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An Oasis of Self-Discovery

Kent Institute of Martial Art is the only martial art  facility in the Treasure Valley offering authentic, certified instruction in JEET KUNE DO, the dynamic martial art training process developed by  BRUCE LEE. An encyclopedic knowledge built upon five decades of experience allows Chris to offer students what he refers to as the "Jeet Kune Do Experience." 

The Kent Institute is not just a "training gym" or "workout studio," but a learning center dedicated to professional and high-quality martial art training. At the Kent Institute of Martial Art we view each student as an individual with their own talents, abilities, goals, and desires. 


The Kent Institute of Martial Art serves as an oasis of self-discovery, an environment where the students become motivated to actively and enthusiastically participate in their own development and do so to the best of their ability. Our goal isn't merely to instruct -- we work to inspire students to think for themselves and cultivate the tools and skills they need to become well-rounded, liberated, creative martial artists. 

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and work in all sorts of professions, and each has their own reason for training. But they all have one thing in common; they're interested in exploring the potential of both their body and mind, developing greater self-knowledge, and enriching their life. We are here to serve those people.

We believe the goal of a true martial artist should be to fully actualize his or her potential as a human being – not simply physical potential, but intellectual and spiritual development as well.

At Kent Institute of Martial Art what truly matters
is the experience of the individual

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With five decades of experience in both Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali/Escrima, CHRIS KENT is internationally recognized as a teacher, professional consultant, author and public speaker, and considered by many to be one of the most knowledgeable instructors of Jeet Kune Do in the world. 

(For more information see "About Chris Kent" page)


Group Training -- At the Kent Institute, our training program is designed around "quality" rather than "quantity" of students. We offer our students a rational, well thought-out, dynamic program of "TOTAL" martial art training designed to develop every facet of their combative arsenal and  cultivate the ability to synthesize all the various components into a single, useful martial art . Our progressive training process will allow students to express themselves efficiently and effectively in any type of combative situation.

Private Training -- One-on-one private training sessions are designed to serve the needs of busy people with hectic schedules, who either do not have the time to devote to training several hours per week in a group class environment, or prefer not to.

Private training allows a person of any gender or level of physical condition to explore the potentials of their body and mind in a safe, professional, non-competitive environment that is free from external distractions.  Personalized private training programs are specifically designed to fit the student’s fitness and technical level, as well as their desires, goals, etc.


Jeet Kune Do can function as an incredibly interesting and challenging form of exercise and activity, because it provides an intellectual element along with the physical. The benefits of training on a regular and consistent basis affect all areas of your living and can help you to live a more effective and productive life. Training offers host of ancillary benefits such as:


  • Becoming more physically fit

  • Being healthier

  • Becoming more self-confident

  • Feeling less depression and anxiety

  • Developing a readiness for challenge

  • Heightened awareness

  • Being able to learn to use your body in a coordinated manner whereas before you may not have thought you had that potential

  • Cultivating the ability to express yourself through physical movement


From a self-defense standpoint Jeet Kune Do offers you practical solutions to “real-world” problems. JKD has tremendous potential for helping people develop the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully, without resorting to violence. One of the goals of our program is to give people the physical training that engenders confidence not to react to conflicts in a confrontational manner, but instead seek to resolve the situation peacefully. With physical skills as a base, students develop the confidence to use psychological and sociological self-defense skills that enable them to deal with the challenges they face. Students learn not only how to control their own impulses, but the other person’s impulses as well. This gives them the power and confidence to convince the other person that it’s not a good idea to fight. This is what we refer to in JKD as using the “art of fighting without fighting.”

However, if they don’t have a choice, and they cannot stop a physical confrontation between themselves and another person, then they have self-defense skills that they can use to protect themselves. This gives them an advantage that untrained people do not have, and allows them to function from a position of strength and confidence as opposed to fear and weakness.

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Self-Defense for the Street

In Jeet Kune Do, the emphasis is on self-defense, with the understanding that you have to be ready for any situation you find yourself in, and able to defend yourself against any kind of attack. The art of Jeet Kune Do is built upon the idea of self-defense – not sport. Any time you turn a martial art into a sport you will create weaknesses in it. In combative sports (such as competitive MMA) you have specific rules and regulations, and many functional fighting concepts and techniques such as attacks to the eyes, throat, groin – kicking to the knee or groin, etc. are disallowed. However, on the street, an attacker will not be limited by any rules of combat or by following any code of societal conduct. Their primary goal is to hurt you and/or subjugate you to their will.

One of the primary goals of Jeet Kune Do is to develop your ability to protect yourself (or loved ones) against an attacker who is attempting to really hurt you; to end the situation as quickly and effectively as possible and get away. And this means applying the most effective weapons or techniques as soon as possible to the most vulnerable point on the attacker. Everything a student learns has immediate self-defense application.

