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Black Phoenix Martial Arts JEET KUNE DO Student Manual 2014
Black Phoenix Martial Arts JEET KUNE DO Student Manual 2014
Welcome Letter………………………………………………………...............5
Phase Progression……………………………………………………………….8
Who is Bruce Lee?...................................................................................11
The Game of Death ……………………………………………………..14
Dan Inosanto …………………………………………………………….16
What is Jeet Kune Do?............................................................................19
The Birth of Jeet Kune Do………………………………………………….….20
Bruce Lee’s Philosophy………………………………………………………..21
Modern JKD Philosophy……………………………………………………....22
Principles of Jeet Kune Do…………………………………………………....25
The Straight Lead
Non-telegraphed Punch
Be Like Water
Economy Of Motion
Stop Hits and Stop Kicks
Simultaneous Parrying and Punching
Low Kicks
Four Ranges of Combat
Five Ways of Attack
Center Line
Combat Realism
Absorbing What is Useful, Discarding What is Useless………………….33
Branches (of Jeet Kune Do) …………………………………………………34
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Additional JKD Principles ……………………………………………….…..37
3 Stages of Learning Jeet Kune Do ………………………………………..39
Explaining The Jeet Kune Do Symbol …………………………………..…40
Explaining The 3 Cantonese Characters ………………………………....43
Explaining The Black Phoenix Logo ………………………………………..44
Common Cantonese Terms Used in JKD ………………………………...45
General Terms
Hand Strike Terms
Hand Defense Terms
Kicking Terms
Common Philippino Terms Used in Kali …………………………….……47
General Terms
Stick/Knife Related Terms
Motions Terms
Stick / Knife Motions
Hand Motions
Drill Related Terms
Knife Grips
About Your Chief Instructor …………………………………………..……50
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Congratulations on beginning your studies in Jeet Kune Do
with us. You will be exposed to many different Martial Arts,
from several different cultures as you progress through our
Phase Classes.
Much like pieces to a puzzle, you will
study different aspects of self-defense (fighting) as if they
were pieces to that puzzle. You will discover that each
piece has a ‘best use’ application and you will learn how to
use it appropriately, regarding that application. Sure you
can kick, but when, where, and how is of utmost
importance. This is one of the many lessons Sijo Bruce
Lee taught to Dan Inosanto, who taught it to Paul Vunak,
who in turn taught it to me. This is called ‘Functionalizing
your techniques.’
The studies of Martial Arts have grown by leaps and bounds in the years since Bruce
Lee. Today, the Martial Arts have been mixed freely. But you should understand – that
was NOT the case during the days of Sijo Bruce Lee. He actually was the pioneer of
mixing different arts and finding which art had the best technique for a particular
Thanks to Sijo Bruce, we now know that studying many Arts at once is the best way to
develop our self-defense skills.
During your training here at Black Phoenix Martial Arts, you will need to keep a
notebook! Every week, you will be given handouts (in person and/or by email) that will
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help facilitate your learning. There’s a lot of material and you WILL need to refer to your
notes to reinforce your learning from time to time.
Jeet Kune Do is constantly evolving. Not because it’s just ‘all over the place’; but
because it is a Philosophy more-so than an Art. It is an ‘approach to combat’ more so
than a ‘Combative Art’ itself. If this is the first time you’ve heard that, or if that doesn’t
seem to make too much sense to you – just keep studying. It will make sense to you in
I hope to act as a guide, and as a coach, not as the holders of some ancient secret. I
have tons of information – a lot of it, I have forgotten. But please feel free to ask me
questions and be curious with your new skills. Not only should you know a technique,
you should know how it works, as well as, how it doesn’t work … and why and why not.
Beyond all else, train friendly and safely.
In Health,
Sifu Khalil S. Shabazz
Founder / Chief Instructor
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The Black Phoenix Jeet Kune Do curriculum is very diverse, yet – all Arts have a
specific purpose for their integration. To become a complete Jeet Kune Do practitioner
you will learn from a variety of Arts. This includes, but not limited to:
Jun Fan Kick Boxing – The original stand-up aspect of Jeet Kune Do.
PFS (Progressive Fighting System) – Paul Vunak’s system of Contemporary Jeet
Kune Do. While training Navy Seal Team 6, Sifu Vunak created Rapid Assault
Tactics (R.A.T.) This includes the street fight game plan developed by Sifu
Panantukan – The boxing component of Filipino martial arts. It consists of upperbody striking techniques such as punches, elbows, head-butts and shoulder
Pananjakman – The kicking component of Filipino martial arts. It includes lowline kicks and knee strikes to the legs, shins, and groin.
Thai Boxing – Thailand’s national combat Art. It is also known as "the art of eight
limbs" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees,
and feet.
Wing Chun - Is a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense
utilizing both striking and grappling while specializing in real world, close-range
combat. It is also the base art Bruce Lee used as a foundation for Jeet Kune Do.
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – The personal style of Jiu-Jitsu created by Carlos Gracie was
created in Brazil in the early 1900's by Carlos Gracie. This is NOT BJJ, which is
the sport application. GJJ was created for street application.
Kina-mutai - is a specialized sub-section of some Filipino martial arts that
emphasizes biting and also covers eye-gouging.
Kali – is a traditional martial art of the Philippines ("Filipino Martial Arts," or FMA)
that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed
weapons, and various improvised weapons.
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Our system of progress is measured in 4 Phases. Your progress through these Phases
will be determined by your level of interest, training commitment, personality, and
overall ability to execute the material.
Within each Phase, there are 3 Levels. The Levels, as well as the Phases overlap to
some degree to facilitate a smooth transition in learning. The higher you go into the
Phases, the more nuanced and detailed; yet fluid and blurred the lines between levels
The Phases are as such:
Phase 1 is your introduction to Jeet Kune Do as taught at Black Phoenix Martial Arts &
Fitness Academy. This fun and challenging phase contains the base for your
development in JKD.
The Phase 1 curriculum is designed to expose you to the primary arts we teach,
develop an effective defensive structure, and develop the ability to generate an offense.
This curriculum comes mostly from the Jun Fan Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Thai boxing &
Progressing through the 3 Levels of Phase 1 (P1.L1; P1.L2; & P1.L3) you will focus on
your body mechanics, sensitivity, coordination and technical base. You will also begin
learning the philosophy of Bruce Lee and the historical framework that lead to the
evolution of Jeet Kune Do.
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Once you pass the Phase 1.3 test, you are welcome to join the Phase 2 class. As the
curriculum and goal of each class is different, Phase 2 and 3 students are still
encouraged to attend Phase 1 classes.
