First and foremost, you must forgive the author
for using such terms as "styles", "techniques",
or "systems" to describe Jeet Kune Do(JKD).
Bruce Lee refrained from using such terms as it
did not capture the essence of Jeet Kune Do.
However, for the layman martial artist, these
terms help those new to JKD begin to grasp the
all encompassing concepts of Bruce Lee's Jeet
Bruce Lee was born November 27, 1940, in San
Francisco, CA. Lee passed away at age 32 on July
20, 1973, the result of hypersensitivity to a
pain medication he had taken to alleviate a
headache. Lee published his first book in 1963,
"Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of
Self-Defense". At 23, he was well on his way to
becoming one of the most prominent martial arts
figures in history.
JKD's roots can be traced to Bruce Lee's
first martial art style of Wing chun Kung fu.
Lee adopted many facets of the Wing Chun style.
However, Lee made so many modifications over the
years, it is sometimes difficult to see the
similarities between the two systems.
Literally, Jeet Kune Do means "The Way of The
Intercepting Fist". Jeet Kune Do was formally
named as such in the Late 60's. It was the
culminaton of years of study, by Bruce Lee, in
science (phsysiology), philosophy, and