“The art of expressing the human body” is how the renowned martial artist Bruce Lee once described a North American form of martial art called Jeet Kune Do. This “hybrid and eclectic” form of martial art is said to have originated from the United States of America, and was developed and officially presented by Lee himself on July 9th 1969. Furthermore, this form of martial art is extremely flexible and is based on philosophy unlike many others. Apparently, Jeet Kune Do when literally translated means “Way of intercepting the fist”.
a. History/origin of Jeet Kune Do:
It was Bruce Lee an American/Hong Kong martial artist who began researching on many styles of fighting, which resulted in him developing a style he called “Jun Fan Gung Fu” (meaning Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu). It was in 1959 that he began teaching this style of martial art publically in the United States of America. Furthermore, it was using elements of “Gung Fu” developed by Lee himself that eventually led to the creation of “Jeet Kune Do”.
b. Weapon used in the Jeet Kune Do:
The “hands and the legs” are mainly used by a fighter in this form of martial art. Furthermore, the moves used commonly by a fighter in this form of martial art include kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling.
c. Technique involved in the Jeet Kune Do and training availability:
In terms of technique, the fighter in this form of martial art mainly uses what can be termed as “Four Ranges of Combat” which includes moves such as kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling. Furthermore, the kicks used in “Jeet Kune Do” are mainly directed towards the lower part of the body such as the shins, knees, thighs, and midsection. In addition, this martial art form is also based on a principle known as “Economy of Action”. This principle comprises of the following elements:
- Efficiency: Basically relates to an effectiveness of an attack in terms of the least amount of time taken to achieve maximum impact.
- Directness: Relates to doing things in an extremely disciplined manner.
- Simplicity: Essentially relates to an uncomplicated mindset of the fighter.
As for training centers/schools, there are a number of them available around the world for those interested in learning this “hybrid and eclectic” martial art form developed by the great Bruce Lee himself.