GRANDMASTER GARY DILL
Jeet Kune Do
Professor Gary Dill was one of the very few fortunate individuals
who actually studied and trained in JKD (Oakland branch school)
while Bruce Lee was still alive. He got his JKD training from Sifu
James Yimm Lee. James Lee was Bruce's closest friend, his mentor,
his confident, his second in command of the JKD clan, and taught
the JKD class in Oakland, with Bruce being the Chief Instructor.
Professor Dill was a personal JKD student of James Lee at the
Oakland School during 1971 and 1972. He was able to train in JKD
on a daily basis and keep in-depth notes from each class. After
his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Dill returned to Oklahoma in
order to continue his college education in September 1972. On December
7, 1972, James Lee wrote a personal letter to Dill giving him permission
to pass on his knowledge of JKD and gung fu in small, exclusive
classes consisting of hand picked students. This letter was the
forerunner of the instructor "certification" which is
used today. Lee also sent Dill a two years JKD training outline
for him to use in his classes. James Lee died of cancer just two
weeks after he had written this letter to Professor Dill.
In 1986 Professor Dill was appointed to the prestigious Board
of Directors of the JEET KUNE DO SOCIETY, based upon his legitimate
lineage in the JKD clan under James Lee. Dill sat on the board
along with Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, Ted Wong, Linda Lee,
Herb Jackson, and six others.
Professor Dill is considered to be an international authority
on JKD, having written several articles on JKD for "Black
Belt" and "Inside Kung Fu" magazines. He has produced
in-depth training videos on Jeet Kune Do and related combat arts,
as well as authored a comprehensive JKD Association Training Manual.
Professor Dill conducts JKD training seminars and clinics all
across the United States on the average of 2-3 each month. He also
hosts three JKD training camps every year in Oklahoma (April, June,
and October). Private classes are always on his agenda for those
who wish to receive exclusive private training in JKD directly
from Professor Dill. In addition, Dill publishes a monthly newsletter
for his JKD Association members, which keeps them in touch on a
regular basis with what is new in JKD and what is going on within
Professor Dill has spent most of his adult life either in the
military or in law enforcement. He served with the U.S. Marine
Corps (65-67), U.S. Navy (68-72), and is a Vietnam veteran. In
regards to law enforcement he was a Special Agent with Naval Investigative
Service (NIS), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI); Agent with the
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI); and Chief of Police
of two cities in Oklahoma. He was also the senior police defensive
tactics instructor in Oklahoma; was training coordinator, firearms
instructor, and defensive tactics instructors while a federal agent.
Dill is now a full time Jeet Kune Do and Martial Arts instructor
Professor Gary Dill's Credentials
- Original Jeet Kune Do student at Oakland JKD branch school.
- Teaching JKD since 1972 (26 years).
- Chief Instructor for the Jeet Kune Do Association (founded
- Founder of Self-Defense Systems / Jeet Kune Do (SDS/JKD) training
program (an extended system of "pre-1973" JKD).
- Grandmaster (10th Dan) of Bushido Kempo (Combat Karate, Ju-Jitsu,
Aiki-jitsu, and weaponry).8th Black Belt from Mainland China
. . . (Global Martial Arts Federation).
- Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee (1989 & 1996).
- Member, World Head of Family Soke-ship council (World's Largest
Grandmaster's Organization) See picture at right.
- Former Board of Director Appointee, Jeet Kune Do Society.
- Retired Law Enforcement Officer . Federal Agent; State Criminal
Investigator (Oklahoma); Chief of Police.
- Former Senior Police Defensive Tactics Instructor; Firearms
Instructor & Range Master.
- Vietnam Veteran . . . U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps . 10 Years
Total Dept of Navy Experience.
- General Member, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Organization.
Dill's JKD Web Site