The most exciting part of your development! Entry into Phase 2 starts you on the fun
and challenging journey to Intermediate Level student (P2.L1). The more sophisticated
and technical aspects of each art are developed at this phase. Speed and Fluidity are
emphasized in Phase 2. Hand and foot trapping, limb destructions and joint locks will all
be taught using drills from Kali, Wing Chun and Chin Na in Phase 2.
Bruce Lee
philosophy is expounded at this phase, becoming more nuanced yet clear.
The goal of Phase 2 is to learn to read and respond to your opponent’s offense,
structure and energy with very little thinking. The drills and training methods in this
phase can be enjoyed, refined and developed over your lifetime and can be practiced at
any age. As you test through the 3 levels of Phase 2 (P2.L1; P2.L2; P2.L3.) you will
experience many of functional sparring exercises, as well as, cooperative and
competitive drills from Kali, Wing Chun, BJJ, Thai Boxing and Jun Fan/JKD will bring
you to Phase 3 and to your development as an ‘advanced’ student.
Once you are admitted into Phase 3, your learning and martial arts skills will skyrocket!
These are the classes and trainings that develop the advanced students and instructors.
You will begin to develop your sensitivity, and reaction time. Here you will come to feel
more-so than think.
You will learn to adapt to different opponents, styles, speeds and ranges. As your skills
come together to represent the complete martial artist, you will improve your sense of
distance, timing, rhythm and flow. Bruce Lee’s JKD concepts and philosophy guide you
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through advanced levels of Kali, Wing Chun, Jun Fan, Muay Thai, BJJ, Chin Na and
Panantukan. The three levels of testing through Phase 3 will bring you to Phase 4.
One of the most challenging and exciting parts of your development! In this phase you
will be encouraged to follow your personal interests and specialize in a specific area of
your art. This is what is meant by finding your own personal Jeet Kune Do. This is how
you honestly express yourself. Your specialization and development can be discussed
between you and I, whether it be mastery of a single art, instructorship, community
outreach such as a youth mentorship program; each advanced student is encouraged to
find a way to put their skills to great use.
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Bruce Lee (born Lee Jun-fan; 27 November
1940 – 20 July 1973)
interview at age 24.)
was a Hong Kong American
martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor,
martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and the
founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of
Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is
widely considered by commentators, critics,
media and other martial artists to be one of the
most influential martial artists of all time, and a
pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often
credited with helping to change the way Asians
were presented in American films.
Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on 27 November 1940 to parents
from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was
introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child
actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education,
at the University of Washington, and it was during this time that he began teaching
martial arts.
His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong
martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in
Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films
changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in Hong Kong and the rest of
the world.
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Bruce Lee is noted for his roles in only five feature-length films. Click
The Big Boss (1971) aka in the US as Fist of Fury
Fist of Fury (1972) aka in US as Chinese Connection
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for Video Clip:
Way of the Dragon (1972), aka in US as Return of the Dragon directed
and written by Bruce Lee; the ONLY movie where Chuck Norris loses a fight and
he loses to Bruce Lee.
Enter the Dragon (1973) the first big budget American Film with a Chinese
lead actor. Bruce Lee’s biggest grossing film.
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The Game of Death (1973) Bruce Lee passes away before completing.
Game of Death is my personal favorite Bruce Lee film in spite of the choppy ‘cut and
paste’ production that was done after Bruce Lee’s death.
I love this movie because of what it represents. It is a film version of Jeet Kune Do!
When you watch the film, most notably the climatic fight scenes at the end, Bruce Lee
(playing Billy Lo) has to fight his way up several floors of a Pagoda to save his fiancé.
There are 5 levels in the pagoda and it is guarded by martial artist, all of different skills
representing different arts. Bruce and his 2 allies get through the base and the first 2
floors of the pagoda. Not much is shown on how this is done due to lack of surviving
and/or never shot footage. But this is what the original script called for.
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The first floor was to be guarded by none other than Hwang In-Shik, one of the foremost
Korean Hapkido teachers today. He was approached about the role the week that
Bruce Lee died. His part was never shot; however, he was in Way of The Dragon as a
Japanese Karate Master where he fought Bruce Lee. Click images for Video Clip
The second floor was to be guarded by Bruce Lee student, Taky Kamura. As guardian
of the Second Floor he was to be a master of the Praying Mantis Kung Fu style.
However, the footage shot was never used in the final version of the film. Click images for
Video Clip
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The next 3 Floors are in the final cut of the movie. However, Bruce was such a
perfectionist, a lot of the footage that was actually shot was not used. These scenes
have since been re-mastered and issued to the general public on DVD.
After going through the base and the first two floors of the pagoda; Bruce and his 2
allies face off against the third floor guardian. Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s number 1
student and training partner).
theme continues.
Inosanto is a master of Filipino Martial Arts. Thus, the
Bruce Lee has to adapt to that style of fighting and exploit its
weaknesses to defeat him.
On a greater note, the part that Guro Dan Inosanto has played and continues to play in,
first helping Bruce Lee develop what was to become Jeet Kune Do, and second in
promoting Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do since Sijo Bruce’s passing cannot be
overstated. If it was not for Guro Dan Inosanto, Jeet Kune Do and the legacy of Bruce
Lee would realistically be lost to the annuls of time.
Guro Dan Inosanto is also the Teacher of my Teacher, Sifu Paul Vunak of Fighting.net
Click Images for Video Clips
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After defeating Inosanto, they then faced the fourth floor guardian, Ji Han-Jae, a master
of Hapkido. Here again, Bruce Lee has to adapt to that style of fighting and exploit its
weaknesses to defeat him. Click Images for Video Clips
And finally we come to the man is the fifth floor guardian. This guardian was Kareem
Abdul Jabbar, another real life student of Bruce Lee. Click Images for Video Clip
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This was Billy Lo’s (Bruce Lee) most difficult fight because he could not figure out how
to fight him.
He couldn’t pin-point his style.
All of his previous opponents had
predictable styles complete with traditional uniforms which screamed how they fought.
But this guardian used a style similar to Billy Lo. It was a similar free flowing style that
was not predictable nor bound by any formal rules. There was NOTHING traditional
about this guardian. This is Jeet Kune Do!
But DO NOT get it confused as many ‘extras’ on the movie set did.
They thought Bruce Lee was ‘just an actor’ and they would challenge him to fight very
often. These challenges would take place right on the movie set during breaks from
They quickly learned that Bruce Lee was a martial artist who became an actor – not the
other way around.
