We utilize Jeet Kune Do (JKD) as a foundation for everything we do. We believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of different ‘tools’ for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (kicking, punching, trapping and grappling), with techniques flowing smoothly between them.
JKD is referred to as a “style without style” or “the art of fighting without fighting” as said by Lee himself. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred to it as “The art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid, and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “Dry land swimming”. He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “Be like water” and move fluidly without hesitation.
JKD practitioners follows two parallel aspects of Art:
1) Self – preservation.
2) Self – Perfection.
- “Self Preservation” is the surviving of a violent act upon you or a loved one, and the essential tools used to carry out that act of survival. This is the training that is functional in real life situations for the novice, and does not take but a short duration of time to learn this basic portion. It is built on the scientific understanding that in the middle of a life and death situation under the stresses of a chemical dump. The body can only function under the basic visceral response of simple gross motor mechanics. These are the best simple movement you can do to destroy a larger, stronger, more skill fighter. These are the cream of the crop movements to handle any altercation, like the stand up, ground, clinch, trapping, mass attack, and weapons attack.
- “Self Perfection” is the progression, the learning, the building blocks of attributes, and the perfection of your skill. Self Perfection is learning more advanced movements that take longer to functionalize in live motion, this is called complex motor skills. These complex motor skills take a larger amounts of repetition to master for live motion. The movements are still very effective, but take time to make functional.
As you Self Perfect you will build attributes, and as you Self Preserve you will build survival skills. When you combine them, you will be functionalizing the Self perfection, and bring out more advanced skill into you Self Preservation. This is the perfect cocktail for the purest training progression there is, and slowly as you progress you will reach your true potential.