1. Simple, Direct and Non-Classical

We are always looking for the simplest, most direct path to end a fight. As a result, our movements are not restricted by any traditional forms. Instead we rely on Science and our understanding of the human body, to find the most effective self defense system for ourselves. 

A fight is not a martial arts demonstration. Neither is it a sparring competition. In a nasty street encounter, we want the shortest, most effective path to cause maximum damage so that we can walk away alive. 

Look at the video on the right. If you were the victim, when are the opportunities for you to survive? 


2. Fighting without Rules

JKD should only be used in situations when lives are threatened. In a street encounter, we will never know the extent of which the attacker will escalate. We do not know when the quarrelling will turn into a fight. We do not know if they have friends sneaking up on us. We do not know if they have a concealed weapon. 

With so much uncertainty when we encounter a bad character on the street, the best solution is to quickly run away and avoid a physical confrontation. However if the situation does not permit us to run away (public toilets,  out with your family etc), then we need to make sure we can finish the job fast, and walk away alive.

Here are our assumptions

  1. People who are going to find trouble with you are going to physically bigger or stronger than you. It is not a competition. They will not be assigned to you according to your weight class.
  2. If someone obviously smaller than you, provokes you, be wary. They are either intoxicated, armed, or have friends around. They are bait. Do not focus on them. Be aware of your surroundings.
  3. In a fight, you do not have time to ask the other party if they have intention to kill you. All fights should be treated as life threatening. It is best to run away as soon as things turn ugly. Every second a fight continues, the number of variables to consider increases exponentially. If running is not an option, then you must end the fight fast. 

Why are principles important?

Bruce Lee's interviews and notes were filled with philosophy and principles. Later on, these annotations served to help others understand his approach to developing Jeet Kune Do (JKD).

However, given any sentence, people can understand it in different ways. As a result, there are many different representations of JKD. Search on Youtube, and you will see many "flavours" of JKD.

I believe this is due to differences in purpose and direction. Some instructors want to preserve the original content that Bruce Lee taught, some want to incorporate other arts in to make it more "complete", while others adapted it for use in combat sports. There are also those who teach a mix of martial arts and call it JKD to benefit from Bruce Lee's fame. 

With so many "types" of JKD, it is important that students have the same purpose and direction as their instructors .

This section defines our training principles. My group sticks firmly to these principles and as a result, they are focused and are able to achieve desired results from my training program.