The Way of the Intercepting Fist

12 November, 2012

Jeet Kune Do in reality translates as way of the intercepting fist, pairing the Western fencing structure of intercepting with an empty hand martial arts method. Lee thought this as being the most efficient martial arts approach and changed it to an empty hand application. Thus, Jeet Kune Do was conceived.

Bruce Lee’s unique fighting method started in 1962 with his modified Gong Fu. Lee’s Wing Chun training was from his distinguished mentor Yip Man.

From this formal training Lee began his way to be the world’s greatest martial artist or fighter possible. He quickly came to realize that martial arts based on tradition are not well suited for real life. He often referred to the traditionalistic fighting styles as a “classical mess”, and set out to absorb what was useful and to dismiss the rest. He discarded the standard stances and striking techniques for his own new methods that even today are cutting edge.

Jeet Kune Do was the first mixed martial art in modern times, and is said to be composed of three primary systems of martial art.

In truth, Bruce often examined other arts, but he did not necessarily train in them as a student. He just simply studied them as a neutral observer to uncover their strengths and deficiencies so he might develop a fuller understanding of combative arts.

In the three schools Bruce Lee started during his career, he went through three distinct eras, one at each academy, and rarely blended his teachings across the the respective eras.

While he enjoyed the non physical aspects of the arts, he was also a practical proponent of change, constantly challenging, evolving, and adapting his martial arts methodology.

Throughout the history of martial arts, there have been many misunderstandings about the Bruce Lee fighting system. The most common of which being that it is only a philosophy and not an actual fighting system.

The truth is that Jeet Kune Do training generally combines both a life approach and a style, yet is neither. Give that some thought!

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