JKD/MMA Concepts



“Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style, it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or means which serve its end.”   -Bruce Lee

Jeet Kune Do (JKD) translates to “The Way of the Intercepting Fist”. It is the philosophy and concepts-based approach to fighting developed by Bruce Lee, resulting from Lee’s personal detailed research of numerous fighting styles. It is intended to be a method or process subject to evolution and growth, rather than a set and unchanging “style” or collection of techniques. Because of this, Bruce Lee is considered to be the father of the concept of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

In his quest to find the most direct and economical approach to combat, Bruce Lee discovered certain concepts that apply regardless of style. These concepts include non-telegraphic motion, timing, balance, speed, economy of motion, etc. Lee believed that for a student to progress, she or he must start from the existing principles or concepts, add their own experience, and then try to improve upon them.

Bruce Lee believed that “style” is determined by an individual’s expression of their own creativity and attributes. Through exposure to many different arts and the application of JKD concepts, the student develops the self and learns to express the self in a unique way, eventually mastering his or her own “style”.


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