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Jeet Kune Do is considered by most martial artists as a mixed martial art because it was created fairly recently and it combines several different techniques and ideas from other more traditional styles. Jeet Kune Do does not have a set range but instead applys various other styles depending on the situation. It incorperates kicks, punches, grabs, trapping, wrestling, and various other techniques. The idea of Jeet Kune Do is that no style is the most superior, so Bruce Lee took all the techniques that work from other styles he encountered and incorperated them into Jeet Kune Do.
This book is compiled from Bruce Lee’s real notes and essays making it an incredible resource for anyone interested Jeet Kune Do. It doesn't get much better then having the creator of the styles actual personal resources when trying to understand the style. Jeet Kune Dos very science and philosophy is explained in detail.
Jeet Kune Do was developed by the famous Bruce Lee. Bruce started out studying in Wing Chung under Yip Man in Hong Kong. Afterwards, he would later branch out to learn various fighting styles and techniques through out his life. When he would encounter a style or technique he found to be effective in real combat, Bruce would incorperate it into his own fighting style. After his death the style was continued by 2 various sects. The original JKD branch claim to teach only what Bruce tought. Taky Kimura, Jerry Poteet, Yap Mat, James Lee, and Ted Wong are some notable teachers of this branch. The JKD concept branch teach the idea individual self expression in order to continue the main philosophy of the art. Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, and Larry Hartsell are some notable teachers of this branch.
Various techniques are depicted through hundreds of illustrations Bruce Lee made himself. This book would not be the best choice for primarily learning the techniques in a "how-to" format. However, it is extreamly rare to have a fighting styles creator's personal notes on that fighting style. If you practice Jeet Kune Do do not pass this book up.
This book is the number 1 best selling book on Jeet Kune Do in the world and for good reason. This book focuses on the techniques of traditional Jun Fan Gung Fu making it easy to understand for martial artists coming to the art from a seperate back ground. Wing Chung martial artists trying to learn Jeet Kune Do in particular do well learning from this book.
Specifically the section in this book about stances and mobility is incredibly clear and easy to understand. The value this holds is immeasurable because all other techniques are based on this foundation. All techniques come with detailed descriptions, as well as numerous drills for training.
This book is the continuation of the book reviewed above.This book continues to expand on the techniques of traditional Jun Fan Gung Fu. Once again Kevin Seaman makes it easy to understand for martial artists coming to the art from a seperate back ground. Wing Chung martial artists trying to learn Jeet Kune Do in particular do well learning from this book.
The real worth of this book comes from its mass amount of techniques presented. It includes several concepts and drills for both individual training and paired training. Easy to understand explinations to how to apply these techniques in real situation also make this a great grab for any martial artist.