ABOUT JUN FAN JEET KUN DO®
modern style of Wushu created by the renowned martial artist
Bruce Lee. The name means, literally, "Way of the Intercepting
Fist," and the most famous tenet is "absorb what is
useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your
own." The style emphasizes simplicity. No forms are taught,
nor are set techniques designed to counter other techniques.
Instead, the style attempts to take a problem solving approach.
The essentials are to preserve the center line, a concept Lee
learned from Wing Chun Wushu, which he studied; to maintain a
constant rhythm, and to begin sparring immediately. The simplicity
of approach is also evident in the central idea of blocking and
attacking at the same time. No set of rules or codified techniques
exist for this art. Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® uses methods and techniques
from all styles, not just empty hand systems, but weapons systems
as well. Whatever is effective can and should be used in self‑defense.
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® is seen by its practitioners as a road to self-discovery
and self-examination. Its followers consider Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® to
be a point of view rather than a school or style of martial art.
To this end, Lee was against setting up systematic methods of
instruction, for once more than a few students enrolled in a
school, the techniques and instruction would have to become codified
and the result would be that the students would undergo repetitious
drills, forms practice and prearranged sparring, to the detriment
of developing the ideal awareness of what Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® really
attempts to do. It is up to the student to gather the necessary
experience and develop his or her own repertoire. Instead of
confining oneself to sparring only other Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® students,
the practitioner should pursue opportunities to spar any kind
of fighter and learn what he or she can from the experience.
The study of different fighting systems could aid in the development
of proper Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® perspective, but only if the student devoted
time to studying the strengths and weaknesses of any system,
and deciding what he or she could use from each system. In this
way, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do® is heavily reliant on experience and theory.
(Taken from The Martial Arts Encyclopedia by Jennifer Lawler).
OF BRUCE LEE