FAQs

PFC1: IS JEET JUNE DO A STYLE?

Yes, Jeet Kune Do is a style. It is the style of martial art created by Bruce Lee and is characterized by seeking effectiveness in combat. Seeing it, it can be identified from other styles. Jeet Kune Do is not a FREE interpretation that everyone does what they want, but it has its scientific basis to get the best out of each one and as a consequence, in a certain way it becomes a style.

In the same way that one cannot take a piece of paper and wrap the water inside it, the fight can never be put into a single system, especially by forcing it into a classical setting. … In Jeet Kune Do practice, there are no sets or forms, no classical technique methods, no laws etc., which constitute the fighting system. To go even further, Jeet Kune Do is a process, not a goal!

As a consequence, Bruce preached the importance of freeing ourselves from the ties of styles ... but at that time styles were excessively rigid and mentally very closed! Bruce created Jeet Kune Do for himself, even for his own work, he created a way of working the technique that biomechanically was different from any other way of working the fist or foot technique within the martial arts, and what else is It seemed like a mix of boxing and fencing.

And anyone who studied with him tried to adapt that "way of doing things" to their own body biomechanics, which could make them as effective as possible within their own limitations.

But Bruce dies. And over time, they begin to spread that that way of doing things does not really exist. What you have to do is find your own way of doing things by studying many and varied different arts etc. that Bruce Lee achieved that "way of doing things" does not mean that everyone does.

As Bruce Lee said: “I have named my style; Jeet Kune Do ”... after his death, Jeet Kune Do has become a style, not like a traditional style, but since we have two arms and two legs, the thing is to use them in the most effective way!

PFC2: DID JEET JUNE DO DIED WITH BRUCE LEE?

No, Jeet Kune Do did not die with Bruce Lee. During his life, Bruce Lee wrote and wrote down many things about his martial path, thousands of sheets, he taught many students, of which the one who has trained the most with him is Ted Wong. Together with his writings and with a good guide, the flame of Jeet Kune Do, the art of Bruce Lee, can be kept alive.

The fact of not doing things well and until the end, changing them for your comfort is an easy and sure way that is not the most EFFECTIVE. It's like studying medicine, but halfway through or sooner you start to create your own "TRUTHS" for healing - there is NO SHORT ROAD to becoming a doctor! When talking about SIMPLE and DIRECT I mean that I am not going to do three hits instead of one, where the first two make no sense. The reason for so much emphasis on that is the fact that an art is being MARKETED in the name of Bruce Lee, which it is not and the first and simplest reason to see it is simplicity.

PFC3: THE "EVOLUTION" OF THE JEET KUNE DO

The "evolution" is to improve, it is to refine what we have and to be more effective in combat. It does not mean that we should look for and add new things.

I don't know about you, but I'd be quite happy to have a skill somewhat like Bruce Lee's. So if we start to "evolve" his art without fully understanding or mastering it, it doesn't make sense, don't you think?

PFC4: THE FLOOR AND THE JEET KUNE DO

Jeet Kune Do is a martial art that is practiced standing, in the same way that there are styles that are practiced while on the ground. Even having said this in the practice of Jeet Kune Do one must experience the fight on the ground. Bruce Lee because of his physical characteristics was not interested in going to the ground, but he did have experience in it.

The subject of soil in JKD: It is not true that Bruce Lee just before his death began to be interested in soil. He already trained and exchanged ideas with people like Wally Jay or Gene LaBelle at the time of Seattle and Oakland (San Francisco) and logically he continued his ground training while in Los Angeles. Both Taky Kimura and Jesse Glover of the Seattle era were Judokas before starting with Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee, due to his size, had NO interest in reaching the ground, and I also think it would have been quite difficult to do so (taking into account his speed and power in his punches and kicks, and because of his mobility).

A complete fighter, as Bruce Lee wanted to be, HAD to know what he passes on the ground and how to get back up, as soon as possible. So I don't think he would be getting much more soil.

PFC5: JEET KUNE DO ISN'T FOR EVERYONE, WHY?

Jeet Kune Do is an inconspicuous martial art with few "techniques" per se to learn, but learning is slow and requires a lot from the instructor and student for results. And it is very easy to deviate from the path and start teaching / learning other things and adding them to the arsenal with different structures that do not fit.

Some reasons why Jeet Kune Do is not for everyone:

We are DIFFERENT, our biomechanics and coordination limit us. We have different INTERESTS, not everyone likes to practice martial arts. And if we learn martial arts, we do them for different REASONS: We do them for. . .


   - do sport
   - To be in good physical shape
   - lose weight
   - do "martial arts"
   - something mystical
   - tradition; belts, costumes and culture
   - Self Defense

Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's art) takes a lot of PATIENCE and perseverance to be mastered. It is not a matter of ACCUMULATING techniques, but learning the basics very well and knowing how to apply it Jeet Kune Do is a contact martial art and not everyone likes it It is not enough to be a "fighter", you also have to UNDERSTAND the philosophy Then for personal reasons of FAMILY, WORK and the PLACE where one lives, one cannot attend Jeet Kune Do classes

Bruce Lee said that no more than 1 in 10,000 will eventually do Jeet Kune Do. . .

PFC6: THE STYLES ON WHICH THE JEET KUNE DO IS BASED

Jeet Kune Do is based primarily on Western Fencing and Boxing (English) with a historical core of Wing Chun Gung Fu. Something that Bruce Lee made VERY clear, was that JKD is not a mixture of styles, but rather it is science in action and everything that is done has its why. Even though Bruce Lee observed different styles and took certain things out of them, he didn't mix styles. . . but as he himself says that since we only have 2 arms and 2 legs and we must find the best use for them. .. nothing else!!

