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									   Bruce Lee's Personal Fighting System The Jun Fan
                     Martial Arts
                    By Blaise Loong
     From BLACK BELT MAGAZINE Sept. 1987
The centuries-old history of martial arts shook in recent years when Lee Jun
Fan (AKA Bruce Lee) exploded onto the scene. With him came revelation,
innovation and extraordinary dedication --- the fruition of which has since
become known as the Jun Fan martial arts.

                                        When asked for a quick definition of
                                        what the Jun Fan martial arts are,
                                        Bruce Lee protégé, Dan Inosanto,
                                        states matter-of-factly that they are
                                        merely "Bruce Lee's personal fighting
                                        movements." The Jun Fan martial arts
                                        are a cohesive and integrated
                                        methodology of fighting skills and
                                        training procedures developed by
                                        Lee, based in part on his
                                        excruciatingly detailed research of the
                                        world's combat arts, but
predominately on his own genius for adapting, modifying and creating.
Coupled with Lee's jeet kune do concepts, the Jun Fan martial arts stand firmly
as one of today's most formidable and well-rounded fighting methods.

There are only a handful of truly authorized instructors of the Jun Fan martial
arts (this was in 1987), and consequently, very few individuals who know
exactly what training in the Jun Fan arts entails. Fewer still actually
comprehend the "spirit" of the Jun Fan martial arts --- the jeet kune do
concepts. Developing these concepts takes years of hard training (not just
physically, but with a "total" self) under someone who went through a similar
program of instruction.

The jeet kune do concepts quite simply cannot be passed on en masse; ideally,
they are learned via a close one-on-one student-teacher relationship. Bruce
Lee's life was an ongoing act of self-discovery. To accomplish so much with so
little outside guidance is a monument to Lee's true understanding of himself
and his potential. Lee's disciples absorbed from him the concepts of discerning
and applying martial arts on a personalized, yet universal, level. Inosanto, one
of the most prominent and active of these disciples, has in turn spent years
imparting this ideology to his students. Yet some students never pick up the
concept of jeet kune do. As Lee often said, "Either you understand or you don't,
and that is that!"

Jeet kune do cannot be defined as a particular style of martial art, Lee's or
anybody else's. The Jun Fan martial arts, by definition, can be, however --- but
only to a certain extent. Lee had a very distinct way of fighting and training. He
had clear ideas on how to utilize his body as a weapon, based on his personal
attributes and abilities. The Jun Fan style, as a 'system', has specific
progressions and training methods, unique completely unto itself, which are
geared towards developing and honing a person's fighting capacity.

It must be clarified most emphatically that the goal of the Jun Fan martial arts
is not to produce Bruce Lee clones. Far from it. It would be foolish to even try.
No one to date has come close to replicating all of the skills and moves Lee
had, let alone his overall insights regarding the martial arts. One must find his
own way. "Your truth is not my truth, and my truth is not yours," Lee often

The training methods Jun Fan stylists use provides them with a systematic
approach with which to develop the myriad of attributes and qualities necessary
to be an effective, well-rounded martial artist. Such things as distance, timing,
rhythm, speed, coordination, footwork, power, and endurance are learned
abilities, and the Jun Fan style presents direct paths to perfect them to the
highest degree possible. Again, it all comes back to the jeet kune do concepts
and how important and integral they are in relationship to the Jun Fan martial
arts. Without the jeet kune do elements, the Jun Fan system is not complete.

The Jun Fan Arts have at least four
(4) distinctive, yet interrelated
segments (with gray areas in between
for other categories, let there be no
doubt). Just as you can't wrap water
in paper and then try to shape it, you
can't truly define fighting. Lee studied
and had a high regard for wing chun
gung-fu. Seeing limitations by
remaining strictly a wing chun stylist,
he ventured out of its realm. With his
personal jeet kune do, Lee's wing
chun became transfigured. There are certain constants essential to wing chun,
of course, but the manner in which Lee applied specific elements, and the way
he later trained with them, are his innovations. As he grew to understand
different ranges, timings, and fighting technologies, his novel approach in
applying wing chun --- his modified wing chun --- greatly improved its
combative effectiveness for him. Thus, there is a Lee Jun Fan Method of wing
chun. Nonetheless, Lee always gave credit to wing chun and to his instructors,
regardless of his personal modifications.

It seems there are about as many styles of gung-fu as there are people in China,
and Lee either saw or trained a little in about 99% of them, or so it would seem.
As a youth, Lee often compared or swapped techniques with other kids who
were studying the countless gung-fu styles available in Hong Kong. Even as an
adult he continued to analyze bits and pieces of certain systems. One should
always have an open mind and remain willing to learn no matter what rank one
has attained in martial art.

