The art and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do (JKD) was created by Bruce Lee as his personal form of combat based on his research and findings. It can be taught but not standardized because each individual has different needs. It is a conceptual approach to combat, 'using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation'.
In the study of JKD, a student is taught the base system of combat developed by Bruce Lee known as Jun Fan Gung Fu or Bruce Lee's Kung Fu (Jun Fan is Bruce Lee's birth name). It has a definite and set system of progression and material to be taught and learned.
The Jun Fan curriculum consist of 4 ranges of combat, Kicking, Punching, Trapping & Grappling. Bruce Lee borrowed from many styles in his development of JKD including Wing Chun, Boxing, Fencing, Savate, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Judo.
Whilst Jun Fan Gung Fu is an excellent fighting system in and of itself, it is important to explore outside of the curriculum (as Bruce Lee did) to find your own truth. The way one person expresses themselves in combat is unique, so that persons expression of JKD will be different to anothers.
The JKD concept of cross training, absorbing what is useful and rejecting what is useless, is the forerunner to the modern day combat sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Through events such as the UFC, we can see athletes expressing themselves uniquely through all the ranges of combat.
At the McLeod Academy we have classes in many styles of martial arts, each of which aid and support the others. As Bruce Lee said, no single style has all the answers so it is important to cross train in other systems to become a well rounded martial artist and true JKD practitioner.
We have classes in the following disciplines:
Jun Fan Gung Fu (JKD) - Bruce Lee's base system of combat.
Filipino Martial Arts (Kali) - Weaponry training to enhance your empty hand skills and 'train the brain'.
Muay Thai - Powerful art from Thailand with kicking, punching, elbows, knees and clinch.
Combat Submission Wrestling - No-gi grappling system with throws, takedowns and ground fighting.
Lil' Dragons/Junior Mixed Martial Arts - A blend of kickboxing and submission wrestling for children.