“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee
In the past, many have tried to define JKD in terms of a distinct style: Bruce Lee's kung-fu; Bruce Lee's karate; Bruce Lee's kickboxing; Bruce Lee's system of street fighting. To label JKD "Bruce Lee's martial art" is to completely mistake Bruce Lee's - and JKD's-meaning. JKD's concepts simply cannot be confined within a single system. To understand this, a martial artist must transcend the duality of "for" and "against," reaching for that point of unity which is beyond mere distinction. The understanding of JKD is the direct intuition of this point of unity. According to Bruce Lee, knowledge in the martial arts ultimately means self-knowledge.It must be emphasized that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name, a mirror reflecting ourselves. There is a sort of progressive approach to JKD training, but as Lee observed: "To create a method of fighting is like putting a pound of water into wrapping paper and shaping it." Structurally, many people mistake JKD as a composite style of martial art because of its efficiency. At any given time Jeet Kune Do can resemble Thai boxing or Wing Chun or wrestling or Karate. Its weaponry resembles Filipino Escrima and Kali; in long-range application it can resemble Northern Chinese Kung-Fu or Savate.According to Lee, the efficiency of any style depends upon circumstances and the fighting range of distance: the soldier employs a hand grenade at 50 yards, but he chooses a dagger for close-quarters combat. A staff, to take another example, is the wrong weapon to take to a fight in a telephone booth; a knife would again be the most appropriate weapon.Jeet Kune Do is neither opposed or unopposed to the concept of style. We can say that it is outside as well as inside of all particular structures. Because JKD makes no claim to existing as a style, some individuals conclude that it is neutral or indifferent to the question. Again, this is not the case, for JKD is at once "this" and "not this."by Dan Inosanto (the only person ever certified by Bruce Lee to teach)
“Bruce Lee is the father of Mixed Martial Arts in the USA” Dana White, owner of the UFC
Jeet Kune Do is the core of our mixed martial arts training philosophy and it is the scientific art of street fighting and accelerated skill development developed by Bruce Lee. Lee developed a way of training in mixed martial arts that was efficient and quickly produced results and a way of self defense that was simple,direct, and economical.
Our goal in JKD is to help the averageperson develop skills to:
•Win and survive a real, no-rules street fight
•Prepare for virtually any and every type ofviolent situation•Overcome a much bigger, strong and more dangerous opponent.