March 1, 2013 / in Techniques and Styles / by Sifu Justin Och
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The Influence Wing Chun Kung Fu On Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Do is known by different names, most popular of them being Jeet Kun Do and Jeet Kuen Do apart from the normal acronym of JKD. Jeet Kune Do is the famed form of martial art founded by one of the most reputed and respected martial arts legend Bruce Lee. While the system of JKD has become known primarily as a form of martial art, a hybrid system developed from many forms of martial arts, yet it is predominantly a way of life, as Bruce Lee had himself written in books and said in interviews.
Jeet Kune Do is said to have drawn the best practices of all major martial art forms and amalgamated them all to form a unique art that is referred to as a ‘style without style’ with the single agenda of helping a man to fight and defend himself without getting tired and with minimal effort throughout. The principles of Jeet Kune Do are firmly rooted in four ranges of combat namely kicking, punching, trapping and grappling. The multiple modes of attack in JKD are single direct attack, attack by combination, progressive indirect attack, hand immobilization attack and attack by drawing.
While the style of JKD is truly unique and you may notice that when you visit a Lakeland martial art school, yet Jeet Kune Do is heavily drawn from Wing Chun Kung Fu. It is widely known that Bruce Lee was trained on Wing Chun Kung Fu in his formative years and he had eventually become an expert in the art form. When he became a worldwide sensation of martial art, all black and white pictures of Bruce Lee practicing off the set was indeed that of Wing Chun Kung Fu. However, many films of his indeed featured Jeet Kune Do.
There are many differences between Wing Chun Kung Fu and Jeet Kune Do but without the latter, there would be no former. The first major role that Wing Chun Kung Fu played in the creation of Jeet Kune Do was when Bruce wanted to try out certain things that would be different and equally or more effective, his trainer, the legendary Yip Man prevented him from doing so, thus frustrating the rising legend to form his own art.
Furthermore, almost every movement, posture, form, defense and offense tactic draws from Wing Chun Kung Fu. Jeet Kune Do either betters what that the former had to offer or keeps certain methods intact which were perfect. Wing Chun Kung Fu indeed is pivotal and the most contributive to what JKD is today. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do image from longboxgraveyard.com
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