JEET KUNE DO© – is a modern martial art philosophy and a liberating approach towards reality-based fighting developed by the late Hollywood action-film icon, Bruce Lee.
Jeet Kune Do, when translated from Cantonese to English means, “the way of intercepting fists”.
In the 40 years since Bruce Lee’s death, scores of books and articles have been published on the topic of Jeet Kune Do. Each attempting to describe what it is and is not Jeet Kune Do. Some definitions were partially true while others totally missed the mark. To get an accurate understanding of what Jeet Kune Do “is” and “is not”, let us turn to the actual definition given by Bruce Lee himself.
The link shown below connects you to the Bruce Lee Foundation website owned and managed by the Lee family.
JKD Fight Philosophy
Bruce Lee’s fighting philosophy draws on elements from 26 different fighting systems from both Eastern and Western cultures. Lee coined the phrase;
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is uniquely your own.”
Wing Chun is the base of Lee’s fighting system. According to published writings and Lee and personal accounts shared by his former students there are strong influences of footwork principles from Fencing, Western Boxing, and Northern Shaolin Wushu systems.
It should be emphasized that without the inclusion of Wing Chun principles a Jeet Kune Do instructor cannot honestly nor accurate lay claim to being a practitioner of authentic Jeet Kune Do.