In the 1960s, Bruce Lee created his martial arts style called Jeet Kune Do. Keep reading to know what makes it different from all other forms.
Jeet Kune Do, a martial arts system by Bruce Lee, is different from all other forms of kung fu. This is from four years before Bruce Lee became an international martial arts icon, i.e., in 1967. Bruce Lee srarted Jeet Kune Do after leaving Hong Kong and moving to California.
How did Bruce Lee start his own Martial art form?
In the beginning, Lee learned kung fu from Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The foundation of his Kung fu, Jeet Kune Do, is what he learned from Ip Man. He later began opening his own Kung Fu schools after studying Wing Chun under Ip Man and other martial arts instructors.
Later in the 1960s, Lee was teaching kung fu to anyone willing to learn, including some of the Hollywood celebrities. Actors such as James Garner, Steve McQueen, and James Coburn all became the students of Bruce Lee.
How is Jeet Kune Do different from other Martial Art forms?
Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, which is also goes by the name “The Way of the Intercepting Fist,” differs from all other forms, and it also rejects the tradition. Also, all different kung fu styles are built upon specific moves, stances, and hand positions like the “tiger claw” or the “crane beak.” But, Jeet Kune Do do not follow any of these long-held rules.
Lee always believed that all the kung fu styles were very rigid and strict. So, he needed to develop a manner that would not limit the martial artist in terms of what he could do to counter an attack.
Why is Bruce Lee’s Martial Art form called “Intercepting Fist”?
Jeet Kune Do also called ” Intercepting Fist,” as it puts an emphasis on defense and intercepting attacks, hence the name “Intercepting Fist.” In this, being able to react adequately and to an attack are key. Bruce Lee referred to JKD as “the direct expression of one’s feelings with the minimum of movements and energy.”
One of the main ideas behind Jeet Kune Do is battling an opponent with minimum number and range of moves and with a maximum amount of power at a lightning-fast speed. In short, Jeet Kune Do is a reflection of Bruce Lee’s martial arts philosophy in all sense.
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