Tim Tackett Martial Arts History

April 28, 20140 Comments

Tim Tackett became part of the closed “Backyard JKD” group beginning around 1970. Bruce Lee had shut down his L.A. Chinatown school and gave Dan Inosanto permission to teach this private group of about 10 guys. In his very first session there he sparred with two of Bruce Lee’s top students from the Chinatown school, Bob Bremer and Dan Lee.

By the time he met Dan Inosanto and Bruce Lee, Tim had already studied several styles while in Taiwan and opened a Gung Fu school in Redlands, California in 1964.

In 1973, Sifu Inosanto awarded Tim with the rank of Senior 1st and gave him permission to start the now famous “JKD Wednesday Night Group”.

Selected text from the interview:

Q: Was there anybody [in the backyard group] that outshined everybody…?

A: Bob Bremer and Dan Lee were heads and tails above anybody I saw there. Really good. Really, really good.

Q: When you say heads and tails can you explain…?

A: Dan Lee was such a master of broken rhythm. He was the best I’ve seen at broken rhythm – being able to move and he was quick. Some of the guys I never did see spar. [Bob] Bremer was just so in your face – such an athletic, big, strong, fast guy. He was a good athlete. He wasn’t just a brawler, he had a lot of technique.

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Books by Tim Tackett:

  • Chinatown Jeet Kune Do, Volume 2: Training Methods of Bruce Lee’s Martial Art (2010)
  • Chinatown Jeet Kune Do DVD: Essential Elements of Bruce Lee’s Martial Art (2009)
  • Jeet Kune Do: The Textbook (2008)
  • JKD Kickboxing (2008)
  • Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do: The Textbook (1989)
  • Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing (1989)
  • Jeet Kune Do Grappling: Volume 2 (1982)

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