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Question: What is Jeet Kune Do?Answer: The art of Jeet Kune Do is not a style of martial arts but rather a system of attributes and training methods developed by Bruce Lee.At our kung fu school we don't teach jeet kune do, because JKD was specific to Bruce Lee. Someone who truly understands Jeet Kune Do knows that Jeet Kune Do is not a style but a way of thinking. Instead we like to say we teach JKD Concepts
Bruce Lee's "Way"
Bruce Lee developed his personal way of fighting which he labeled as Jeet Kune Do or “the way of intercepting fist” He believed that fighting using particular styles of martial arts would limit what the fighter could do in the fight. Thus styles were limitations to the practitioner of martial arts. Bruce lee believed that every individual must develop their own unique style of fighting based on what works for them.The growth of the individual as a fighter and martial arts practitioner is at the heart of Jeet Kune Do. The Jeet Kune Do student will not try to imitate Bruce Lee or even attempt to follow in his path. Rather the Jeet Kune Do student strives to find their own path of self discovery and self learning to develop their personal Jeet Kune Do.The Jeet Kune Do student is free to adopt all or none of Bruce Lee's teachings. If they were to discard all of what Bruce Lee originally taught, they would still be practicing Jeet Kune Do.
Some of the concepts involved in Jeet Kune Do are:
Jeet Kune Do seeks to free the student of restriction or "ways". One of the main tenets of Bruce Lee's art is "To have no way as way". this was one of Bruce Lee's most famous quotes. in fact student of Jeet Kune do are EXPECTED to modify and change the techniques they learn and experiment with what works for them.Actual training in the art of Jeet Kune Do, includes the learning of many different styles. However in order to keep the styles from becoming just a collection of different techniques, the Jeet Kune do practitioner learns concepts rather than a set pattern.
Sifu Kevin and Simu Renee, I first want to thank you for all the effort you both have put into my training.
My martial arts journey has been an interesting one. Coming from an Aikido background I felt that when I moved back to Las Vegas I needed to train in something that had a greater focus on blocking and striking to add a more rounded style to my martial arts training. When I first moved back from Reno I had a difficult time finding a studio to train in. I researched a great amount of studios only to find that the majority of them were focused on making a profit. From my background with martial arts I was looking for an instructor and a school whose focus is on martial arts. Not only that but an instructor who practiced what he preached. After looking over the website I had many questions and found great interest in the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy. I sent an email and began my journey. Initially just meeting and talking about the school and your background with Kung Fu I knew I had finally found somewhere to train.
After almost two years, looking back I see so many benefits outside of my initial desire to find a proficient teacher and a sound martial art. I had come to the studio in great physical condition from working out for almost 10 years, after training a few weeks I found another way to workout and train physically that I was missing from my workouts. It is something I now incorporate to all my workouts, on the rare few days I’m not training at the studio! With the opportunity to assist in instruction, and the help of your leadership class on Saturdays, I have found yet another level of training for not only the body but the mind. Kung Fu has helped in so many ways of my life. Besides coordination and physical conditioning I now have a greater focus in all the areas of my life from work to school.
The attention to detail in my Kung Fu training transfers over to my job and school causes me to excel further then I could have without Kung Fu. Instructing has given me a greater ability to explain any situation in an effective and detailed manor. Since I soon will be entering law school, I know this will help and know I will continue my training so as to not loose my edge! Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy has such a great foundation for learning I can find no other place I would choose to study. Not only do we have Fut Gar Kung Fu, but Escrima, Shuai Chiao, and Tai Chi. These additional instructors and systems offer a greater opportunity to develop my skill then I have ever seen in all my travels. I am continually honored to be able to train in your school and ever grateful for the opportunity. I tell everyone I talk to about my training and how great the school is! Thank you again