Jeet Kune Do Croydon
Jeet Kune Do, or Jun Fan Gung Fu, was developed by martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Jeet Kune Do literally means “The Way of the Intercepting Fist”, while “Jun Fan” was Lee’s Chinese given name. Believing that a good martial artist should “be like water”, moving fluidly and without hesitation, he wanted to create an “art of fighting without fighting”, or a “style without style”. Lee combined what he perceived as the best aspects of Wing Chun Kung Fu with elements of boxing, fencing, and other martial arts.
Having started his martial arts career studying Wing Chun under Grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong (who is also our school’s Grandmaster), Lee’s training and philosophy is heavily influenced by Wing Chun. The similarities between Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun are clear, with identical underlying principles, including economy of motion, non-telegraphic moves, simultaneous attack and defence, and the centreline theory.
Although Lee officially closed his martial arts schools two years before his death, he allowed his curriculum to be taught privately. Since Lee’s passing, Jeet Kune Do is argued to have split into two different groups: one which claims to teach the original style taught by Lee, and another which continues to evolve by incorporating different elements from various martial arts. However, to get an idea of the original basis of Lee’s martial art, one only needs to look at the principles of Wing Chun, the base style from which Lee developed Jeet Kune Do, especially Grandmaster Yip Man’s lineage of Wing Chun, which is taught authentically here at the Kung Fu Schools.
For a free taster of authentic Wing Chun kung fu, we invite you to come and attend a few of our lessons as part of a 30-day, no-obligation free trial. To book your appointment, please call 0800 197 4660.