Objectives of the Hearst Academy of Martial Arts

  • to explore human combat in a ‘safe’ environment where the ‘process’ of individual learning is emphasized;

  • to encourage and explore the use of individual and group dynamics when training;

  • to utilize the principles of ‘learning theory’ when training;


  • to encourage the exploration of other martial arts (and exercise science techniques) for personal growth;

  • to acknowledge and promote the origin of the arts i.e., history, culture, lineage;

  • to encourage physical, mental (psychological and emotional) and spiritual growth;

  • to present the arts, as taught by SiFu/ Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto within a private and/or group setting, with love, honour, compassion, humility and respect (with all our strengths and limitations).

A Few Words about JKD

  • Its concepts cannot be confined within a system – to understand this a martial artist must transcend the duality of the ‘for’ and ‘against’ and reach a unity which is without distinction – the understanding of JKD is a direct intuition of this unity. Truth cannot be perceived until we have come to a full understanding of ourselves and our potential. Knowledge in the martial arts ultimately means self-knowledge

  • JKD is not a new style of Karate or Kung Fu – Si Gung Lee’s main concept was to free his followers from clinging to style, pattern or mold.

  • JKD has a progressive approach to its training but many people mistake JKD for a composite style, because of its efficiency. Efficiency of style depends upon circumstances and range of distance. The important factor is not technique, but the range of its effectiveness.

  • According to Si Gung Lee, truth is a pathless road: thus JKD is not an organization or an institution of which one can be a member. “Either you understand or you don’t, and that is that,”

  • Truth exists outside of all molds and patterns. To quote Si Gung “Jeet June Do is just a name, a boat to get across the river. Once across, it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one’s back.”

  • According to Si Gung, a teacher is not a giver of truth: he is merely a guide to the truth and the student must discover the truth for himself.” Above everything else, you must find your own way. “Your truth is not my truth and my truth is not yours.”