Jeet Kune Do
The Jeet Kune Do Emblem
The Taijitu represents the concepts of yin and yang. The Chinese charactersindicate: “Using no way as way” & “Having no limitation as limitation”. The arrows represent the endless interaction between yang and yin.
Also known as JKD, Jeet Kun Do, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Focus Eclectic & Hybrid
Creator Bruce Lee
Parenthood Wing Chun, Boxing, Fencing
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Jeet Kune Do
Literal meaning Way of the Intercepting Fist
Jeet Kune Do (also “Jeet Kun Do”, or simply “JKD”) is an eclectic/hybrid system and philosophy of life founded by martial artist Bruce Lee with a simple, direct (or straightforward movements) and non-classical style. Due to the way his style works, Jeet Kune Do practitioners 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. It 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.
In 2004, the Bruce Lee Foundation decided to use the name Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (振藩截拳道) to refer to the martial arts system that Lee founded. “Jun Fan” was Lee’s Chinese given name.