Jeet Kune Do Training
Jeet Kune Do Master Wang of the Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu & Wellness School demonstrating Jeet Kune Do Nunchucks.
Jeet Kune Do: What Does The Popular Martial Art Entail?
In today’s world, there are several types of martial arts that exist. From Taekwondo to Karate, to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, there are many options available to those who want to train in some form of martial art.
Some martial arts have been made more popular than others, as the forefront practitioners of them, which includes Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Wong Fei-Hung, have in most cases spread the popularity of the art through film and television. Bruce Lee, for example, was able to transform and broadcast his martial art to the Western part of the world, principally to the United States.
Bruce Lee’s martial arts, which in modern times is known as Jeet Kune Do, has become one of the most recognizable mostly due to Lee’s acting in several popular Hollywood films that premiered in the United States. With this growth, Jeet Kune Do continues to become one of the most widely used forms of martial arts today.
What Is Jeet Kune Do?
Jeet Kune Do was created by Bruce Lee, and a simple definition would detail that the martial art is a hybrid fighting style that combines many areas that are usually specified upon within other individual martial arts. For example, where some martial arts may focus on strictly kicks or punches, Jeet Kune Do focuses on both, as well as grappling and self defense techniques.
A main focus of the class, again set forth by Bruce Lee himself, is to “be like water” which means to have a fluid flow in the art and technique. Bruce Lee was different from many other creators of martial arts, as he felt that no situation was strictly tied to a “style”. Lee, according to biography.com, felt that each situation should be handled differently. What Jeet Kune Do focuses heavily upon is to be wide open to a variety of approaches, tailored to the situation at hand.
Jeet Kune Do is simply another form of kung fu, and it can be seen to mirror some of the techniques used in Sanshou, or Sanda which is Chinese Boxing and Chinese Kickboxing as well as Wing Chun.
Jeet Kune Do has spread to be practiced globally, as it is available in America, as well as many other countries across the globe. Bruce Lee never wanted to create a new “type” of martial art, but more wanted to build upon past principles that he had learned. In doing so, Bruce Lee has built a lasting, as well as effective, form of martial art that is as popular today as it was when he first practiced it several years ago.