Initially he trained in Wing Chun under Ip Man
and Western Boxing, but later rejected well-defined martial art
styles, favoring instead the use of techniques from various
sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy,
which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting
Bruce Lee died in an area in Hong Kong known as ‘Kowloon
Tong’ on 20 July 1973 at the age of 32.
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Jeet Kune Do (roughly translated from
Cantonese to: “Way of the Interception
(Click for vid of Bruce Lee in the t.v.
show “Longstreet” explaining JKD)
JKD is a fighting system and philosophy
of life founded by martial artist Bruce Lee
with a simple, direct (or straight-forward
movements) and non-classical style. Due
to the way his style works, Jeet Kune Do
practitioners believe in minimal movement
with maximum effect and extreme speed. The system works on the use of different
'tools' for different situations. These situations are broken down into ranges (kicking,
punching, trapping and grappling), with techniques flowing smoothly between them. It is
referred to as a "style without style" or "the art of fighting without fighting" as said by
Bruce Lee himself.
Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a
philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the concept of interception, or
attacking your opponent while he is about to attack. However, the name Jeet Kune Do
was often said by Bruce Lee to be just a name. He himself often referred to it as "The
Art of Expressing the Human Body" in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies
Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid, and unrealistic. He called martial
art competitions of the day "Dry land swimming". He believed that combat was
spontaneous, and that a martial artist cannot predict it, only react to it, and that a good
martial artist should "Be like water" and move fluidly without hesitation.
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Jeet Kune Do originated in 1965. A controversial match with Wong Jack Man heavily
influenced Bruce Lee's philosophy about marital arts. After about three minutes of
combat (some say 20 - 25 min), Wong Jack Man conceded. Lee concluded that the fight
had lasted too long and that he had failed to live up to his potential using his Wing Chun
techniques. He took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were too rigid and
formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. He decided to develop a
system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". He started to
use different methods of training such as weight training for strength, running for
endurance, stretching for flexibility, and many others which he constantly adapted.
Bruce Lee emphasized what he called "the style of no style". This consisted of getting
rid of the formalized approach which he claimed was indicative of traditional styles.
Bruce Lee felt the system he now called Jun Fan Gung Fu was even too restrictive, and
eventually evolved into a philosophy and martial art he would come to call Jeet Kune Do
or the Way of the Intercepting Fist. It is a term he would later regret because Jeet Kune
Do implied specific parameters that styles bring whereas the idea of his martial art was
to exist outside of parameters and limitations.
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Originally, when Lee began researching various fighting styles, he gave his martial art
his own name of Jun Fan Gung Fu. However not wanting to create another style that
would share the limitations that all styles have, he instead gave us the process that
created it.
Bruce Lee said:
I have not invented a "new style," composite, modified or otherwise that is set within
distinct form as apart from "this" method or "that" method. On the contrary, I hope to
free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune
Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see "ourselves". . . Jeet Kune Do is not
an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you
don't, and that is that. There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple,
direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every
movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I
always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune-Do is simply the direct
expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to
the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a Jeet Kune
Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is
still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary
pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its
limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and
awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name
used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be
carried on one's back.
“Bruce Lee”
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JKD as it survives today” if one wants to view it "refined" as a product, not a process” is
what was left at the time of Bruce Lee's death. It is the result of the life-long martial arts
development process Lee went through. Bruce Lee stated that his concept is not an
"adding to" of more and more things on top of each other to form a system, but rather, a
winnowing out. The metaphor Lee borrowed from Chan Buddhism was of constantly
filling a cup with water, and then emptying it, used for describing Lee's philosophy of
"casting off what is useless". He also used the sculptor's mentality of beginning with a
lump of clay and hacking away at the "inessentials"; the end result was what he
considered to be the bare combat essentials, or JKD.
The core concepts of JKD are derived from Wing Chun. This includes such ideas as
centerline control, vertical punching, trapping, and forward pressure. Through his
personal research and readings, Bruce Lee also incorporated ideas from Western
boxing and fencing. Later during the development of Jeet Kune Do, he would expand to
include the art for personal development, not just to become a better fighter. To
illustrate Bruce Lee's views, in a 1971 Black Belt Magazine article, he said "Let it be
understood once and for all that I have NOT invented a new style, composite or
modification. I have in no way set Jeet Kune Do within a distinct form governed by laws
that distinguish it from 'this' style or 'that' method. On the contrary, I hope to free my
comrades from bondage to styles, patterns and doctrines."
One of the theories of JKD is that a fighter should do whatever is necessary to defend
himself, regardless of where the techniques come from. One of Bruce Lee's goals in
Jeet Kune Do was to break down what he claimed were limiting factors in traditional
martial arts training, and seek a fighting thesis which he believed could only be found
within the reality of a fight. Jeet Kune Do is currently seen as the genesis of the modern
state of hybrid martial arts (MMA).
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Jeet Kune Do not only advocates the combination of aspects of different styles, it also
can change many of those aspects that it adopts to suit the abilities of the practitioner.
Additionally, JKD advocates that any practitioner be allowed to interpret techniques for
themselves, and change them for their own purposes. For example, Lee almost always
chose to put his power hand in the "lead," with his weaker hand back, within this stance
he used elements of Boxing, Fencing and Wing Chun. Just like fencing, he labelled this
position the "On Guard" position. Lee incorporated this position into his JKD as he felt it
provided the best overall mobility. He felt that the dominant or strongest hand should be
in the lead because it would perform a greater percentage of the work. Lee minimized
the use of other stances except when circumstances warranted such actions. Although
the On-Guard position is a good overall stance, it is by no means the only one. He
acknowledged that there were times when other positions should be utilized.
Lee felt the dynamic property of JKD was what enabled its practitioners to adapt to the
constant changes and fluctuations of live combat. He believed that these decisions
should be done within the context of "real combat" and/or "all out sparring" and that it
was only in this environment that a person could actually deem a technique worthy of
Bruce Lee did not stress the memorization of solo training forms or "Kata", as most
traditional styles do in their beginning-level training. He often compared doing forms
without an opponent to attempting to learn to swim on dry land. Lee believed that real
combat was alive and dynamic. Circumstances in a fight change from millisecond to
millisecond, and thus pre-arranged patterns and techniques are not adequate in dealing
with such a changing situation. As an anecdote to this thinking, Lee once wrote an
epitaph which read: 'In memory of a once fluid man, crammed and distorted by the
classical mess.' The "classical mess" in this instance was what Lee thought of classical
martial arts.
Bruce Lee's comments and methods were seen as controversial by many in his time,
and still are today. Many teachers from traditional schools disagreed with his opinions
on these issues.
