What is Bruce Lee's training made of

Jeet Kune Do - Bruce Lee's fighting style

Jeet Kune Do is a martial arts style that was developed by Bruce Lee in the 1960s.

Jeet Kune Do is actually not a martial art style. It's more of a martial art principle.

It's about training self-defense. With the aim of being as efficient as possible.

The name Jeet Kune Do

Originally the style was called: "Jun Fan Kung Fu". Lee Jun Fan is the Chinese name of Bruce Lee.

Then Bruce Lee renamed him: Jeet Kune Do.

Jeet = intercept, hold up, stop

Kune = the fist

Do = the way, the method

Mostly it is translated as: way of the caught fist.

This describes a basic principle of this martial art. To stop a possible attacker in the early stages.


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The video (duration 02:17 minutes) gives a glimpse into a dojo below. Impressions from the training can be seen.


Mixing styles


When Bruce Lee developed his system, it was initially based on three styles: Wing Chun, boxing, and fencing.

But that expanded more and more. More and more fighting techniques were added: Tang Lang, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Savate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, Karate, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If the fighting style was initially unarmed, weapon techniques were added. This included styles like Escrima, Arnis, Kali.


Jeet Kune Do is an individual style


His goal was not to create a new hybrid system. He wanted to create a wide range of techniques.

Jeet Kune Do is already in each one, it just has to be let out. The aim is to develop an individual style of self-defense.

For this purpose, your own strengths and preferences are made aware, promoted and used. All systems are used.

According to the four guiding principles of a JKD practitioner:

- Make your own experiences

- Take over what's useful

- Discard the useless

- Add what is specific to you


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The video (duration 5:43 minutes) shows some techniques and exercises for the duel that can be used in the JKD.


Jeet Kune Do is straightforward, simple, efficient and non-classic


React directly. If someone throws you something, you will catch it. Without thinking about how to catch it properly. The fighting techniques should be just as direct.

All fighting techniques should be as simple as possible. That they can be used immediately even in the event of a surprise, without preparation time and without preparation.

Pushing the economy of movement forward. Detect useless movements and leave them out. Refrain from any showmanship. The shorter a technique, the better.

Everything is left out that a classic martial art brings with it in terms of ballast. There are no traditional rituals such as running shapes or athletic competitions, and there are no breathtaking acrobatics either. Everything that Bruce Lee referred to as swimming on dry land and what is also missing from the actual training time.

Jeet Kune Do is a pure self-defense system with applied techniques that I test beforehand in practice fights. Spontaneity comes before choreographed sequences of movements.


The techniques


Techniques from practically all martial arts are available. But there are only a few left of them. Each technique examines its aspect of self defense.

Techniques for all combat distances are compiled.

The techniques that remain are then merged into one.

The attack movements should consist of non-telegraphic movements. I should do it without warning movements (backing up, shifting weight).

The goal in Jeet Kune Do is to stop an attack before it has really started. The optimal defense is an attack hit before the opponent's attack has been fully executed. This is in contrast to the martial arts systems in which the opponent's attack is first blocked and then repulsed.


The competition


In the JKD there is no sporting competition and no championships.



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You hit and kick a lot during training. On the one hand against blow pads and on the other hand against sandbags.

But then you really do practice fighting. Attacks are simulated, which the student then has to fend off as successfully as possible. This is then increased further, firstly by several attackers and secondly by attackers with weapons.


For more information on the topic: J e t K u n e D o - at the free lexicon Wikipedia



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