What is Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do?
Jeet Kune Do is now perceived as a brand of martial arts, and yes, in some cases even a ‘style.’ “Jeet Kune Do” has become a generic term that is now broad and very non-specific. The name now implies different things to different people.
I made the decision to refer to what I practice and teach as "Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do" (not "Chris Kent's Jeet Kune Do") based upon my understanding of what I believe JKD truly is – an art, a science, and a philosophy. The name reflects a process of my own individual development and growth in JKD over 46 years as well as my personal interpretation of the art. As I wrote in my blog, 'A Matter of Interpretation' – “When it comes to teaching Jeet Kune Do, individual interpretation is all that any JKD instructor can really offer. Their personal interpretation of the art will be based upon such things as their learning, their research, their understanding, their own inclinations, their prejudices, and perhaps even their likes and dislikes as well.”
What I teach is my program, not anyone else’s. The curriculum is built upon what I believe a person needs to know and understand regarding JKD, and in order for someone to teach JKD the way I feel the art should be perpetuated. I don't teach separated curriculum from each of Bruce’s various schools during different stages of his personal development. I also refuse to pigeon-hole myself and what I do into either the “Original JKD” or “JKD Concepts” camps, or any JKD faction for that matter.
(For more detailed information concerning what JKD is visit the "Jeet Kune Do" page in this section)