JKD / Jeet Kune Do Battle Creek

Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Kung Fu

Learn JKD or Jeet Kune Do and Jun Fan Kung Fu, Bruce Lee’s original Mixed Martial Art. We combine contemporary and traditional techniques in striking, trapping and grappling to provide a well rounded and complete skillset.

Jeet Kune Do or JKD is an eclectic and hybrid martial art system and philosophy of life founded by the martial artist Bruce Lee (1940–1973) in 1967 with simple and direct, or straightforward, movements and non-classical style. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects and extreme speed. The system works by using different “tools” for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which is kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, where martial artists use techniques to flow smoothly between them. It is often referred to as the father of Mixed Martial Arts, as it was one of the first modern era martial arts to seek skills and techniques that would work based on the need of the practicioner and the situation. Or maybe more appropriately it was a return to what most classical martial arts had originated as, but lost in their codification and ritualizaiton.  It is referred to as “a style without style” or “the art of fighting without fighting” as said by Lee himself. Unlike more traditionalmartial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts.

It was named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking while one’s opponent is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred it as “the art of expressing the human body” in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He called martial art competitions of the day “dry land swimming”. He believed that combat was spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good martial artist should “be like water” and move fluidly without hesitation.

Bruce Lee first began teaching in the US in 1959, teaching his early style known as Jun Fan Kung Fu, literally (Brucle Lee’s Kung Fu). He would later adapt new concepts and techniques into his traiing as he began to identify needs and areas for growth. In 1969 he began teaching Jeet Kund Do, or “the way of the intercepting fist” which was an eclectic blend or mixing of martial arts that Lee found the most effective for combat. It is also represents the evolution of his philosophy towards the arts and life. In 2004, the Bruce Lee Foundation decided to use the name Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (振藩截拳道) to refer to the martial arts system that Lee founded; “Jun Fan” was Lee’s Chinese given name.
At the Mushin Academy of Martial Arts our study of Jeet Kune Do and the original Jun Fan Kung Fu come from a direct lineage to the founder Bruce Lee. Our instructor is a teacher under masters Dan Inosanto of Inosanto Academy and Sifu Rick Faye of the Minnesota Kali Group. JKD is often imitated and many fake instructors have tried to claim to be instructors of the art and its philosophy. Instructor Ray White has been studying legitimate JKD and Jun Fan Kung Fu since 1998.