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Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do is what Bruce Lee called the style or concept of martial arts that he practiced. It’s arguable whether Jeet Kune Do is a true “style” as we know it, but more a concept that you should research many different martial arts styles and come up with a mix that suits you and makes you a better fighter. Bruce Lee combined Wing Chun and Wushu with Fencing, Boxing and other arts to form his own unique “method”, but every Jeet Kune Do practicioner should strive to put their own personality into Jeet Kune Do.

Meaning

Translation: Jeet –“Intercepting”, Kune –“Fist” Do – “Way”
Literal Translation: The Way of the Intercepting Fist
Origin: Mainly Chinese due to Bruce Lee’s early training
Major Influences: Wing Chun, Wushu, Fencing, Boxing

History

After a demonstration with another martial artist, Bruce Lee realized that the traditional styles weren’t as effective as they could be. So he began to heavily study other styles (mainly boxing and fending) and combined their strategies and techniques with the Chinese martial arts of Wing Chun and Wushu. Because “Jeet Kund Do” encourages students to combine techniques of their own, his foundation is calling Bruce Lee’s specific method “Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do”. “June Fan” is Bruce Lee’s original Chinese name, so this tranlates to “Bruce Lee’s Way of the Intercepting Fist”.

 

Real Life Application

Bruce Lee loved this method and we love Bruce Lee, so we highly recommend this tyle for practical application in everyday life. Since the underlying principles are no-nonsense fighting and combining techniques from many different styles, this is a fighting system that can (and should) be modified for each student to be as effective as possible.

Links

Bruce Lee Foundation | Jeet Kune Do on Wikipedia

Example Video

The first video is a Jeet Kune Do demonstration. The second video is a description of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee, followed by a hilarious scene of Jeet Kune Do vs. Bear Style. We couldn’t resist!

 

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