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"Limitless in Nature ; Limitless by Design"

JEET KUNE DO

Over three decades before the advent of "Mixed Martial Arts," "reality-based" self defense programs, and the many hybrid "freestyle" methods that proliferate the martial art world today, Bruce Lee innovated a revolutionary martial art training process that advanced the principles of "totality" in martial art training, "realistic" and scientific training methods, and "complete freedom" for the individual practitioner. Lee named the cutting-edge training process he developed "Jeet Kune Do," which when translated means "The Way of the Intercepting Fist."

The fact of the matter is that there is no universally accepted definition of what "Jeet Kune Do" is. Some people define it as Bruce Lee's personal martial expression or Bruce Lee's martial art. Others refer to it as the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee. Some consider it merely a concept or an idea, while others view it as as a method of research and investigation.

 

To me, Jeet Kune Do is an art, a science, and a philosophy. Like the Yin/Yang which is the center of the JKD symbol, it's comprised of both  a physical component and a mental component. With regard to the physical component, the following is my personal definition of Jeet Kune Do, based upon my over four decades  of involvement with it:

"Jeet Kune Do is the direct application of  self-actualization to unarmed combat. It is a non-restrictive, principle-based training process to cultivate the ability to express the human body in combative form without any limitations or restrictions."

More an 'inter-disciplinary' art than a 'multi-disciplinary' art, Jeet Kune Do is  about cultivating your body as a 'martial instrument' and then expressing your instrument with total freedom and the highest degree of efficiency and effectiveness. It's a rational, well thought-out, dynamic process of "TOTAL" martial art training that is designed to develop every facet of the individual's combative arsenal and encompasses all elements of unarmed combat training.

You are not learning a martial art “style” or “system”, but rather how to use your body to the maximum through the application of scientific disciplines such as bio-mechanics physiology, physics, etc., and to express your own body efficiently and effectively in both movement and action.

 

 

However, Jeet Kune Do is much more than simply a devastating martial art or a method of fighting. The teachings of JKD have so much more to offer than merely a prism through which to view a street fight. It deals with individualism, self-expression, and learning to adapt oneself instantly and harmoniously to whatever obstacle might stand in your way: