JEET KUNE DO (JKD) /
JUN FAN GUNG FU
Sijo Bruce Lee's Philosophy
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is an eclectic/hybrid system and philosophy of life founded by martial artist Bruce Lee with direct, non-classical, and straightforward movements. The Bernales Institute's founder and chief instructor, Will Bernales, received his training and certification from Guro Dan Inosanto, who worked and trained directly with Bruce Lee. Our instructors teach the original Jun Fan Gung Fu, as well as the evolution of this system, Jeet Kune Do (JKD). Will Bernales has been studying Inosanto Jeet Kune Do since 1989.
Bruce Lee emphasized what he called "the style of no style." This consisted of getting rid of the formalized approach that Lee claimed was indicative of traditional styles. Lee felt the system he now called Jun Fan Gung Fu was even too restrictive, and his work eventually evolved into a philosophy and martial art he would come to call Jeet Kune Do or the Way of the Intercepting Fist.
JKD practitioners believe in minimal movement with maximum effect. The system works on the use of different "tools" for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (Kicking, Punching, Elbow/Knee Range, Trapping, and Grappling), with techniques flowing smoothly between them. It is referred to as a "style without a style."