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The notion of cross training in Jeet Kune Do is similar to the practice of Mixed Martial
Arts (MMA) in modern times” Bruce Lee has been considered by UFC president Dana
White as the "Father of mixed Martial Arts"
. Many consider Jeet Kune Do to be the
precursor of MMA because of its syncretic nature. This is particularly the case with
respect to the JKD "Combat Ranges". A JKD student is expected to learn various
combat systems within each combat range, and thus to be effective in all of them, just
as in MMA.
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The following are principles that Lee incorporated into his Jeet Kune Do. Lee felt these
were universal combat truths that were self-evident, and would lead to combat success
if followed. Familiarity with each of the "Four ranges of combat", in particular, is thought
to be instrumental in becoming a "total" martial artist.
JKD teaches that the best defense is a strong offence, hence the principle of an
"intercepting fist". For a person to attack another hand-to-hand, the attacker must
approach the target. This provides an opportunity for the attacked person to "intercept"
the attacking movement. The principle of interception may be applied to more than
intercepting physical attacks. Non-verbal cues (subtle movements that an opponent
may be unaware of) may be perceived or "intercepted", and thus be used to one's
The "Five ways of attack", categories which help JKD practitioners organize their
fighting repertoire; comprise the offensive teachings of JKD. The concepts of "Stop hits
& stop kicks", and "Simultaneous parrying & punching", borrowed from épée fencing's
and Wing Chun's concepts of single fluid motions which attack while defending,
comprise the defensive teachings of JKD. These concepts were modified for unarmed
combat and implemented into the JKD framework by Bruce Lee, to complement the
principle of interception.
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Bruce Lee felt that the straight lead was the most
integral part of Jeet Kune Do punching, "The
leading straight punch is the backbone of all
punching in Jeet Kune Do". The straight lead is not
a power strike but a strike built for speed. The
straight lead should always be held loosely with a
slight motion, this adds to its speed and makes it
harder to see and block. The strike is not only the
fastest punch in JKD, but also the most accurate.
The speed is attributed to the fact that the fist is held out slightly making it closer to the
target and its accuracy is gained from the punch being thrown straight forward from your
centerline. The straight lead should be held and thrown loosely and easily tightening up
only upon impact adding a snap to your punch. The straight lead punch can be thrown
from multiple angles and levels. 1. High straight lead 2. Medium straight lead (to body)
3. Low straight lead 4. Slanting right 5. Slanting left 6. Double straight lead "Your leads
hand should be like greased lightning and must never be held rigidly or motionless.
Keep it slightly moving (without exaggeration) in a threatening manner, as it not only
keeps your opponent on edge, but can also be delivered faster from motion than from
immobility. Like a cobra, your strike should be felt before it is seen".
Lee felt explosive attacks with no telegraphing signs of intention were best. He
displayed that the attacks should catch the opponent off guard, throwing them off
balance, leaving the opponent unable to defend against further attacks. "The concept
behind this is that when you initiate your punch without any forewarning, such as
tensing your shoulders or moving your foot or body, the opponent will not have enough
time to react". The key is that you must keep your body and arms loose, weaving your
arms slightly only becoming tense upon impact. Lee wanted no wind up movements or
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"get ready poses" before any of your strikes were thrown. Lee explained that any
twitches or slight movements before striking should be avoided as they will give the
opponent signs or hints as to what you are planning and then they will be able to strike
you first while you are preparing an attack. Consequently, non-telegraphed movement is
an essential part of Jeet Kune Do philosophy.
Lee emphasized that every situation, in fighting or in everyday life, is varied. To obtain
victory, therefore, it is essential not to be rigid, but to be fluid and able to adapt to any
situation. He compared it to being like water.
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Bruce Lee’s theory behind this is rather simple. You must be able to function in any
scenario you are thrown into and you should react accordingly. You should know when
to speed up or slow down, when to expand and when to contract, when to remain
flowing and when to crash. It is the awareness that both life and fighting can be
shapeless and ever changing that allows one to be able to adapt to those changes
instantaneously and bring forth the appropriate solution. Lee didn’t believe in "styles"
and felt that everyone and every situation is different and not everyone fits into a mold,
we must remain flexible in order obtain new knowledge and victory in both life and
combat. We must never become stagnant in the mind or method always evolving and
moving towards improving ourselves.
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Jeet Kune Do seeks to waste no time or movement, teaching that the simplest things
work best as in Wing Chun. Economy of motion is the principle by which JKD
practitioners achieve:
Efficiency: An attack which reaches its target in the least amount of time, with
maximum force.
Directness: Doing what comes naturally in a disciplined way.
Simplicity: Thinking in an uncomplicated manner; without ornamentation.
This is meant to help a practitioner conserve both energy and time; two crucial
components in a physical confrontation. Maximized force seeks to end the battle quickly
due to the amount of damage inflicted upon the opponent. Rapidity aims to reach the
target before the opponent can react, which is half-beat faster timing, learned in Wing
Chun and Western boxing. Learned techniques are utilized in JKD to apply these
principles to a variety of situations.
"When the distance is wide, the attacking opponent requires some sort of preparation.
Therefore, attack him on his preparation of attack." "To reach me, you must move to
me. Your attack offers me an opportunity to intercept you." This means intercepting an
opponent's attack with an attack of your own instead of a simple block. It is for this
concept Jeet Kune Do is named. JKD practitioners believe that this is the most difficult
defensive skill to develop. This strategy is a feature of some traditional Chinese martial
arts as wing chun, as well as an essential component of European épée fencing. Stop
hits & kicks utilize the principle of economy of motion by combining attack and defense
into one movement thus minimizing the "time" element.
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When confronting an incoming attack, the attack is parried or deflected and a
counterattack is delivered at the same time. Not as advanced as a stop hit but more
effective than blocking and counterattacking in sequence. This is practiced by some
Chinese martial arts as wing chun etc., it is also known in Krav Maga as "bursting".
Simultaneous parrying & punching utilizes the principle of economy of motion by
combining attack and defense into one movement thus minimizing the "time" element
and maximizing the "energy" element. Efficiency is gained by utilizing a parry rather
than a block. By definition a "block" stops an attack whereas a parry merely re-directs
an attack. Redirection has two advantages: 1) It requires less energy to execute; 2) It
utilizes the opponents’ energy against them by creating an imbalance. Efficiency is
gained in that the opponent has less time to react to an incoming attack, since they are
still nullifying the original attack.
JKD practitioners believe they should target their kicks to their opponent's shins; knees,
thighs, and midsection like in wing chun. These targets are the closest to the foot,
provide more stability and are more difficult to defend against. Maintaining low kicks
utilizes the principle of economy of motion by reducing the distance a kick must travel
thus minimizing the "time" element. However, as with all other JKD principles nothing is
"written in stone". If a target of opportunity presents itself, even a target above the waist,
one could take advantage of the situation without feeling hampered by this principle.
