Personal Development Specialist
Chris Kent has been deeply immersed in Bruce Lee's martial art and philosophy for over 47 years, and is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost authorities on Jeet Kune Do. Recognized as a master teacher, he has gained international recognition for his knowledge and leadership 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.
In 1973, Chris became the youngest and final member admitted into Dan Inosanto's now fabled "Backyard JKD" group during Bruce Lee's lifetime. He studied with and assisted Inosanto for over 13 years, mastering his skills and traveling extensively both nationally and internationally while serving as Inosanto's personal assistant for seminars and public exhibitions. In 1982, Chris became one of the first students to be awarded the prestigious title of Full Instructor under Inosanto. He also appears in many of Dan Inosanto's books on JKD including "Jeet Kune Do - The Art and Philosophy of Bruce Lee."
Chris Kent is uniquely suited to the task of relating the martial philosophy of Bruce Lee. His friendship and affiliation with Lee's family, personal assistants, students, and friends gives him a unique perspective concerning Jeet Kune Do. In the over four decades that he has been intimately involved in Jeet Kune Do, Chris has performed 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. His commitment to continuous development has made him one of the most sought after instructors of Jeet Kune Do and its applications.
In addition to his expertise in Jeet Kune Do, Chris is also a well-respected instructor in the Filipino martial arts known as Kali - Escrima - Arnis and holds the title of Full Instructor under Inosanto, as well as rankings in other martial arts (see below).
Teaching Consultant/Training Advisor
As a teaching consultant/training advisor, Chris shares his passion for Jeet Kune Do with other instructors, who, in turn, share the art and philosophy with their students.
Recognized for his knowledge and expertise, Chris works with numerous JKD instructors and schools -- advising and assisting them with regard to such things as training protocols, teaching methodology, and training curriculum design.
A "teacher of teachers," Chris' goal is to help develop instructors who are equally passionate about JKD, and who possess the ability to convey their knowledge to the highest degree through both movement and language.
(For more information concerning the program please go to the Consultant/ Advisor page)
An accomplished writer, Chris has authored/co-authored three of the highest rated books on the art of Jeet Kune Do, as well as written and produced three series of training videotapes and DVDs which remain the standard of the industry (see below).
Chris wrote and co-produced the world's first JKD App -- Chris Kent's Jeet Kune Do -- a comprehensive video library that walks individuals step-by- step through the dynamic martial art created and developed by the legendary Bruce Lee.
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.
His latest book, "LIBERATE YOURSELF! - How To Think Like Bruce Lee" and the companion workbook, "P.L.A.N. - Personal Liberation Action Notebook" share the philosophy, thought processes, and mental strategies Bruce Lee used to actualize his potential in all aspects of his life and detail how individuals can apply them to their own life.
Personal Development Specialist
As one of the pre-eminent torchbearers of Lee's martial legacy, Chris remains at the forefront in perpetuating not only the martial aspects of JeetKune Do, but also the much broader application of the philosophical materials into the fields of human endeavor and self-actualization.
In his role as a personal development specialist, Chris helps individuals seeking personal growth to achieve liberation of body, mind, and spirit so that they can actualize their true potential, achieve their goals, and live a rich and rewarding life.
(For more information please see the PERSONAL LIBERATION page in the MORE section)
Chris has been a featured guest speaker on numerous radio talk programs and at public events, discussing not only Bruce Lee and the evolution of his art of Jeet Kune Do, but also how the application of JKD principles can enhance an individual's personal and professional life.
Martial Arts Accomplishments include:
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).
1977: Received certificate for completion of 576 hours of training in Jeet Kune Do from Sifu Inosanto.
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.
Writing/Production Accomplishments include:
Co-author of "Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing."
Co-author of "Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do - The Textbook."
Author of "Jeet Kune Do From A to Z" (Vols. 1 & 2) -- Later combined as "The Encyclopedia Of Jeet Kune Do - From A to Z."
Author of "Jeet Kune Do Essentials" (Vols. 1-3) E-books
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, 'P.L.A.N - Personal Liberation Action Notebook' 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 include:
Featured in numerous martial art books including "Jeet Kune Do Conversations," "Jeet Kune Do - The Art and Philosophy of Bruce Lee" and "Filipino Fighting Arts - Theory and Practice."
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.
Worked as a training consultant to professional sports teams including the San Francisco 49er's.
Has been 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.
Personal Testimonials about Chris
“For 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
“Chris Kent is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Jeet Kune Do instructors in the world."
