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Saturday, January 26, 2013

J is for Jeet Kune Do

Anyone who has known me for a while will know that my Sweets loves Bruce Lee! So I thought I would change my Alphabe Thursday theme this week and write a little about Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee was the founder of this martial arts and it is practiced widely even today thirty nine years after the death of Bruce Lee. This is the style of martial arts that my Sweets studied when he was younger.The symbol above is Yin and Yang, the Chinese characters  meaning using no way as way and having no limitations as limitations. Bruce Lee felt that marital arts had become to rigid and unrealistic and called  the competition of it "dry land swimming". He believed that combat was spontaneous , and that a martial artist can not predict it, only react to it,  and that a good martial artist should be like water and move fluidly without hesitation. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and extreme speed. Bruce Lee was a master of the martial arts. He was so quick that on film it had to be slowed to slow motion in order to capture his moves! The system of these particular martial arts style works on the system of using different tools for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (kicking, punching, trapping and grappling). The techniques flow smoothly between them. It is referred to as a style without style or the art of fighting without fighting! Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned. It is a philosophy with guiding thoughts.

In 2004 the Bruce Lee Foundation decided to use the name Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do to refer to the martial arts system that Bruce Lee founded. "Jun Fan" was his Chinese given name. I hoped you learned a little more about this style of martial arts and you will stop by Ms. Jenny's and join all the fun!


Denise said...

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Along These Lines ..... said...

There was no one like Bruce.

Jenny said...

I have never even heard this phrase before.

What energy he has!

And his abs ain't bad either! ha!

Thanks for linking.