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Jeet Kune Do students train in each of the aforementioned ranges equally. According to
Lee, this range of training serves to differentiate JKD from other martial arts. Lee stated
that most but not all traditional martial arts systems specialize in training at one or two
ranges. Bruce Lee's theories have been especially influential and substantiated in the
field of Mixed Martial Arts, as the MMA Phases of Combat are essentially the same
concept as the JKD combat ranges. As a historical note, the ranges in JKD have
evolved over time. Initially the ranges were categorized as short or close, medium, and
long range. These terms proved ambiguous and eventually evolved into their more
descriptive forms although there may still be others who prefer the three categories.
The Original Five Ways of Attack Are:
1. Single Direct Attack (SDA)
2. Attack By Combination (ABC)
3. Progressive Indirect Attack (PIA)
4. (Hand) Immobilization Attack (HIA)
5. Attack by Drawing (ABD)
SDA has been expanded to include:
Simple Angle Attack (S.A.A): The simple angle attack is the use of any “Simple
Attack”, an attack that has direct line of fire that is exploited by faking or beating
an opponent to the punch, from an unexpected angle. The S.A.A can be set up
by either feinting or readjusting the distance with footwork.
Hand Immobilization Attack (HIA) has been expanded to also encompass foot
immobilization techniques and is sometimes just referred to as IA. Immobilization
Attack (I.A): The immobilization attack is the effective use of “Trapping”. Trapping
is a method of attack that results in the holding down of an opponent’s hand or
leg providing a safe route of attack. The trapping prevents the opponent from
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moving the body parts needed for defense, leaving them “trapped” and their body
or face open for multiple strikes.
Progressive Indirect Attack (P.I.A): The progressive indirect attack is similar to a
“simple attack” except there is not a committed fake or feint. The P.I.A is an
uncommitted thrust motion that forces your opponent to move in defense as you
exploit the predetermined open area.
Attack by Combination (A.B.C) Attack by combination is a series of punches and
or kicks that follows a particular sequence to create openings or “Setups” in your
opponent’s defense. The “setup” is created by the series of punches and or kicks
maneuvering the opponent into a position to receive a knockout blow.
Attack by Drawing (A.B.D) The attack by drawing method is executed when you
are able to make your opponent believe there is an opening or weak spot in your
defense. When your opponent tries to attack this area he creates his own
opening or weak point and you attack that area, completely catching them off
The centerline is an imaginary line drawn vertically along the center of a standing
human body, and refers to the space directly in front of that body. The Wing Chun
concept is to exploit, control and dominate an opponent's centerline. All attacks,
defenses, and footwork are designed to guard your own centerline while entering your
opponent's centerline space. Bruce Lee incorporated this theory into JKD from his Sifu
Ip Man's Wing Chun. This notion is closely related to maintaining control of the center
squares in the strategic game of chess.
The three guidelines for centerline are:
The one who controls the centerline will control the fight.
Protect and maintain your own centerline while you control and exploit your
Control the centerline by occupying it.
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One of the premises that Bruce Lee incorporated in Jeet Kune Do was "combat
realism". He insisted that martial arts techniques should be incorporated based upon
their effectiveness in real combat situations. This would differentiate JKD from other
systems where there was an emphasis on "flowery technique" as He would put it. Lee
claimed that flashy "flowery techniques" would arguably "look good" but were often not
practical or proves ineffective in street survival and self-defense situations. This premise
would differentiate JKD from other "sport" oriented martial arts systems that were
geared towards "tournament" or "point systems". Lee felt that these systems were
"artificial" and fooled its practitioners into a false sense of true martial skill. Lee felt that
because these systems favored a "sports" approach they incorporated too many rule
sets that would ultimately handicap a practitioner in self-defense situations. He felt that
this approach to martial arts became a "game of tag" which would lead to bad habits
such as pulling punches and other attacks; this would again lead to disastrous
consequences in real world situations. Another aspect of realistic martial arts training
fundamental to JKD is what Lee referred to as "aliveness". This is the concept of
training techniques with an unwilling assistant who offers resistance. Lee made a
reference to this concept in his famous quote "Boards don't hit back!"
Because of this
perspective of realism and aliveness, Lee utilized safety gear from various other contact
sports to allow him to spar with opponents "full out". This approach to training allowed
practitioners to come as close as possible to real combat situations with a high degree
of safety.
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This is the idea that a martial artist can only learn techniques in their proper context,
through a holistic approach. Styles provide more than just techniques: They offer
training methods, theories, and mental attitudes. Learning these factors allows a student
to experience a system in what Lee called its "totality". Only through learning a system
completely will an artist be able to, "absorb what is useful," and discard the remainder.
Real combat training situations allow the student to learn what works, and what doesn't.
The critical point of this principle is that the choice of what to keep is based on personal
experimentation with various opponents over time. It is not based on how a technique
may look or feel, or how precisely the artist can mimic tradition. In the final analysis, if
the technique is not beneficial in combat, it is discarded. Lee believed that only the
individual could come to understand what worked; based on critical self-analysis, and
by, "honestly expressing oneself, without lying to one-self."
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Although Lee officially closed his martial arts schools two years before his death, he
allowed his curriculum to be taught privately. Since his death, Jeet Kune Do is argued to
have split into different groups. Allegedly they are:
The Original (or Jun Fan) JKD branch, whose proponents include Taky Kimura,
James Yimm Lee, Jerry Poteet, and Ted Wong; these groups teach what was
developed and taught by Lee, and encourage the student to further develop his
or her self and abilities through those teachings. The inherent training principles
of this branch are shaped by the concepts of what was "originally taught", by Lee,
which does include concepts that are often misused and misunderstood. Some
argue these theories are merely viewed in different contexts by the two branches.
The JKD Concepts branch, whose proponents include Dan Inosanto, Richard
Bustillo, Larry Hartsell; these groups strive to continue the philosophy of
individual self-expression through re-interpretation of combat systems through
the lens of Jeet Kune Do, under the concept that it was never meant to be a
static art but rather an ongoing evolution, and have incorporated elements from
many other martial arts into the main fold of its teachings (most notably,
grappling and Kali / Escrima material) based on the individual's personal
preferences and physical attributes. The entire "system" can be described
through a simple diagram, and the concepts can then be applied to a variety of
contexts in a "universal" way.
