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Jeet Kune Do

Jeet kune do (way of the intercepting fist) is a martial art created by Bruce Lee during the 1960s. Neither a system nor a method, Bruce Lee didn’t consider his art a style but an aggregate of principles for developing the martial mind and body.

Although jeet kune do’s foundation lies in wing chun theory, Bruce Lee liberally borrowed from other kung fu styles: taekwondo, wrestling, fencing and Western boxing.

Building on the precept of self-knowledge through self-discovery, the JKD practitioner is prompted to absorb what ideas are useful and discard those that are not. The physical goal is perpetual development of physical speed, timing, footwork, coordination and power.

Since Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, two variations of jeet kune do have evolved: original JKD, which is promoted as the art Bruce Lee practiced; and JKD concepts, which applies Bruce Lee’s concepts to martial arts techniques drawn from various Indonesian, Philippine and Thai styles.

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  1. Classic Interviews: Jeet Kune Do Techniques Expert Ted Wong on Bruce Lee and the State of JKD (Part 2)

    Classic Interviews: Jeet Kune Do Techniques Expert Ted Wong on Bruce Lee and the State of JKD (Part 2)

    Part 2 of this exclusive interview from the Black Belt archives delves into the private side of Ted Wong and Bruce Lee’s training sessions — even what they packed for a trip to Hong Kong together. (Hint: Their luggage was probably quite heavy.)
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  2. Classic Interviews: Jeet Kune Do Techniques Expert Ted Wong on Bruce Lee and the State of JKD (Part 1)

    Classic Interviews: Jeet Kune Do Techniques Expert Ted Wong on Bruce Lee and the State of JKD (Part 1)

    Life before and after meeting Bruce Lee … private training with the jeet kune do founder … the early evolutions in JKD … Ted Wong goes “on the record” in this EXCLUSIVE interview from the Black Belt archives!
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  3. Why Bruce Lee Facts and JKD History Must Be Preserved

    Why Bruce Lee Facts and JKD History Must Be Preserved

    Bruce Lee and jeet kune do historian Tommy Gong, author of Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist, explores the importance of Lee’s legacy as a resource for martial artists who seek to continue their own evolution.
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  4. Meet James Yimm Lee: “The Man Who Helped Make Bruce Lee a Success”

    Meet James Yimm Lee: “The Man Who Helped Make Bruce Lee a Success”

    Get a glimpse at the life of kung fu, iron palm and jeet kune do instructor James Yimm Lee — friend, mentor and training partner of Bruce Lee.
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  5. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    From the pages of Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: The Complete Edition, the martial arts icon is shown executing this martial arts staple in a self-defense situation on the street!
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  6. Fighting Ranges of Jeet Kune Do, Part 1

    Fighting Ranges of Jeet Kune Do, Part 1

    Nearly everyone knows the four ranges of combat: kicking, punching, trapping and grappling. In this story, a veteran jeet kune do instructor discusses his preferred ways for addressing three ranges you might not have thought about.
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  7. Kelly Worden’s Renegade JKD Blends Remy Presas’ Arnis With Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do

    Kelly Worden’s Renegade JKD Blends Remy Presas’ Arnis With Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do

    Jeet kune do authority Taky Kimura once described Kelly S. Worden as an “American icon of the progressive arts.” In this exclusive interview, Worden reveals how his mentors helped him synthesize arnis, JKD and other concepts to forge a system he calls “renegade JKD.”
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  8. Fighting Ranges of Jeet Kune Do, Part 2

    Fighting Ranges of Jeet Kune Do, Part 2

    California-based JKD instructor Ralph Bustamante concludes his discussion of how the high, middle and low ranges of combat can be exploited in a self-defense situation.
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  9. Larry Hartsell on Jeet Kune Do, Grappling and Open-Mindedness (Part 2)

    Larry Hartsell on Jeet Kune Do, Grappling and Open-Mindedness (Part 2)

    In Part 2 of this exclusive interview, Larry Hartsell, an expert in Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do and various styles of grappling, talks about how the two forms of fighting function together in self-defense.
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  10. Larry Hartsell on Jeet Kune Do, Grappling and Open-Mindedness (Part 1)

    Larry Hartsell on Jeet Kune Do, Grappling and Open-Mindedness (Part 1)

    Martial artists will always associate Larry Hartsell with two ultra-effective fighting concepts: grappling and jeet kune do. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the connection between the two — along with Bruce Lee’s interest in ground fighting.
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