"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer"
Jeet kune do (way of the intercepting fist) is a martial art created by Bruce Lee . Neither a system nor a method, Bruce Lee didn’t consider his art a style but an aggregate of principles for developing the martial mind and body.
Building on the precept of self-knowledge through self-discovery, the JKD practitioner is prompted to absorb what ideas are useful and discard those that are not. The physical goal is perpetual development of physical speed, timing, footwork, coordination and power.
We are extremely proud to be a Jeet Kune Do school under the tutelage of Grandmaster Richard Bustillo , Lee’s actual training partner for 9 years.
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was for his pupils to “Find their own truth” in martial arts and not to blindly follow any one way.
In order to do this you must draw on different arts that are suitable for each and every individual . While we train in different systems we emphasize that you should always look for similarities between arts and learn to blend and synergise them until they become part of your personal martial arts expression.
The systems and training methodologies we use will enhance the students physically, mentally and emotionally.
We are extremely fortunate that we are under the guidance of Grandmaster Richard Bustillo who was Bruce Lee’s training partner and long term student. In 2012 Anthony Pillage was awarded a full Instructorship personally by the Grandmaster himself.
Jeet Kune Do is an eclectic/hybrid system and philosophy of life founded by martial artist Bruce Lee with direct, non classical, and straightforward movements. Due to the way his style works, Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of different ‘tools’ for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (Kicking, Punching, Trapping and Grappling), with techniques flowing smoothly between them.
It is referred to as a “style without style” or “the art of fighting without fighting” as said by Lee himself. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or attacking your opponent while he is about to attack.
However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred to it as “The art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid, and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “Dry land swimming”.
He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “Be like water” and move fluidly without hesitation.