As far as it is known, Lee himself authorized only one person to teach Jeet Kune Do:
Daniel Inosanto, who achieved 3rd rank in JKD. Ted Wong, Lee's last student, achieved
2nd rank in Jeet Kune Do while training privately with Lee. After this, Lee did away with
rankings in his teachings, so Ted was never "ranked" beyond the 2nd. Dan Inosanto,
however, fully certified Ted Wong to teach after Lee's death.
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Two other people were certified to teach by Lee as well. Taky Kimura and James Yimm
Lee were certified to teach Jun Fan Gung Fu (the precursor to JKD), but not Jeet Kune
Do itself.
There are essentially two "types" or viewpoints of Jeet Kune Do:
1. JKD framework: This type of JKD provides the guiding principles. Lee
experimented with many styles and techniques to reach these conclusions. To
Lee these principles were truisms. The JKD framework is not bound or confined
by any styles or systems. This type of JKD is a process.
2. JKD Personal Systems: This type of JKD utilizes the JKD framework along with
any techniques from any other style or system to construct a "personal system".
This approach utilizes a "building blocks" manner in which to construct a
personalized system that is especially tailored to an individual. Lee believed that
only an individual could determine for themselves what the usefulness of any
technique should be. This type of JKD is thus a product, but left to personal
interpretation and therefore drifts further from that Lee actually developed and
Lee believed that this freedom of adoption was a distinguishing property from traditional
martial arts.
There are many who confuse the JKD Framework with a JKD Personal System (ie.
Lee's personal JKD) thinking them to be one and the same. The system that Lee
personally expressed was his own personal JKD; tailored for himself. Before he could
do this, however, he needed to first develop the "JKD Framework" process. Many of the
systems that Lee studied were not to develop his "Personal JKD" but rather was used to
gather the "principles" for incorporation in the JKD Framework approach. The
uniqueness of JKD to Lee is that it was a "process" not a "product" and thus not a
"style" but a system, concept, or approach. Traditional martial arts styles are essentially
a product that is given to a student with little provision for change. These traditional
styles are usually fixed and not tailored for individuals. Lee said there were inherent
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problems with this approach and established a "process" based system rather than a
fixed style which a student could then utilize to make a "tailored" or "personal" product
of their own. To use an analogy; traditional martial arts give students fish to eat (a
product). Lee believed that a martial art should just teach the student to fish (a process)
and gain the food directly.
The two branches of JKD differ in what should be incorporated or offered within the
"JKD Framework". The Original (or Jun Fan) JKD branch believes that the original
principles before Lee died are all that is needed for the construction of personalized
systems. The JKD Concepts branch believes that there are further principles that can
be added to construct personalized systems. The value of each Branch can be
determined by individual practitioners based on whatever merits they deem important.
Original JKD is further divided into two points of view. OJKD and JFJKD both hold Wing
Chun, Western Boxing, and Fencing as the cornerstones on Lee's JKD.
OJKD follows all Lee's training from early Jun Fan Gung Fu (Seattle period) and
focuses on trapping with Wing Chun influence. This is his teachings before it was
Jeet Kune Do, but still his kung fu interpretations.
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is a signature version of JKD as Lee taught privately to
Ted Wong. This is a later time period and practices a greater emphasis on
elusiveness and simplified trapping unique to Lee's later approach to combat.
The focus is with Wing Chun, Western Boxing, and Fencing.
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To introduce, reintroduce and reinforce:
Use Non Telegraphic Movement - Drawing the arm back before striking, stepping before
kicking or showing any obvious "build up" movement tells the opponent what you're
about to do. This gives them the opportunity to counter attack you. We learn to punch
and kick efficiently without telegraphing our intentions.
Strong Side Forward - We stress the use of our strongest and most coordinated
weapons (Hand and Foot) out front, where they can do the most damage. If you are
right handed, you will be in a right lead fighting stance. If you are left handed, it's a left
lead fighting stance. This in turn makes the weaker weapons stronger, giving you two
strong sides to use for attack. We use the lead hand for 80% offense, 20% defense.
The rear hand is mostly used as a defensive tool, 80% defense, 20% offense.
Longest Weapon To The Closest Target - When attacking from a distance to the
nearest target, JKD uses the lead hand for punching and the lead leg for kicking. The
rear tools are further away, take longer to get to the target and can be countered more
Non Classical Movement - We do not employ the use of set or fixed training forms or
patterns. They do not accurately represent realistic fight situations. We employ drills that
keep the relationship between the opponents alive, fluid and mobile.
Use Of Broken Rhythm - Used while attacking or counter attacking, it allows you to
catch your opponent while they are motion set, thus making it harder for them to defend
or counter your attack. In attacking, there are a few ways to break the rhythm within a
series of movements after a rhythm has already been established. For example, speed
up suddenly, slow down suddenly, and/or insert a brief pause or delay in the series of
movements. In counter attacking, you can hit on the half-beat to break an opponent's
rhythm and interrupt their attack. If you hit the opponent before he completes the first
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strike, you've hit on the half-beat. If you parry the first strike, and hit between the first
and second strikes, you have broken the rhythm on the one and a half-beat. Control the
rhythm, you can control the fight.
Adaptability - Fights are abstract and are constantly changing. One must be able to
adapt to these changing situations. You cannot be bound by fixed techniques, a single
system or method. You must be free to use whatever works and to express yourself
without limitations.
Use Of Feints and False Attacks - Feints are actions that make an opponent think an
attack is being launched against them. The object is to divert their attention from your
final or intended point of attack. False attacks are intentionally made to fall short of a
target and to draw a defensive reaction from the opponent. This will help you discover
how they will react to your movements and is a set up for other types of attacks, such as
Attack by Combination and Progressive Indirect Attack.
Interception - The words Jeet Kune Do translate to "Way of The Intercepting Fist." It is
least efficient to block first, then hit. It's more efficient to simultaneously parry and hit, or
even better, intercept the attack. This is best accomplished by controlling the distance
so your opponent has to move towards you to get to you. The mind-set of defend and
hit must be changed to "think hit."
Centerline Theory - Looping or grand movements are very telegraphic and easy to
defend or intercept. Strikes going down the centerline are difficult to see and defend
against. There are some major targets located along the centerline such as the eyes,
nose, chin, throat, solar plexus and groin. In controlling the centerline, you also can
control the balance, position and leverage of an opponent and their ability to attack you.
Alive Footwork - Good mobility is essential. It can put you in a position to hit, or it can
take you out of position from being hit. Distance, rhythm and timing are controlled with
footwork, which should always be alive, fluid and mobile.
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NUCLEUS: The student must learn the
NUCLEUS: This is where the practitioner
begins by putting the technique together.
ORIGINAL FREEDOM this is the highest
level of training where the practitioner
responds to any attack without even
thinking of the move or how to attack.
