Over the years, many people have made claims regarding the proper definition of Bruce Lee's art. Some have defined it as a process of "change;" others have labeled it as simply "modified Wing Chun;" others, with the best of intentions have stated that it is simply an eclectic jumble of various styles and arts that hopefully will, at some unspecified point in the future, gestalt into something meaningful for the individual practitioner.
Jeet Kune Do is the complete body of technical (physical and scientific) and philosophical (mental, social, spiritual) knowledge that was studied and taught by Bruce Lee during his lifetime. At the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle, Jeet Kune Do (with, as its core, the combative principles, physical techniques, training methods, and philosophical ideas synthesized by Bruce Lee during his lifetime) is concerned solely and exclusively with Bruce Lee's personal evolution and process of self-discovery through martial art as indicated and supported by the written record (Bruce Lee's personal papers and library) and oral history (recollections of those who spent time with and/or studied under Bruce Lee).
The Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle concerns itself with presenting Bruce Lee's ideas and opinions - and not anyone else's interpretation of them - with regard to:
- The history and development of his art
- The philosophy that supports and extends from the art
- The training and conditioning methods necessary to realize the physical (and mental/spiritual) aspects of the art
- The scientific principles underlying the foundation of the techniques Bruce Lee emphasized and held to be significant
- The life, art and career of Bruce Lee
A distinction is made between this body of work (i.e., Jeet Kune Do) and an individual student's own personal process of self-discovery through martial art, in that each student is free to utilize all, some or none of Bruce Lee's teachings to assist him in this respect.
Jeet Kune Do is not about setting up restrictions or "ways" of doing things. It has no interest in trying to mold or shape you. It accepts you as you are. Jeet Kune Do seeks likewise to be a source of inspiration and delight solely for those who posses an interest in Bruce Lee and the martial viewpoint that he created. Jeet Kune Do should be considered the base that Bruce Lee established and not the ultimate goal of the individual who studies it. Individuals may, and if fact are expected to, modify, add and delete until they have transcended the need for any "way" or "system" at all - including Jeet Kune Do. But once into this process, what they arrive at should not be called Jeet Kune Do.
Our objective at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle is simply to remove some of the misconceptions that have arisen over the years concerning what Bruce Lee and his art were about, and to show the world a better picture of what is preserved in his legacy. The Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle is concerned solely with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do - as he taught it - and with the preservation and perpetuation of this body of work.