All martial arts have a specific structure. It is this structure that makes their art work. To understand any martial art you must first look at its structure. You can think of structure as a base of operations from which the attacks and defense of a particular art spring from. Structure is the base from which the art grows from. Structure is the roots from which the branches of the art spring from. To understand any art is to understand its structure. (Photo by Rick Hustead / © Black Belt Communications LLC)
One of the major reasons for forming what is now called The Bruce Lee Educational Foundation was to promote unity and comradeship between the four phases of the evolution of Bruce Lee’s martial art. Unfortunately this may not always be the case. The reason may be a misunderstanding of what Bruce Lee was attempting to do with his personal evolution. Bruce was interested in constant experimentation, but it was not just experimentation for its own sake.
Last year the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation held its annual meeting and seminar in Las Vegas. This meeting is our non-profit organization’s major fundraiser for the year, as the yearly membership fee is barely enough to print and mail our newsletter. During the autograph session in which the various members of the BLEF board of directors (The Nucleus) sign books and photos, a young man handed me a magazine opened to a full-page photo.
The hammer principle is one of the best techniques that Bruce Lee taught. According to his lesson plans, which are published in volume 3 of Bruce Lee’s notes entitled Jeet Kune Do edited by John Little, it was also one of the first things that he taught. Bob Bremer seems to be the only one of Bruce Lee’s students who seems to remember it and teach it. He has been kind enough to share the finer points of the excellent technique.
Many times have I thought of submitting an article (to Bruce Lee magazine), and often requests are made of me to write a book. Frankly, I feel there is nothing to say; or should I say - that has not already been said or attempted? There is also no way to be of technical benefit to the individual via onedimensional media. I have read numerous articles espousing the many scholars, and the many who exclaim their point-of-view and expertise on this, that, and the other. (Photo by Chrissy Cruz / © Inside Kung Fu)
One of the most famous Bruce Lee quotes referring to our beloved art of Jeet Kune Do is “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation”. Unfortunately, this one quote has been the cause of a great deal of confusion. Another quote of Bruce Lee’s that is used frequently is “I don’t believe in styles” and another, “My followers in Jeet Kune Do, do listen to this … all fixed, set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
By labeling Jeet Kune Do as "just a philosophy" with no curriculum or progression of techniques, we rob it of the technical merits of the material taught by its founder, Bruce Lee. On the other hand, by crystallizing the art as "only what Bruce Lee taught," we deprive ourselves of the free expression and naturalness (or natural-unnaturalness!) advocated so strongly by Sijo Lee. Our group does not believe that either approach is wholly correct. We must investigate other arts and draw out their essence. (Photo by Angelico Tolentino © Chinatown JKD, LLC)
Something has been lost in the modern fighter's quest for brilliance in every aspect of the martial arts. Boxing on Monday. Wrestling on Tuesday. Core Conditioning on Thursday. Martial art hobbyists around the world now have training opportunities formerly available only to the pros (and they are taking advantage!). But what if there was a single missing element waiting to be (re)discovered that could separate even high level MMA fighters from their peers? Prepare to have your striking tools transformed. (Photo by Angelico Tolentino © Chinatown JKD, LLC)
One of the most frequently recurring topics of discussion within our group centers around sparring. Specifically, the best progression of drills to prepare new students for contact sparring, as well as how and when to step up the intensity. We view sparring as a means of exposing and eliminating weaknesses in one's skill set. The purpose of this article is to introduce the training methods and concepts that our group utilizes, and then ask that you, the reader, join in the discussion on our forum JKDTalk.com. (Photo by Angelico Tolentino © Chinatown JKD, LLC)
Fortunately, debates over which style of martial art is ‘the best’ have become less and less common. Professional Mixed Martial Arts competition has driven home the point Bruce Lee was making decades ago; Being unwilling to adapt and integrate means the lid on the coffin is closing. However, with the increase in popularity of “Reality-based” training, the old Sport vs. Street argument is ever-present. This article discusses the principles that make the training of any style of martial art effective for self defense. (Photo by Angelico Tolentino © Chinatown JKD, LLC)
When I started taking Jeet Kune Do around 1970 we were mostly working on the kickboxing phase of JKD. We mostly trained for combat by keeping the fighting measure which is a distance that you keep between you and your opponent so that he has to take a step toward you to be able to hit you with a hand or foot attack. The only CQC we worked on was to enter with a hand or foot attack. We would follow that up with some sort of trap followed up with a strike, lock or throw, or all of the above. (Photo by Angelico Tolentino © Chinatown JKD, LLC)