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It would be appropriate to use Bruce Lee's own
words to explain the original school emblem, the
yin and yang symbol:
"JKD is based on the symbol of Yin and Yang, a
interdependent forces that act continuously,
without cessation, in this universe. In the above
symbol, the Yin and Yang are two interlocking
parts of 'one whole,' each containing within its
confines the qualities of its complementaries.
Etymologically, the characters of Yin and Yang mean darkness and light. The ancient
character of Yin, the dark part of the circle, is a drawing of clouds and hill. Yin can
represent anything in the universe as: negativeness, passiveness, gentleness, internal,
insubstantiality, femaleness, moon, darkness, night, etc. The other complementary half
of the circle is Yang, which in its ancient form is written with the lower part of the
character signifying slanting sunrays, while the upper part represents the sun. Yang can
represent anything as positiveness, activeness, firmness, external, substantiality,
maleness, sun, brightness, day, etc.
The common mistake of most martial artists is to identify these two forces, Yin and
Yang as dualistic (thus the so-called soft styles and the firm styles). Yin/Yang is one
separate force of one unceasing interplay of movement. They are conceived of as
essentially one, or as two co-existing forces of one indivisible whole. They are neither
cause and effect, but should be looked at as sound and echo or light and shadow. If this
'oneness' is viewed as two separate entities, realization of the ultimate reality of JKD
won't be achieved. In reality, things are 'whole' and cannot be separated into two parts.
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When I say the heat makes me perspire, the heat and perspiring are just one process
as they are co-existent and the one could not exist but for the other.
If a person riding a bicycle wishes to go somewhere, he cannot pump on both pedals at
the same time or not pumping them at all. In order to go forward, he has to pump on
one pedal and release the other. So the movement or going forward required this
'oneness' of pumping and releasing. Pumping is the result of releasing and vice versa,
each being the cause and result of the other things do have their complementaries, and
complementaries co-exist. Instead of mutually exclusive, they are mutually dependent
and are a function each of the other.
In the Yin/Yang symbol there is a white spot on the
black part and a black on the white one. This is to
illustrate the balance in life, for nothing can survive
long by going to either extremes, be it pure Yin
(gentleness) or pure Yang (firmness). Notice that the
stiffest tree is most easily cracked. While the bamboo
or willow survive by bending with the wind. In JKD,
(gentleness) and Yin in Yang. Thus a JKD man
should be soft yet not yielding, firm, yet not hard."
According to Dan Lee, "Bruce added two arrows around the Tai Chi circle to further
emphasize that the JKD fighting techniques must contain the harmonious interplay of
Yin (pliable, yielding) and Yang (firm, assertiveness) energies." It is to emphasize the
continuous, unceasing interplay between the two forces of the universe: Yin and Yang.
The Chinese phrases surrounding the symbol are:
"Using No Way as Way" and "Having No Limitation as Limitation," pronounced
"Yee Mo Faat Way Yao Faat" and "Yee Mo Haan Way Yao Haan" respectively.
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Regarding the first statement, one is to approach combat without any preconceived
notions, and simply respond to "what is." In this way, the martial artist is adaptable and
pliable enough to fit in with the opponent and situation instantaneously. He is using no
particular or set way that was preconditioned in him. "No-mindedness'' is a term often
unconsciousness. And, indeed, it is an ideal state that is difficult to attain but which one
aspires to. In addition, one tries to be like water when using this "no-way" approach.
Water automatically assumes the container that it is poured in, thereby constantly fitting
in with and adapting to the situation.
By having no limitation as the only limitation, one can transcend martial arts boundaries
that are set by style, tradition, race, individual preferences, etc. Lee gave the JFJKD
man the freedom to explore other martial arts with the only limitation being that he has
only has two hands and two feet and the objective is how to use them to the maximum.
Furthermore, Lee wanted us to search deep within ourselves to find what works best for
each one of us. No longer are we dependent on the teachings of various styles or
teachers. But by taking an honest assessment of our own strengths and weaknesses,
we can improve our martial skill as well as our daily living. Like he said, "Knowledge...
ultimately, means self-knowledge." With this freedom to improve our skill and life in any
way that we like, one is able to honestly express one's self.
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In Cantonese, this is Jeet Kune Do. Often it is explained as the “Way of the Intercepting
Fist”. This is the martial art style founded by Bruce Lee.
The first character “JEET” means to
cut-off or sever or as Bruce Lee puts it;
to intercept.
The second character “KUNE” means fist
(or foot).
The last character “DO” means method
or way.
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The Black Phoenix Martial Arts & Fitness Logo
represents you, the student becoming a better version
of yourself.
The myth of the Phoenix, regardless of historical
culture, refers to ‘rising from the ashes’ and becoming
Here at Black Phoenix, we believe the intense training;
physical and mental, is what brings out your true self –
who you see yourself as you should be; thus, who you
are trying to become.
This process is hard. You are going through the fire to
rise from the ashes to become your new self.
The myth of the Phoenix can be traced to ancient Kemet (Egypt) as Bennu, Greece as
Phenix, even to Native American culture as the Thunderbird.
Within the center of the Phoenix is the image of Jeet Kune Do. This is Bruce Lee’s
martial art and philosophy on life.
Within the grasp of the talons of the Phoenix are our weapons of choice; the edged
weapon and the blunt weapon which represent the Philippino art of Kali.
For me, the idea of the Black Phoenix actual came from a song I had recorded back in
the early 90’s. In the song I was a militia man and my code name was Black Phoenix.
I took historical concept and applied it to my music. I love the idea so much – I continue
to use it to this very day.
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Jeet Kune Do - The way of the intercepting fist
Tek - Kick
Lee Jun Fan - Chinese name of Bruce Lee
Jang - Elbow
Gin Lai - Salutation
Sot / Sut - Knee
Bi Jong - Ready position, on guard position
Sao / Sau - Hand
Yee Chi Kim Yeung Ma - Basic Wíng Chun
Gerk - Foot, leg
Jung Sin - Centerline
Sifu - Instructor
Mon Sao - Inquisitive hand, asking hand (the
Sijo - Founder of the system (Bruce Lee)
lead hand)
Sigung - Instructor’s instructor
Wu Sao - Protective hand (the rear hand)
Kwoon - School, place of training
Lin Sil Die Dar - Simultaneous defense and
Go - High
Ha - Low
Chum Kil - Seeking to bridge the gap
Loy - Inside
Toy Ma - Move back
Noy / Gnoy - Outside
Toy Gerk - Move the leg back
Jung, Jun - Middle
Lau Ma - Cross step, cross stance
Jik - Straight
Jeet Gerk - Intercepting shin, Jamming in with
Hou / How - Rear, back
the shin
Yow - Right
Mook Jong - Wooden Dummy
Joy - Left
Sil Lim Tao - First Wing Chun form (Little Idea
Juen / Jun - Spin
Don, Dan - Single
Wing Chun - “Forever springtime” or “praising
Seyung / Seung - Double, two
Da - Hit, strike
Yip Man - Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun instructor in
Choy / Chuie - Punch
Hong Kong
Ung Moon – The JKD form created by Bruce
Yin - Female, negative, false, soft, etc.