At  the Kent Institute of Martial art we offer:​

  • "Total" Martial Art training covering all aspects

  • Street-effective martial art training

  • Student-friendly training environment

  • Modern, up-to-date teaching and training methods

  • Improvement in physical fitness, self-control and self-confidence.

  • Development of self-discipline.

  • Day, Evening and Weekend instruction

  • Plenty of free parking available (in front/behind school and on side streets)

Read what students have to say about training at the Kent Institute:

"World-class instruction, fantastic training partners and a welcoming learning environment. Chris Kent's Jeet Kune Do is an investment in one's self. The best investment I'ver ever made."

Bo Wahl


“The way you can explain a concept 4+different ways so everyone can understand it, then challenge us physically and mentally with our safety being paramount, you set the bar high, I never did find another class as I moved throughout the west that was even close to the quality of instruction I received from you. This was truly a highlight of my life.”

Robb Jones
Member of the first CKJKD class in Boise 


"CKJKD is a great place to train. Family environment and non-pretentious. World-class instruction and continual learning; no matter how long you have trained."

Ann Wilson


“There are many places to train martial arts out there, but if you’re looking to training in an environment that's authentic and genuine, then look no further than Chris Kent JKD. Sifu Chris will bring out the best in your abilities, whether you are a novice practitioner or an experienced martial artist.  All curriculum is clear, specific, focused, direct and to the point. Sifu Chris’s depth of knowledge and understanding is clear from the moment you step foot in the studio. His patience and willingness to teach are unparalleled in my opinion.
Andy Tapella

“Sifu Chris Kent is without doubt one of the best instructors that have ever had the privilege to train under. His expertise in JKD/Kali is second to none. The Chris Kent Institute is a fun, energetic, and very welcoming place to train.”
Jerry Edwards

“Chris Kent JKD is an experience. Here you have the opportunity to not only be a part of Bruce Lee’s legacy, but to be a part of something dynamic and bigger than yourself.  Classes are relatively small and feel more like family gatherings. I encourage anyone with a love of martial arts to come visit regardless of martial art knowledge or fitness level.”
Israel Ayola

“I have been training with Sifu Chris Kent for over 21 years and have become part of his instructor staff. I say that because not only have I learned so much from him as a martial artist, but I have also learned so much about how to teach martial arts! Sifu Kent is known in the martial arts, specifically the JKD? Kali community both nationally and internationally as one of the top guys, leaders and instructors in the world! He has become, as his teacher/mentor Sifu Dan Inosanto is, a “master teacher” himself!”
Joffrey Stone


“My husband and I have been training with Sifu Chris Kent for a couple of years now. Sifu Chris is patient, warm and non-intimidating, with a backgraound that is second to none. He treats all of his students like family. In each class, he creates an open environment with instruction that is safe, clear, down-to-earth and practical. He is a gem in the gem state.
Christelle and Jim Lyman


“I started my path in Jeet Kune Do and Kali in 2001. Sifu Kent taught and guided me to discover my potential as a person through Jeet Kune Do. Twenty years later I’m still Blasting and Learning JKD!”
Rizalde Baylon

“Sifu Chris Kent is without doubt one of the best instructors that have ever had the privilege to train under. His expertise in JKD/Kali is second to none. The Chris Kent Institute is a fun, energetic, and very welcoming place to train.”
Jerry Edwards

“Chris Kent JKD is an experience. Here you have the opportunity to not only be a part of Bruce Lee’s legacy, but to be a part of something dynamic and bigger than yourself.  Classes are relatively small and feel more like family gatherings. I encourage anyone with a love of martial arts to come visit regardless of martial art knowledge or fitness level.”
Israel Ayola

“My wife, Gena, and I moved to Boise in 2018. I had searched for a Shotokan Karate dojo where I could continue training. There were none available so I expanded my search for other arts. That’s when I discovered Chris Kent’s Jeet Kune Do, and our lives literally changed. Always a big fan of Bruce Lee, I learned that JKD is much more than just another martial art style. In fact, it’s not a style at all, but the philosophy and science of expressing oneself in combative form. Gena joined with me and it has been the best experience of our lives. Sifu Chris is not simply an instructor. He is a coach and a mentor. His ability to read his students and then teach each one of them according to how they best learn is like having a private lesson each time we go to class. Over the last three years we have been learning under Sifu Chris we have discovered the potential we have as individuals, and have witnessed the leaps and strides we have made in our personal growth. Jeet Kune Do is not simply a martial art, but a lifestyle. It transcends into every area of life. Sifu Chris has been studying and teaching JKD for almost fifty years, and Genas and I feel so blessed to be his students.”Michael Muehle

Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do Training Center -- Kent Institue of Martial Arts

Kent Institute of Martial Art

3015 W. State Street

Boise, Idaho 83703

Phone: 208.629.6900


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