In a fight with sticks or whatever you can use the principles of JKD, but that does NOT mean that Kali or Muay Thai or some other style had anything to do with JKD.

And forget that Jeet Kune Do is made up of 26 styles!

PFC7: THE KALI AND THE JEET KUNE DO

Jeet Kune Do training does not include weapons training. The style of eskrima called "kali" was created in the United States based on the Philippine martial arts and has nothing to do with Jeet Kune Do.

What little Bruce Lee knew about "kali" Dan Inosanto taught him - he said he didn't see it as effective or useful. This does not mean that eskrima is not effective, as this club knows very serious eskrimadores who take their art as a way of life. Simply kali or any other type of eskrima is part of Bruce Lee's art.

PFC8: WHAT IS THE JEET KUNE DO PHILOSOPHY?

Bruce Lee's philosophy is something that can be applied outside of martial arts training as well. Therefore it could be said that it is a way of life.

The core of his philosophy is SIMPLE, DIRECT and EFFECTIVE, in EVERYTHING you do and you seek your own experiences and use them to learn not to make the same mistakes again. Do not waste your time on things that do not serve you, because really time once gone, cannot be recovered. Seize the day!!

Another thing that is important is "BE WATER"; that you are able to adapt to things and situations, both in combat and in life itself. Non-classical, that is, not based on tradition. The idea is not to imitate, it is self-knowledge. Become your own instructor and student. Jeet Kune Do is the art of fighting without fighting, without having to seek confrontation, power that arises, without having to prove anything to anyone. Use not Way / Way / Truth as Way / Way / Truth. . . Having no limitation as limitation. "Jeet Kune Do favors non-form so that it can assume all forms. And since it has no style, Jeet Kune Do adapts to all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do uses all modes and does not it is limited by none, and similarly uses whatever technique or means serves its purpose. In this art, efficacy is something that 'marks'. "(The Tao of JKD, p. 24) Use no path as path, It does NOT mean that you can choose whatever it is (whatever you like the most) and call it Jeet Kune Do (your JKD), well NO. Bruce Lee's art has its principles and its basis both technical / physical, and philosophical. One rules the other and the other rules the other, the two forming the COMPLETE ONE that we call Jeet Kune Do. Styles limit, therefore styles are not used to learn JKD! “… If you always put limits on what you do, physical or of any kind, that will infect the rest of your life. It will infect your work, your morals and your being. There are no limits, they are only mirages, but you cannot stay there, but go further. If that kills you, it kills you! " Express yourself honestly - that, my friend, is very difficult to do! Not really fooling yourself. True refinement seeks simplicity…. And halfway there is the ornamentation. It is much easier to decorate things, than to work them until you master them!

-Change with change, it is a state without change! You never have to stop training, once you do it you stop progressing and that makes you stagnate and change does not occur. In Jeet Kune Do there are scientific principles that do not change, since the techniques are based on physical laws. And this is what makes it scientific.

Knowing is not enough, you have to apply! Wanting is not enough, you have to do!

It is not enough to simply copy the phrases of Bruce Lee, but something that is exaggeratedly complicated is knowing the circumstances in which those words were said and thus we understand the "real" meaning of those words.

PFC9: WHY DO JKD PRACTITIONERS DIFFER SO MUCH FROM EACH OTHER?

When you want to learn boxing in a school, the teaching is not too different from others except in small nuances, why is it not the same in JKD? Why do practitioners of the same arts differ so much that they seem to be learning different things?

Each person who learned with Bruce Lee teaches what he learned in his day and remembers today.

We can put Bruce Lee's students in 4 different categories: first the 3 schools from different times: Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles, and finally his private students.

Of course, students who have not learned JKD directly from the source or their students have it difficult. In our club we practice JKD as taught by Bruce Lee's student with the most private lessons, Ted Wong. We have been very lucky to train with him in open and private courses.

PFC10: COULD SOMEONE WITHOUT ANY KIND OF BASE LEARN JKD WITH THE ONLY GUIDE FROM BRUCE LEE'S WRITINGS?

No, it is the same as you cannot learn a language from a book without a teacher and without putting it into practice.

PFC11: IS THE FULLY VERSATILE JKD CONTROLLING ALL KINDS OF OPPONENTS FROM OTHER BRANCHES OF MARTIAL ARTS?

It certainly is, but it all depends on the individual, not the style. What decides the outcome of a (street) fight is, in order of importance:

Killer instinct, aggressiveness, fighter instinct… mentality.
Experience in other fights.
The technique.

PFC12: WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST OR LESS PERCENTAGE IDEAL FOR JKD TRAINING DIVIDED BETWEEN TECHNIQUE AND PHYSICAL PREPARATION?

What is beautiful and / or complicated about Jeet Kune Do is that all that: tools, footwork, physical preparation can be worked together and when the student has a sufficient level, all that can be worked on in the fighting. Although, if you only do combat, you should not forget to refine the technique and vice versa.

PFC13: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD AT JEET KUNE DO?

It depends on many factors. From the school you are in, from the instructor, from your classmates, from your desire and possibilities to dedicate time to it, but without a doubt everything is better than lying at home waiting to be good. In some schools they set minimum times to go through phases, something that depends mainly on the person, not on the time. How long does it take to learn a new language? JKD is a martial art that requires significant physical training and as Ted Wong says: "Don't expect Bruce Lee-type results, if you're not willing to put in the hours and dedication like him."

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