Lee (5 Gates)
Yang - Male, positive, true, hard, etc.
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Chun Choy - Straight vertical punch
Gin Choy - Uppercut
Jik Jern - Straight palm strike
O’ou Choy - Hook
Juan / Woang / Won Jern - Side palm strike
Sat Sao - Cutting hand, palm down chop
Biu Jee - Thrusting finger, finger jab
Sat Que - Hammerfist
Chop Choy - Knuckle punch
Jom Sao - Inward cutting hand, palm up
Ping Choy - Straight horizontal punch
Jik Chun Choy - Straight blast, centerline
Gwa Choy - Horizontal Backfist
Lau Sin Choy - Vertical Backfist
Bo Pie - Double palm strike (low and high)
Pak Sao - Slapping hand, pushing hand
Jum Sao - Sinking hand
Tan Sao - Palm up hand
Goang Sao - Low Outward Wing Block
Bong Sao - High wing parry, elbow deflection
O’ou Sao - Hooking hand
Lop Sao - Pulling hand
Kow / Kao, Kau Sao - Curving Hand, Circling
Biu Sao / Bil Sao - Thrusting fingers parry
Jong Sao - Palm inward block
Woang Pak Sao - Cross slapping parry
Quan Sao - Combination of Bong Sao and Tan
Jik Tek - Straight vertical kick
Dum Tek - Stomp kick, oblique kick
Jik Dum Tek - Straight stamp kick
Hou / How Tek - Rear kick, back kick
Juk Tek - Side kick
So Tek - Reverse hook kick, sweep kick
O’ou Tek - Round kick, hook kick
Gwa Tek - Inverted hook kick
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Kali, Arnis, Escrima – Umbrella terms for the
Dumog – Filipino Grappling Art
weapons based traditional martial art of the
Kunsi - Locking art
Philippines ("Filipino Martial Arts," or FMA)
Guro - Instructor
Panandata - Weapons training
Punong Guro - Head instructor & founder of
Pangamot - Empty hands training
Panantukan - Filipino Boxing Art
Mabuhay - “Long live” (expression, salutation)
Pananjakman - Filipino Kicking Art
Siko - Elbow
Numerada – A Traditional Kali Drill
Tuhod - Knee
Abecedario – ABC’s, basics
Tatsulok - Triangle
Tuloy Tuloy - Flowing, Continuous
Solo - Single
Dikit - To attach, to stick
Doble - Double
Inganyo - Faking
Mano - Hand
Dulo, Punta - Tip of the stick
Corto Mano - Close Range
Punyo - Butt of the stick
Abierta / Bukas - Open position
Bantay Kamay - The “Alive Hand” or “Free
Serrada - Closed position
Talang Bartikal - Vertical Block
Largo Mano - Long Range
Medio Mano - Middle Range
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Tigbis - Forehand Attack
Sabayan - Simultaneous attack & defense
Ordabis - Backhand Attack
Gunting - Scissors movement (destruction)
Ikis - X-pattern motion
Seguida - To follow
Segung - To block
Contra - To meet
Palasut - To pass through
Sakay - To go with the force
Humpak / Pasakai - Wave motion pass, elbow
Witik - Snap strike, Hit & retreat strike, Broken
Pasunkit - Thrusting passing motion
Payong - Umbrella
Lobtik - Pull-through strike, Slashing strike,
Redondo - Circular snapping strike
Fluid motion
Abaniko - Fanning motion from side to side
Aldabis - Upward diagonal strike
Florete - Twirling strike
Saboy - (“feed the chicken”) Upward diagonal
Sunkite - Thrusting motion
Dakup / Dakop - Catch
Panastas - Cutting, Slashing
Pa’awas - Parry
Sungab - Finger Thrust
Palisut - Tight scoop
Pukpok - Hummer
Waslik - Wide Scoop
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Pai Pai - Broken strikes on high line
Tapi-Tapi - Clearing hands technique and drill
Cob-Cob / Kob Kob - Broken strikes on all
Hubud Lubud (Tie-untie, undress) - Sensitivity
Sinawalli - Series of different double hand
Laban Laro - (“play fight”) Combat drills
Cadena de mano - Flowing and looping drills
Sumbrada - (“shade”) Counter to Counter
Carenza - Freeflow, Shadow-boxing
Sayaw - Solo form
Sak-Sak - Straight grip, fencing grip, Hammer
Pakal - Reverse grip, Ice-picking grip
Baston - Stick
Balisong - Butterfly knife
Espada - Sword
Barong - Rounded single-edged blade
Daga - Knife, blade, dagger
Kriss - Snake-shaped blade
Garote – Flat Stick
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Khalil Shabazz is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Black
Phoenix Martial Arts & Fitness Academy. He is the creator of the
self-defense programs:
S.C.R.A.P. (Street Combat Readiness Assault
Program) which is a 6 week co-ed self-defense program
designed for beginners.
which is a 4 week self-defense
program designed for women of all ages and skill levels.
He is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Certified Jeet Kune
Do Instructor. (JKD is the Reality Based Self Defense art that was
created by the late Bruce Lee.) In addition; Khalil holds a Black
Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is a Black Sash Candidate in Wing
Chun. He also has minor belts & sashes in several other Martial Arts; including Filipino
Kali, Shotokan Karate, Krav Maga, Jow Ga, and Chin Na.
In addition, he is a Certified Martial Arts Strength &
Conditioning Coach and a Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning
Coach. Khalil holds a Level 2 Edge Weapon Certification,
and is trained in Advance Law Enforcement Controlled
Restraint procedures.
He also holds Certificates in Sports Nutrition and in Group
Fitness. Khalil is a member of the IDEA Health & Fitness
Association, National Fitness Association, and American
Muscle and Fitness.
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He is also a member of the International Wing Chun
Martial Arts Association, the International Jow Ga Kuen
Federation, the International Society of Close Quarter
Combatants, and a past member of Paul Vunak’sDescendants Of the Masters.
Black Phoenix Martial Arts JEET KUNE DO Student Manual 2014
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