• Duration: 60 minutes
  • Skill Level: All
  • Calorie Burn: 300-500
  • Open Hand Self-Defense, as well as Weapon Defenses.
  • Boxing, Kickboxing, Drills & Technique Practice.
  • Striking, Grappling, Trapping, & Multiple Assailants.
  • Sparring & Stress Testing for Higher Level Students.
  • Minimal Equipment Required to Begin: Uniform Shirt, MMA Gloves, & a Positive Attitude.

Bruce Lee's Hybrid Art: Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do (JKD for short) is Bruce Lee’s philosophy of self-defense and combat, as well as personal development. It guides students to learn what works to fight and defend themselves, while discarding what doesn’t work for them.

We teach Bruce Lee’s art alongside other arts with an eye toward what is useful in today’s world. Since it is so useful and effective for self-defense it forms the core of our instruction here at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts.

Jeet Kune Do at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts and Self-Defense in Cincinnati

Unlike many traditional martial arts JKD is guided by an overarching philosophy which allows for it to be fluid and adaptable, as opposed to a strict and unchanging curriculum. As such, curriculum can vary dramatically between branches and even schools within the same branch.

Some of the main principles within Jeet Kune Do are spontaneity, efficiency, and simplicity. Students develop the skills to react quickly and confidently to sudden and unexpected attacks from opponents. JKD also emphasizes using efficiency and minimalism in its movements, so students can attack swiftly and cause the greatest effect without wasting movement or energy. Students also learn how to flow comfortably and quickly between movements, reactions, and ranges of combat.

Learn to fight with confidence in long distance (kicking range), middle distance (boxing range), close quarters (trapping and grappling range), as well as with and against weapons.

Jeet Kune Do combines multiple arts including Wing Chun, Western Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Pencak Silat, Muay Thai, Shoot Wrestling (Shooto), and the Filipino martial arts (Kali/Arnis/Escrima.)

Class Format

Each JKD class is structured to allow students to work up a sweat and get a good workout as they learn new techniques and develop their skills. While each class is unique you can generally expect kickboxing, skill drills, technique practice, and weapons training.

Our Jeet Kune Do philosophy puts an emphasis on application, so while some solo forms are included most of the training will be done with a partner. Controlled sparring is added in once students are comfortable to allow them to further hone using what they’ve learned against a resisting opponent.

History of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee started Jeet Kune Do in 1969 as a way to create a new style without the limitations and rigidity that many other styles at the time had. He hoped to free his students from clinging to particular styles or molds, to create a more realistic and modern system, as well to encourage students to continuously grow and learn.

“Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do” is a combination of his name (Jun Fan) and the Cantonese for, “way of the intercepting fist.” Although he frequently emphasized that it was just a name and to not stick too strongly to it. He would often call it “fighting without fighting” or “the art of expressing the human body.”

Adaptability was also a major theme in Bruce Lee’s philosophy. He felt practitioners should be able to adapt to whatever situation or scenario they were put into. Furthermore, he did not believe in styles - feeling that everyone is different and cannot necessarily all fit the same mold. He welcomed new knowledge with open arms.

As Bruce Lee continued to learn and study new arts Jeet Kune Do grew. His students have since taken his art and philosophy and continued to improve and expand the system.