The Art of Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do, or "The Way of the Intercepting Fist" was Bruce Lee's™ unique expression of the Martial Arts. In essence it consists of elements from three arts, Wing Chun Gung Fu, Western Boxing and Western Fencing. It can be said that the defining characteristics of Jeet Kune Do are simplicity, directness, and economy of motion.

The following timeline and student list are meant to be a rough guide to the evolution of Jeet Kune Do and do not include all of the individuals who trained with Bruce Lee during his lifetime nor all of the events that took place between 1959 and 1973. Dates are approximate.

A brief timeline

(1959) Bruce arrives in the U.S. with 5 years of Wing Chun under Yip Man
(1959-1962) Teaches a modified version of Wing Chun with techniques from other Gung Fu systems
(1963) Moves to Oakland and adds punching and footwork from Western Boxing
(1964) Moves to Los Angeles to film a television show
(1967) Adds fencing theory to his martial art which spawns the name Jeet Kune Do
(1973) Bruce passes away

Schools and students

Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute™ Seattle
Taki Kimura (instructor), Jesse Glover (first student), Ed Hart, James Demile

Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute™ Oakland
James Lee (instructor), Alan Jo

Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute™ Los Angeles
Dan Inosanto (instructor), Bob Bremer, Dan Lee, Jerry Poteet, Pete Jacobs, Steve Golden


Using No Way As Way?
One of the most famous Bruce Lee quotes referring to our beloved art of Jeet Kune Do is “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation”. Unfortunately, this one quote has been the cause of a great deal of confusion.