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What is Jeet Kune Do?

Jeet Kune Do, also referred to simply as JKD, is an art that has been given to us by the legendary Bruce Lee. The art is very versatile and has grown in popularity over the last few years. As with much of Bruce Lee’s instructions, the system involves a whole way of life, both the mental and the physical aspects of Martial Arts.

JKD is the compilation of all the training Bruce Lee had received in his career. Many of the concepts practiced are familiar to those who have studied various kung fu styles like Wing Chun. It is filled with fast, explosive moves that leave little doubt who the victor will be.

One of the main things that separate JKD from other forms of martial arts is the footwork. Most other forms of martial arts is practiced in a stationary or set position. The root of a lot of JKD philosophy, Wing Chun, often times has the fighter moving on their heels.

The movement of JKD however is much more like boxing, a constant jumping on the balls of your feet. Arms up are like a fighter, not in chamber around the waist. Which is why it makes it a perfect Martial Arts to cover during my self-defense month. The constant movement and strong attacks makes JKD a powerful street fighting technique. And the continual motion makes it easier to maintain a defensive position. Because of this, JKD is referenced in many fighters training.

Interesting aside, when Jet Li starred in a remake of one of Bruce Lee’s classics Chinese Connection, they featured the main character as returning with a new style of fighting. This “style” they selected had much of the same characteristics of JKD, a boxer’s movement and quick explosive punches.

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