Jeet Kune Do
The late Bruce Lee conceived Jeet Kune Do (way of the intercepting fist) in 1967. When asked to describe his new way of fighting, Lee said, “To create a method of fighting is pretty much like putting a pound of water into wrapping paper and shaping it.”
His concept was to create a system void of rules, he said of his system that it possesses everything but in itself is possessed by nothing.
Lee was noted for taking the best of many systems and implementing those techniques into Jeet Kune Do.
At any given time his art can resemble Thai boxing, wing chung, wrestling, or karate.
Its weaponry resembles Filipino escrima and kali, and, at long range, northern Chinese gung-fu or tae kwon do.
According to Lee, the efficiency of style depends upon circumstances and range: a staff, for example would be the wrong weapon to bring into a telephone booth to fight, whereas a knife would be appropriate.
In Jeet Kune Do, kicks are delivered low, usually to the opponentís shin or knee, because this is much quicker than the high kicks used in many other martial arts.
Lee also believed that a style should never be the last word in application of techniques.
An individual must be flexible in body and action, to be prepared for the unexpected the key to success in a fight.
Different situations require different techniques, being able to flow with the change of events was very important to Lee when he developed Jeet Kune Do.
“Jeet Kune Do is just a name, a boat to get one across the river,” Lee once remarked. “Once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on oneís back.
Today Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo, two of his original students, carry on the legacy of Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do.