If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
— Bruce Lee

About Jeet Kune Do

our philosophy

Ok, before you ask: yes, we can teach you the one-inch punch. That move is included in our twenty-year membership package. No guarantees outside the twenty-year package.

Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy of life founded by martial artist Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s Chinese given name was Jun Fan. His connections to Hollywood made him a controversial figure, but he is largely recognized to be one of the greatest martial artists of all time. Jeet Kune Do broke down barriers between fighting styles, developing the first approach to martial arts that incorporated many different styles. 

This made Jeet Kune Do the original “Mixed martial Art.”

Rather than following one particular style or Grand Master, the Jeet Kune Do philosophy approaches martial arts differently. Here, each fighter is encouraged to “absorb what is useful, discards what is useless, and add what is uniquely your own,” meaning that the elements of each style that flow most naturally to the individual is kept, while that which does not flow naturally is discarded. Each individual is then able to express themselves in the unique way that puts the arts in martial arts.

Using no way as way” and “Having no limitation as limitation

At Academy of Jeet Kune Do Sciences, fighters are exposed to Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Savate, Filipino Kali (stick/knife fighting), Wing Chun, Western Fencing, Western Boxing, Silat, Pananjakman, and Panantukan, among other styles. Some of these fighting styles are weapons-based, which means at times we train with sticks, knives, machetes, etc.

A central quality of Jeet Kune Do is combat realism. JKD values techniques based on their effectiveness in the real world. Opponents spar going all out, as if they were in a real battle.

The MMA Phases of Combat come directly from JKD: kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling. Fighters train in all four combat ranges equally.

Here are the “Five Ways of Attack” that are the central principals of JKD:

1.   Straight Lead – this backbone movement is built for speed, not power, and extreme accuracy. Minimal motion yields maximum impact. Lee illustrates: “LIke a cobra, your strike should be felt before it is seen.”
2.   Non-Telegraphic Punch – explosive attacks without telegraphing your intention work best. Keep your body loose and avoid “get ready” stances
3.   “Be Like Water” – every situation, be it in fighting or in life, is different. Therefore, to obtain victory, one must be fluid and adaptive
4.   Economy of Motion – as in Wing Chun, the simplest works best. Be efficient, direct, and simple. Conserve both energy and time. Maximized force ends the battle quickly.
5.   Stop Hits and Stop Kicks – intercept an opponent’s attack with an attack of your own, instead of a simple block.

There is a lot more to Jeet Kune Do, as it is a philosophy of life that goes beyond martial arts practice. JKD fighters are constantly striving to become better as both fighters and people. Academy of Jeet Kune Do Sciences is about working to improve your body and mind, and therefore your life and the lives of those around you.

To find the next JKD class, visit our schedule of classes or feel free to contact us for more information.