Jeet Kune Do

Style And Philosophy

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Jeet Kune Do meaning "the way of the intercepting fist" is a hybrid martial arts as well as a life philosophy founded by Bruce Lee. It is made up of various things from different styles in order to create a style that can adapt to various situations by using different "tools" depending on what is needed. The style focuses on minimal movements in extreme speed executed at the right time for maximum effect. The main idea is to intercept the opponent's attack, thus the name. It concentrates on attacking the opponent while his about to attack. Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or pattered in movement and is based on philosophy as well, causing it to be described as the "style without style". However, Bruce Lee feels that the name "Jeet Kune Do" is just a name and he often refers to his style as "The art of expressing the human body" because he believed that combat was meant to be spontaneous. A martial artist can not predict what happens in battle but instead can only react to it. Bruce Lee is known to have said that a good martial artist should "be like water" in the sense that it is fluid in movement without hesitation.

Jeet Kune Do is strongly influenced and bound by its philosophy that martial arts can not adhere to a strict pattern. Combat is spontaneous and unpredictable. One can not immediately determine what will happen but can determine what he will do when or after it happens. He describes the comprehension of Jeet Kune Do as "either you understand or you don't". Jeet Kune Do is believed to be the expression of one's feelings or reaction with minimum movements and energy but with maximum effect. Martial arts is supposed to continuously evolve and adapt into changing times and situations and must not be bound by moving within its limits. Bruce Lee compares his style to a sculptor's mentality wherein a lump of clay is shaped and molded while removing the parts that are not needed. The result of that is what Bruce Lee considered to be the essentials of bare combat.

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i hear lee saw his sifu once

i hear lee saw his sifu once before the grandmaster passed away and still could not win in a friendly match.


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