco 49er's.
Extensively involved in the field of executive security for the entertainment industry, including such events as The Golden Globe Awards and American Film Institute Special Tributes.
For three years served as Director of Security for Santa Monica's famed "Buffalo Club," an exclusive private supper club catering to high-profile members of Hollywood's entertainment industry.
Created S.A.V.E. (Safety Against Violence Education),a personal safety awareness training program which teaches personal safety and self-protection skills to women and children as well as businesses and corporations.