Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jeet Kune Do

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Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Do has been the most influential and most knowledgeable type of Kung-Fu or martial art I have come across or believe in. For me, it makes the most sense.

Why you may ask?

First of all, there is a point Bruce Lee makes when he says you must be like water, and he noticed and so have I that in every situation, whether in fighting scenarios or not, they are varied and one must remain “fluid” through victory!

You cannot be rigid during battle, as in you cannot stay a same way during battle, everything is changing and quick-paced, like water, like the ocean. The ocean keeps moving in different directions, and so are you in battle. So you must always keep an “open mind” as they say while fighting.

Jeet Kune Do, also Jeet Kun Do, and abbreviated JKD, is an eclectic and hybrid martial art system and philosophy of life founded by the martial artist Bruce Lee (1940–1973) in 1967 with simple and direct, or straightforward, movements and non-classical style. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects and extreme speed. The system works by using different "tools" for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which is kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, where martial artists use techniques to flow 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 while one's opponent is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred 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.

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