The Art & Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do (JKD)

Bill was taught that the base of JKD is Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu, and that JKD is a philosophy, a way of thinking, a concept, a process of one’s evolution and personal research and development in what works best for the individual. One of the main concepts in this life-long learning philosophy is to “absorb what is useful, to reject what is useless and to add what is specifically your own” in other words to learn, experience and evolve. According to Si Gung Bruce Lee, knowledge in the martial arts ultimately means self-knowledge.

Jun Fan or Lee Jun Fan is the Chinese name of Bruce Lee. Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu represents the training methods originally developed by Si Gung Bruce Lee in the 1960's during his exploration of the principles and theories of JKD. It is a core foundation that can help an individual to discover the concepts of Jeet Kune Do.

With Wing Chun at the core of his system, Si Gung Bruce Lee incorporated a modification of various techniques from Northern Praying Mantis, Southern Praying Mantis, Choy Li Fut, Eagle Claw, Western Boxing, Wrestling, Fencing, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and some of the more refined kicks of the Northern & Southern Chinese styles. Innovative and radically ahead of his time in his training and teaching methodology, Si Gung Bruce Lee developed a martial system and fighting strategy that has lost none of its effectiveness over time.

Emphasizing the ‘ranges of combat’, students are taught to confidently and with ease ‘flow’ from long distance ‘kicking- range’, to middle distance, ‘hand- range’, to close quarter, ‘trapping & grappling range’. Bill approaches each individuals’ development through a ‘phased’ approach to training that also utilizes additional information (cross training) gleaned from the study of boxing, Wing Chun, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai,  NOVA (Mike Lee Seattle method) and Combat Submission Wrestling i.e., using no way as way – using no limitation as limitation.

The Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu classes that Bill teaches are devoted to the innovative teaching and training methods developed by Si Gung Bruce Lee, and preserved and taught to today by his protégé, student and training partner, Sifu Dan Inosanto.

The Filipino Martial Arts

The Filipino Martial Arts have something to benefit everyone. Developed for “mass attack” as well as single opponent confrontations, the training heightens student’s awareness of their surroundings and teaches them to use their environment as tools of combat. Use of left and right hand techniques develop coordination. Drills and techniques taught in a fluid, non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural attributes and improve their sense of timing, speed, awareness, balance, agility, and confidence.

The highly sophisticated and comprehensive martial art from the Philippines is weapon based, but ultimately an empty hand system. Close range fighting incorporates the use of elbows, knees, head butts, punches and kicks. Grappling techniques including locks, chokes, throws, sweeps, and takedowns are also part of the Filipino Arts.
Bill teaches the Filipino martial arts as by taught by Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun is a Chinese system of kung fu that specializes in developing dynamic, explosive and street-oriented practical self-defense.  Originally developed by a woman, it relies on developing leverage and sensitivity rather than muscular strength to overcome an opponent.   Training develops reflex speed, coordination and power to enable someone to quickly and effortlessly dispatch a larger and stronger attacker without relying on size or strength.

Through the use of solo forms, training equipment such as the wooden dummy and focus mitts, as well as two man drills, students develop attributes of body coordination, sensitivity and leverage to apply the principles of Wing Chun in all situations including trapping, grappling and punching/kicking.

Bill teaches Wing Chun Kung Fu as taught by Sifu Francis Fong.