Grand Rapids Jeet Kune Do
JKD and Escrima Program in Grand Rapids, MI
Jeet Kune Do is.....
the way of intercepting fist (foot, kick, elbow,
knee, etc). It is an art bound by no style & one that can adapt to any
style or method.
Jon Olsen & Mark Stewart
Jon Olsen is a Level 3 certified JKD instructor under Mark Stewart
Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is the martial art created by Bruce Lee and is primarily inspired from Chinese kung fu, fencing and boxing. Lee felt that a real fight was unpredictable and that most classical styles emphasized dead patterns instead of live and spontaneous training. Lee embarked upon a scientific course, not one that blended styles but one that was born of the idea of non-style, geometry and physics. One as he described as "simple, direct and non-classical".
JKD as the way of the intercepting fist seeks to end a fight as quickly as possible. In JKD, engagement is any touch reference other than the strike itself. So ours is a very aggressive form of non-engagement which is a paradox to most but the true vehicle of understanding and expressing JKD. JKD primarily emphasizes stepping and evading in order to strike without prior touch, secondarily deflecting in order to strike and lastly trapping & grappling in order to strike. For decades following Bruce Lee's death JKD was promoted as the concept of cross training and doing your own thing. This view of JKD gave birth to the creation of many freestyles and hybrids throughout the world. Not a bad thing but not JKD.
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is a signature version of JKD as Bruce taught it privately to Ted Wong. This is a latter time period and places a greater emphasis on elusiveness and simplified trapping techinique unique to Bruce's later approach to conbat.
I stress again have not created or invented any kind of martial art. Jeet Kune Do is derived from what I have learned plus my evolution of it. Thus, my JKD is not confined by any kind of martial arts. On the contrary, I welcome those who like JKD to study it and improve it
- Bruce Lee’s commentaries on the martial way
East West JKD program is under the IJKD/SKDT umbrella and Mark Stewart.
East West JKD program lineage:
Bruce Lee → Ted Wong → Mark Stewart → Jon Olsen
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East West Karate
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