JUN FAN JEET KUNE DO
Jeet Kune Do, abbreviated JKD, is an eclectic and hybrid martial art heavily influenced by the philosophy of martial artist Bruce Lee was founded the system on July 9, 1967. Jeet Kune Do was based on Bruce Lee’s experiences in unarmed fighting and self-defense. Originally, Lee had studied and researched various forms of martial arts and would formalise a system named Jun Fan Gung Fu circa 1962. However, around 1964, following his encounter with Wong Jack-man, Lee came to realise the error of binding oneself to a systematised martial art and denounced the Jun Fan Gung Fu. Following this, Lee began to passionately work on research and practice in order to refine his way of practicing martial arts. In 1965, he outlined the basic concept of Jeet Kune Do.
JKD believes the best defense is a strong offence, hence the principle of an "intercepting fist". For someone to attack another hand-to-hand, the attacker must approach the target. This provides an opportunity for the targeted person to "intercept" the attacking movement. The principle of interception may be applied to more than intercepting the actual physical attack; non-verbal cues (subtle movements of which opponent may be unaware) may also be perceived or "intercepted", and thus used to one's advantage. The "five ways of attack", categories that help JKD practitioners organise their fighting repertoire, comprise the offensive teachings of JKD. The concepts of "Stop hits & stop kicks," and "Simultaneous parrying & punching," based on the concept of single fluid motions that attack while defending (in systems such as epee fencing and Wing Chun), compose JKD's defensive teachings. These were modified for unarmed combat and implemented into the JKD framework by Lee to complement the principle of interception.
“Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or means which serve its end.”
– Bruce Lee
Mark Tucker is an instructor under Guro Rick Faye who is a Senior Full Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto—Bruce Lee’s training partner and most perceptive student—in Jun Fan Martial Arts. Mark is also a PFS Cetified Executive Instructor / Full Instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak.
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