Kutting Edge of Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Michael A. Krivka
What Is Jeet Kune
Kune Do (JKD) is 'the way of the intercepting fist'. JKD is the product
of Sijo Bruce Lee's experimentation and interpretation of combat. JKD
is characterized by functionality in all combat ranges, mobility in and
out of each range, and experimentation and continuous growth to further
understand combat, life and one's place in the world.
Is JKD a system,
style, or art?
JKD is the
'research and development' tool that was the third part of the evolutionary
process that began with the Tao of Chinese Gung Fu. At one time JKD was
thought of as a style by its practitioners, but Sijo Bruce quickly realized
that the preponderance of the term 'style' severely limited JKD. Instead,
JKD was to be used as a tool that could be used to look at other arts
and to see their relationship to your own development. So, in reality,
JKD is part of Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu, as opposed to being something completely
separate from it. Following are a number of quotes from Sifu Dan Inosanto
that shed some light on JKD:
The Evolutionary Process
is) a series of guidelines to lead you to proficiency.'
is) Finding the right art for the right time and place.'
is not an end unto itself, but merely a byproduct. JKD was
to serve as a means of self-discovery.'
- 'The motion
of change is essential to JKD. The concept advocates learning,
experiencing, evolving above all things.'
Sijo Bruce defined his own personal style of combat differently during
different stages of his own learning process. Following is that developmental
- Tao of Chinese
Gung Fu: San Francisco and Seattle era. Strong Wing Chun Gung Fu influence
- Lee Jun Fan Gung
Fu: Seattle and Oakland era. Continued modification of Wing Chun (50%)
with the addition of more dynamic footwork and kicking.
- Jeet Kune Do and
JKD Concepts: Los Angeles era (1967-). Growth art continued until Sijo
Bruce's death and is continuing today under the direction of Sifu Dan.
With this information
one can now understand the disparity between the skillset and techniques
of an individual from the Seattle era and someone from the Los Angeles
era. Is one wrong and the other right? No; they are both on the same path,
but are at different places in time and evolution. JKD is constantly changing,
and the JKD of today is not the JKD of tomorrow. Only time will tell where
the path will lead.
Kutting Edge (MAK) Jan. - Feb. 1996