Where to Learn Jeet Kune Do
Where to learn Jeet Kune Do? How to learn Jeet Kune Do?
These are common questions, and the answer is simple and yet difficult.
Bruce Lee died, and he left only three individuals with the certification to learn Jeet Kune Do. These individuals were Danny Inosanto, Taky Kimura, and James Yimm Lee. James Yimm Lee is dead now, so that leaves two. So if you are fortunate enough to live by them, you could probably meet them, and possibly study with them.
If you don’t live near these martial arts instructors, then there are a number of things you can do to learn Jeet Kune Do.
First, there are a number of Jeet kune Do videos out there. A simple google will tell you how to purchase a Jeet Kune Do DVD.
Second, although certification is often lacking, there are a number of Jeet kune Do schools out there.
The main thing, whatever you do, is to learn Jeet Kune Do principles and apply them to your training. That said, here is a list of the principles used in Jeet Kune Do training.
The Twelve Jeet Kune Do Principles
Non Telegraphic Movement ~ Do not prepare for a strike. This is a very zen concept. Don’t move or even lean the body or the mind before an action.
Strong Side Forward ~ Put the strong side of your body forward. Right handed people use right side, left handed people use left side. Use the lead hand for offense 80% of the time, the rear hand 20% of the time. Use the rear hand for defense 80% of the time, the rear hand 20% of the time.
Longest Weapon To The Closest Target ~ Use the lead hand and the lead leg to open the attack or initiate the defense, the rear hand and leg are too far away and can be seen too easily.
Non Classical Movement ~ Don’t use fixed stances or training forms, as in classical karate or gung fu systems. Fixed stances and forms are rigid, inflexible to change, and do not represent actual fighting situations. Use drills that are fluid and alive and always changing.
Use Of Broken Rhythm ~ Speed up or slow down on the attack or defense. This will break the timing of the opponent.
On the half ~ Striking the opponent before he completes his attack interrupts his rhythm and is hitting on the ‘half beat.’ This can be done at any time in a sequence of attacks.
Adaptability ~ The only constant is change. Fights are nothing but change. You must adapt to the situation, change with the change. You must not rely on a fixed set of techniques, or you will be out-changed. This is a matter of self-expression.
Use Of Feints and False Attacks ~ Use a feint, or a fake attack, to draw the opponent into a reaction. Once he reacts you can read him and then predict what kind of fighter he is, and what he will do. Feints also distract the opponent, put him out of position so that you may simply defeat him without secondary action.
Interception ~ Jeet Kune Do means ‘Way of the Intercepting Fist.’ Blocking means you haven’t perceived the attack, and you are now moving behind the action. You are now responding to instead of creating. Better to simultaneously parry and hit, or just to hit first (after perceiving that a fight is eminent and will occur…you must do everything in your power to de-escalate a fight before it happens) To accomplish the action of this principle you must control the distance so that the opponent has to extend himself to reach you.
The mind ~ Don’t think defend and hit…just think ‘hit.’
Centerline ~ Stay to the centerline. Circular punches are easier to see, straight punches are more difficult to see. Learn where to find major targets on the centerline. Nose, eyes, throat, groin, solar plexus, etc. If you control the centerline you control the positioning and leverage of an opponent, and thus control his ability to launch an attack.
Alive Footwork ~ Being mobile is crucial. Learn mobility and you can move into position to strike, or move out of a position that would be struck. Control of distance, rhythm and timing are controlled by footwork, so your footwork must be fluid and alive.
Focus on Low Line Kicking ~ It’s dangerous to kick high in a real situation. High kicks are slower, put your balance at risk, offer your opponent or lever, and so on. Low kicks, on the other hand, to the knees or groin, are quick and easy and hard to defend against.
Some people think you should learn the Five Ways of Attack in this list, but I put them in a separate category, and they will be on a separate page of this site.
This has been a page about Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do fighting Principles.