What is it?
Jeet Kune Do was founded by Bruce Lee and translates from Cantonese as “The Way Of The Intercepting Fist”
The full name of the system is Jun Fan Gung Fu Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan was Bruce Lee`s Chinese birth name.
Jeet Kune Do is a non-classical hybrid system that includes concepts and techniques from various different styles of Martial Arts.
The idea of intercepting is key to Jeet Kune Do, whether it be the interception of your opponent’s technique or his intent.
The basic guiding principles are: simplicity, directness and freedom (the form of no form).
Lee did not want to be bound by one particular style or idea. He would quote “Using No Way As The Way; Having No Limitation As Limitation”
In Jeet Kune Do there are four main ranges of combat that the student trains in
There are various ways of attacking and these were categorised by 5 methods
- Single Direct Attack
- Attack By Combination
- Progressive Indirect Attack
- Hand Immobilisation Attack
- Attack By Drawing
Another important component of Jeet Kune Do training is the centre line theory.
The three guidelines for centreline are:
- The one who controls the centreline will control the fight.
- Protect and maintain your own centreline while you control and exploit your opponent’s.
- Control the centreline by occupying it.