Bruce Lee's close friend and last private student
“Chris Kent is a descendant of the Bruce Lee legacy, and an instructor whom I consider to be an unquestionable disciple who will do his part to ensure that Bruce Lee's art will not become distorted and lost in the future."
Bruce Lee's senior-most student and closest friend
“Never content to blindly accept only one source of information on Jeet Kune Do, Chris Kent has spent decades researching the history, art, science and philosophy of Bruce Lee's art and studying under only the most qualified and authentic practitioners. His keen mind, coupled with his insightful and dedicated approach to training, have resulted in the cultivation of awesome physical skills, and made him one of the foremost authorities on Jeet Kune Do in the world."
World-renowned fitness authority and former Bruce Lee archivist and biographer
“Chris Kent has an encyclopedic knowledge of JKD. He has a superb grasp of the philosophy, training methods and techniques of JKD. His depth of understanding of how these elements integrate into something organic and alive for the individual is what makes him the best of the JKD instructors out there. Everyone should train with Chris if they really want to go deep into Bruce Lee's art of JKD."
Chief Instructor of the MI Association, JKD Full Instructor & Dan Inosanto's personal
teaching assistant for 6 years
“Chris Kent is an expert in martial arts and martial arts philosophy. He is a very talented instructor and is able to teach at all levels very effectively. His passion is to share his knowledge and lifetime experiences in the mind-body connection that leads to higher levels of well-being."
Principle at Strength Doctors
“I am a private student of Sifu Chris Kent. In my lifetime I have experienced dozens of teachers, trainers, professors and consultants. Few of these people measure up to Chris Kent's expertise, integrity and caring. The international martial arts community is extremely fortunate to call this man one of their own."
Ken Yahraes (MSW - retired)
“Bruce Lee's focus and dedication to the advancement of his art, both physically and philosophically, lives on undiminished in the work of my teacher, Chris Kent. His ability to clearly and practically communicate Lee's ideas stems from his extensive access to Bruce Lee's personal writings combined with his over four decade's long commitment to learning. His teaching has had a profound effect on my life."
Ann Marie Yost, MD
“I have had the pleasure to train with many great martial artists in a variety of arts over the years. I have to say Chris is truly one of the best in the world. Chris' knowledge of self-defense, Jeet Kune Do, Kali-Escrima and self-liberation are beyond great. Chris is an extremely effective and efficient instructor. If you are dedicated to self-defense and martial arts, you owe it to yourself to take the opportunity to train with Chris."
Chief of Police at Meridian Police Department
"To this day, I can honestly step back and credit you with helping me find my way. Not just in the cage or fighting in general, but throughout my life. I'm forever indebted to you and hope to make you proud by keeping the integrity you so often exhibited selflessly. Thank you Sifu"
Sonny Michaels (certified JKD instructor under C. Kent)
"Master Kent was my first JKD instructor, way back when he taught at Guru Dan's (Dan Inosnato). His knowledge and technique is World class. He is a true gentleman as well."
"Christopher Kent is second to none in both instruction and kindness. His understanding and passion of martial arts overall is unparalleled, and the opportunity to train with him should not be overlooked or second guessed. Christopher provides JKD in a unique way that has been lost over time and politics and sheds new light on the art and philosophy which Bruce Lee himself gave his heart and soul to."
A shining beacon in the world of JKD. Chris's life work and passion has been to develop his knowledge and impart that knowledge. A straight talking, no-nonsense inspiration. Thanks for your continued contribution.
"I highly recommend anyone to attend Sifu Chris Kent’s seminars, I’ve been every year for the last four years and I get so much from it, Sifu Chris as the knowledge and expertise like no other in JKD, he is a fantastic teacher, an amazing person in general, I could sit and listen to his stories all day long."
"A great teacher, a man of inquisitiveness and a desire for knowledge. Not only in martial arts, but also in life."
"Very excellent and skillful training, Chris is a very great instructor."
"Sifu Chris Kent is one of the Titans of authentic JKD & Filipino kali/Escrima! I highly recommend CKJKD for all your martial arts, self-protection & fitness needs."
Jason Marcos Velez
"As a student of Jeet Kune Do, I've had the good fortune to meet three of the very few people in the world who have the deepest knowledge of Bruce Lee's JKD. Chris Kent is one of those few… Chris is an AMAZING and engaging instructor with just the right balance of discipline, patience and humor that commands respect and admiration. Any martial artist or aspiring martial artist should digest his many materials -- and try to get a class with him even once in a lifetime."
Rich Klein (Professional photographer)