L.A. Chinatown (’67 – ’70)

Jun Fan: Liberation – Part 1

December 28, 20150 Comments

This article was written by Sifu Dan Inosanto for IKF Magazine. For a time while he was a student at the University of Washington (circa 1962), Bruce seriously contemplated a nationwide chain of kung-fu schools. Several years later, when his spiraling “Kato” fame would have certainly ensured the success of such a venture, he discarded the […]

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Dan Inosanto: A Burning Desire to Learn

December 8, 20150 Comments

In the martial arts, learning is an art in and of itself. To learn you must experience. Experience is still one of the best teachers. I like the way my Pendakar in Pentjak Silat, Paul De Thouars, puts it: “To know is good, but to understand is better.” Understanding comes from experience. This is why […]

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What’s a “Good” Technique

November 30, 20151 Comment

People always are asking, “Which technique is superior and will one technique beat another?” I also have been asked to write an article on what makes a technique “good.” To be honest with the public and myself, technique is something that takes internalization. You first have to know your capabilities. You have to know what […]

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Dan Inosanto: Original JKD vs JKD Concepts?

November 19, 20151 Comment

If you have followed the art of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do over the years, you have undoubtedly heard of the “controversy” between the Original Jeet Kune Do group versus those who train using the concepts of Jeet Kune Do. In other words, those who use the original structure of what Bruce Lee himself practiced […]

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Extreme Prejudice

November 9, 20150 Comments

This article, “Extreme Prejudice” was written by Sifu Dan Inosanto as part of a monthly column called “In the 20th Century” in IKF magazine in the late 80s. It has always been my goal that through martial arts all cultures could be appreciated and unified in the spirit of brotherhood. This might be considered idealistic […]

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Bruce Lee on styles of martial arts


Posted by Fighting HQ on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dan Inosanto: Follow Your Heart

November 3, 20151 Comment

As Bruce Lee often said, “Jeet Kune Do can become intelligible only in the process of self-discovery.” It must be remembered that for Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do was not an end unto itself, but merely a byproduct. Jeet Kune Do was to serve as a means of self-discovery. In other words, Jeet Kune Do […]

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Full Contact Sparring in JKD

October 29, 20150 Comments

Classical JKD: Full-Contact Sparring by Sifu Ted Wong. In most traditional kung-fu systems, the instructor requires the student to stand in a horse stance for much of the first six months. Bruce had a dim view of this, noting that it was very good for strengthening the legs and for developing patience and self-discipline, but […]

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Single Direct Attack: JKD’s One-Punch KO

October 26, 20150 Comments

Bruce Lee believed if one perfect punch can end a violent encounter, why fool with more. Many martial artists have studied Bruce Lee’s analysis of combat, into five ways, or methods, of attack. Many practitioners utilize most of these five ways: ABC (attack by combination); ABD (attack by drawing); PIA (progressive indirect attack); and HIA […]

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Bruce Lee’s Ranking Systems

October 16, 20150 Comments

There was no ranking in ‘classical gung-fu’, but a color ranking system based on the Yin/Yang symbol had been devised by Lee Jun Fan (Bruce Lee). There are eight ranks in the Jun Fan system and in Jeet Kune Do. Bruce lee used the following ranking system from 1965 to about 1968. This was both […]

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Dan Inosanto on Ranking in Jeet Kune Do

October 13, 20150 Comments

Sifu Inosanto Sets the Record Straight Sifu Dan Inosanto tries to calm the confusion running rampant within JKD circles. He says if you didn’t study with Bruce Lee, you can’t call it Jeet Kune Do. By Dan Inosanto While Bruce Lee was alive, there were only three individuals who were ever certified and authorized by […]

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