Jeet Kune Do came into existence after years of real-life fighting experiences made Bruce Lee aware of the ineffectiveness of traditionally rigid forms of other martial arts.
Despite concerns of others limiting his own art into one form, Bruce Lee eventually created the term Jeet Kune Do in 1967 for his martial way. The idea of intercepting is key to JKD, whether it be the interception of your opponent’s technique or intent. With the ideas of directness and non-classical form (the form of having no form), the basic principles behind JKD are:
- Economy of motion
- Longest weapon, nearest target
- Always think of hitting!
A style with no-style, Jeet Kune Do exists from two fundamentally exclusive contradictory thoughts:
- JKD is the established compendium of knowledge that Bruce Lee originally accumulated and taught. Therefore, it is static and cannot change.
- JKD is an evolving, living martial art flexible and inspiring to allow each person to adapt uniquely towards what works best for the individual.
The techniques and the philosophies of JKD apply to real life situations and real combat. Jeet Kune Do consists of physical techniques and applied philosophies and requires the practitioner to train him or herself to their most combat ready state so that when faced with a particular situation, the tools needed are readily available.
Sifu Jerry Poteet was one of Bruce Lee’s first students, privately trained at Bruce Lee’s home and in Chinatown, Los Angeles with an small elite group. To read more about Sifu Jerry Poteet and the lineage, please visit Jerry Poteet’s site.
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