Bruce Lee’s “The Way of The Intercepting Fist” martial arts is a formless combat system, making it an excellent foundation for personal physical tradecraft.
It’s always been my opinion, however, that to fully grasp its concepts, philosophies and fighting methods, one already must possess advanced skills.
Recall that most of Lee’s original students were experienced in Karate, Taekwondo, boxing and Kenpo.
To intercept an opponent’s movements, thoughts and emotions as taught in JKD is a high-level concept. It requires great control of your body and an ability to read movements with the intent to deceive.
You must be able to empty your mind and become formless. There is precious little time to think.
A skilled Jeet Kune Do practitioner is a master strategist who always seeks out the opponent’s weaknesses while avoiding his strengths.
Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own – yet being formless.
The JKD man actively seeks experience because only by experiencing can he arrive at any sort of self-knowledge, self-understanding, or self- realization.
It is good to seek techniques and training methods, but if you stop here then you become just a collector creating a mosaic of techniques and methods that do not function or fit together in a fighting structure.
Freedom should not to be bound by any method, style or philosophy that limits our personal growth outside of that entity. That is the essence of Jeet Kune Do.
Knowledge of itself has no understanding. Understanding comes from individual experience.