                                            In conjunction with Lee's own form
                                            of wing chun, the Jun Fan martial arts
                                            contain Chinese boxing methods as
                                            compiled by Lee. The long-range
                                            kicking skills of the northern Chinese
                                            styles, as well as the short-range hand
                                            techniques of the southern Chinese
                                            styles, are all integrated and blended
                                            to form an efficient and effective way
                                            of fighting. It has often been said Lee
                                            lacked the ability or the interest in
                                            above-the-waist kicking prior to
meeting various kick-oriented tournament competitors during the mid and late
1960s. This is completely untrue. Those who claim credit for Lee's great
kicking prowess fail to account for still photographs taken during the late 1950s
that show him kicking at high levels, or those from his kicking set at the 1964
Long Beach Internationals (it's on videotape), which he later duplicated in part
for the film "Enter The Dragon".

One of the greatest impacts Lee had on modern martial arts was full-contact
training. In ancient times, when a warrior's life depended on his martial skills,
the workouts he participated in were probably grueling, dangerous, and
definitely full contact. As time and warfare progressed, an individual's empty-
hand fighting skills became less practical. "Gun-fu" has made many traditional
fighting forms obsolete. In modern times, it seemed as if a majority of martial
arts became engrossed with preserving movements as opposed to actions. Lee,
being at heart a fighter, wanted to perfect his fighting abilities. Subsequently,
Jun Fan kickboxing was born.

Clearly, it is impossible to study in detail every martial art, but if one can
acquire the essence of a style, he can capture that style. Armed with the essence
of muay Thai, bando, savate, and other kickboxing styles which included at
least some form of full contact, Lee created for himself his own brand of
kickboxing. He incorporated modern technology (training apparatuses, dietary
supplements, etc.) with a fluid understanding of ranges, and the result differed
radically from traditional kickboxing forms of his time. Lee realized that the
actual physical execution of techniques varied drastically from when he worked
with a compliant partner in a gym to when he faced a hostile opponent in the
street --- hence another factor influencing him to use full-contact training.
Using equipment created feedback with which he could hone and also gauge
the effectiveness of his kicks, punches, and other strikes. However, focus
gloves don't hit back (just the feeder). A free, full-contact "fight" or "spar"
allowed him to apply all of those skills and qualities he had worked on in a
dynamic and flowing environment.

Added to the segments of the Jun Fan martial arts already discussed is one
other: Western boxing methods (as compiled by Lee). It follows that if there are
Chinese boxing methods, there are Western boxing methods. Plus, what better
complement to Lee's kickboxing than his personal application of the hands of
                                        Greco-Roman boxing?

                                            Obviously, Jun Fan kickboxing is by
                                            no means a complete way of fighting.
                                            The simple act of putting on gloves
                                            and other protective gear dictates
                                            semantic differences from a real,
                                            bare-fisted, no-holds-barred fight. It
                                            isn't advisable to try bobbing and
                                            weaving too often with a seasoned
                                            street fighter; you might catch a knee
                                            in the face. And 'rope-a-dope' tactics
                                            may prove disastrous. However, a Jun
                                            Fan full-contact sparring session
develops in students a better sense of distance, timing, and rhythm --- key
elements of any type of combat. These students gain a better feel for
application --- how and when to use their offensive, defensive, or counter-
offensive skills. But most of all, it imparts to the participants the experience of
a full-contact encounter. It can build a person's inner character and confidence
if properly conducted.

Critics are quick to say that the Jun Fan style is ineffective in the street for
everybody but Lee. This is ludicrous. A fighting method is only as good as the
individual applying it. A reverse punch in the face is just as undesirable as is a
right cross. A muay Thai round kick, a savate chasse, or a Jun Fan jeet tek,
when all are properly executed, produce the same result: a broken leg. Judge
the man, not the style. You can give the Los Angeles Raiders' playbook to the
worst high school football team in the country, and if that team's record
remains 0-12, does that mean the Raiders' plays are no good?

Then there is the belief held by some
that Jun Fan/jeet kune do [term used
by the jkd nucleus currently, Loong
was first to use in print & not in a
political connotation] instructors and
students are not capable of the type of
hard-core training used by
professional boxers, Thai boxers or
savate fighters. One must first look at
the goals of those who are training. A
middle-aged businessman who makes
his living in an office would be
unwise to attempt such a workout schedule if he intends to remain healthy and
employed. A young, motivated man who wants to be a champion above all else
will gladly undertake the harsh training. Commercially, it isn't a sound buiness
practice to work one's students to death without their compliance and desire.
Yet there are definitely small groups of dedicated Jun Fan/jeet kune do
practitioners who conduct hard-core training privately in garages and
backyards, just as Lee himself did..

The Jun Fan martial arts boil down to Bruce Lee expressing himself as a
martial artist. To view the Jun Fan arts as just a hodgepodge conglomeration of
a thousand styles of fighting is to completely miss the point. The Jun Fan
system cannot in any way be looked at separately from the jeet kune do
concepts. Just as a man without a soul is no longer a man, so it is with the Jun
Fan arts and jeet kune do. Which goes right back to the problem of figuring out
exactly what jeet kune do is.

Unfortunately, either you understand or you don't, and that is that!

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