Bruce Lee or Lee Jun Fan (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hongkong actor, martial artist. philosopher, film director, screenwriter, practitioner of Wing Chun and founder of the Jeet Kune Do concept. He is considered by many as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and acultural icon.
Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
What is Jeet Kune Do?
Over the years, there has been much debate over the name Jeet Kune Do. Is it a style or a philosophy? Is it based on Eastern or Western martial arts? Bruce Lee himself was quoted as saying “it’s only a name.” But, of course, he had to have some way of referring to the techniques and strategies he was using.
Jeet Kune Do originated in 1965. A controversial match with Wong Jack Man heavily influenced Lee’s philosophy about martial arts. After about three minutes of combat (some say 20 – 25 min), Wong Jack Man conceded. Lee concluded that the fight had lasted too long and that he had failed to live up to his potential using his Wing Chun techniques. He took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on “practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency“. He started to use different methods of training such as weight training for strength, running for endurance, stretching for flexibility, and many others which he constantly adapted.
Lee emphasized what he called “the style of no style”, “using no way as way“, and “having no limitation as limitation“. This consisted of getting rid of the formalized approach which Lee claimed was indicative of traditional styles. Lee felt the system he now called Jun Fan Gung Fu was even too restrictive, and eventually evolved into a philosophy and martial art. He would come to call Jeet Kune Do or the Way of the Intercepting Fist.
So, I just wanna try to describes Jeet Kune Do as simple as I can :
1. Fine art rather than self defense
2. Principle of Yin & Yang as expressed Law of Harmony
3. Principle of Inside to Outside as mind cultivation (means the way of movement in JKD is closely related to the movement of the mind)
I think that’s characteristic of Jeet Kune Do.
And did you know that Bruce Lee has speed punch is 1/500 second with a distance of about 1 meter from the target with Jet Kune Do? Woow!!
What do you think?
Source : The Bruce Lee Foundation, Wikipedia-Bruce Lee