South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy

Group training in the martial arts of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali/Escrima, Dog Brothers Martial Arts, and Combative Grappling.

Operating as usual

02/18/2022

Saddened to learn that GM Leo Fong has passed away. Prayers for his family and students.

11/27/2021

Remembering Bruce Lee on his 81st Birthday.

09/30/2021

I was leafing through Dr. Jerry Beasley's article in the current issue of Black Belt magazine when I was surprised to run across this. Thanks for the shout out, Dr. Beasley.

Photos from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy's post 07/05/2021

JKD at the Pier on July 4th Weekend

Photos from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy's post 05/31/2021

Memorial Day Jeet Kune Do demonstration on the Hermosa Beach Pier

02/12/2021

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Photos from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy's post 01/08/2021

Remembering Sifu Taky Kimura (1924 - 2021).

01/01/2021
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas to Everyone from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy

04/19/2020

Happy Birthday to Shannon Lee!

04/14/2020

Sean working on lead tools

As we continue to not meet for class due to Covid-19, my student and apprentice instructor, Sean, is busy working on his lead tools.

04/05/2020

We are not physically meeting during the Covid-19 emergency, so it was nice to run into my student, Sean, at a local Chinese take out. Practicing social distancing with masks on of course.

Ip Ching - Wikipedia 01/26/2020

Ip Ching - Wikipedia

Sad to learn that Ip Ching, son of Ip Man, a Grandmaster of his Wing Chun system, has passed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ip_Ching

Ip Ching - Wikipedia Ip Ching (born Ip Hok-ching; 7 July 1936) is a Chinese martial artist. He is the living Grandmasters of the Ip Man (Yip Man) family of Wing Chun Kung Fu.

‘Be Water’ Director Bao Nguyen Puts An Honest Lens On Bruce Lee’s Trailblazing Impact And Struggles As An Asian American Icon – Sundance 01/25/2020

‘Be Water’ Director Bao Nguyen Puts An Honest Lens On Bruce Lee’s Trailblazing Impact And Struggles As An Asian American Icon – Sundance

https://deadline.com/2020/01/be-water-bao-nguyen-interview-bruce-lee-asian-american-diversity-inclusion-representation-1202839252/

‘Be Water’ Director Bao Nguyen Puts An Honest Lens On Bruce Lee’s Trailblazing Impact And Struggles As An Asian American Icon – Sundance Without a doubt, Bruce Lee is a martial arts icon. He’s a cinematic fixture in pop culture and in the new documentary Be Water premiering at Sundance on January 25, filmmaker Bao Nguyen touch…

01/01/2020

Happy and Safe New Year from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy

Photos from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy's post 12/24/2019

We had our annual Christmas Holiday potluck tonight, featuring long time student Sifu Eric Jue teaching a short session on Wing Chun. Apprentice Instructor Sean Foon was promoted to Phase 4 and Apprentice Instructor Dan Segawa was promoted to Associate Instructor. Congratulations to Sean and Dan!

11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone

Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do - from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments (Tuttle Martial Arts Basics) 10/02/2019

Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do - from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments (Tuttle Martial Arts Basics)

October is National Book Month. Be sure to get and read some great books. You might want to consider this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Jeet-Kune-Basics-Everything-Tournaments/dp/0804845883/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jeet+kune+do+basics&qid=1569985728&sr=8-1

Jeet Kune Do Basics: Everything You Need to Get Started in Jeet Kune Do - from Basic Footwork to Training and Tournaments (Tuttle Martial Arts Basics) This useful and informative book offers a detailed overview of Jeet Kune Do practice while explaining the specific moves readers will need to perfect their techniques.As a foundation, the book recalls the origination of Jeet Kune Do — the philosophy, history, and different styles of the mar...

09/02/2019

End of summer. Time to prepare for Fall training!

08/31/2019
Photos from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy's post 08/20/2019

The end of summer may be approaching but we are still training hard

06/04/2019

June gloom? Not us! "While others are complaining, we are training!" (quoting Burton Richardson)

05/22/2019

This was written by my instructor, Sifu Christopher Kent

"A Matter of Interpretation"

Jeet Kune Do is a single art, but it expresses it self in many ways. Tim Tackett and I wrote about this subject in our first book, “Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing.” If you are studying JKD with someone, do not make the mistake of thinking that because your instructor may teach you slightly differently than another instructor, that you are not learning “authentic” Jeet Kune Do, or that the other people are not. My objective here is not to get into a discussion as to what might or might not be deemed ‘authentic’ when it comes to Jeet Kune Do (That would merely open another can of worms in the already tumultuous JKD world and I have neither the time nor the inclination to waste my energy engaging in such useless debates).

My point is this. When it comes to teaching Jeet Kune Do, individual interpretation is all that any JKD instructor can really offer. Their personal interpretation of the art will be based upon such things as their learning, their research, their understanding, their own inclinations, their prejudices, and perhaps even their likes and dislikes as well. This doesn’t mean that you are not learning what could be considered ‘authentic’ JKD. One JKD instructor may choose to focus on a different aspect or element of training than another instructor at different times. Perhaps one instructor chooses to focus more on the kickboxing element at the start of training, whereas another may put more focus on the understanding of immobilization and tactile awareness. Neither is wrong in their approach. One instructor, for example, may teach a particular kick to his beginning students, whereas another may wait until the students are at an intermediate or even advanced level before introducing it.

I can remember seeing my teacher, Sifu Dan Inosanto attempting to explain this idea to students on numerous occasions by drawing a graph on a board, with several names of JKD instructors listed vertically and the various facets of JKD listed horizontally. One by one he would then go through each instructor and say, “Such-and-such instructor might like sixty five percent of the kickboxing, thirty percent of the trapping, eighty percent of the grappling.” The amounts he listed for each of the instructors were primarily for illustration purposes only; they were not actual percentages for the person. When he was finished going through each instructor on the list, he would then draw a circle around one of the names, point at it and tell the students, “The problem is when you say that this person is JKD and the others aren’t.” Pretty damn simple, right?

In JKD even various training phases or levels are subject to an individual instructor or school’s discretion. Whereas one instructor or school may have numerous training levels in their program, another may simply refer to them as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced students. Some may not have any different levels at all, you’re simply a practitioner.

Jeet Kune Do never had a rigid, formulaic blueprint for its perpetuation. That’s one of the things I love most about the art. So my advice is simply this. Investigate things for yourself. Cross-reference what you’re learning with other sources of JKD instruction that exist out there. Note the similarities and differences between what you and other practitioners are doing. I’m certain that more than likely you’ll discover that the similarities far outnumber the differences. These are the common denominators that exist in JKD training. In the end, it’s simply a matter of interpretation.

05/10/2019
03/12/2019

Happy 95th Birthday to Sifu Taky Kimura

02/03/2019

Saddned to learn that Sifu Hawkins Cheung has passed away. He was a Wing Chun classmate of Bruce Lee.

01/07/2019

First class at South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy for 2019 starts tomorrow evening! Come and join us!

01/01/2019

Best to Everyone in 2019 from South Bay Jeet Kune Do Academy

12/20/2018
11/22/2018

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to everyone

Videos (show all)

Sean working on lead tools
Krabi Krabong 8-Count
A clip from Jeet Kune Do Counterattacks Vol. 2 Advanced
Stop Kick to Straight Blast Drill
Two of my students practicing sumbrada box-pattern
Two of my students practicing sumbrada box-pattern

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1670 W 162nd Street
Gardena, CA
90247

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