Jeet Kune Do Defined
Jeetkunedo, Jeet Kune Do, or JKD was founded by Bruce Lee in 1967. Prior to 1967 Bruce was teaching what he called Jun Fan Gung Fu which was heavily based on Wing Chun Gung Fu. Around 1967, when the term Jeetkunedo first emerged Bruce Lee was making many changes in his fighting philosophy. One major change was the dissolving of trapping which was more dominant in Jun Fan Gung Fu. Based on a simple theory, "If you have time to trap, you have time to hit". Jeetkunedo has a strong foundation in western boxing and fencing unlike its predecessor. Jeetkunedo is based on simplicity, directness and non classical movement (economy of motion).
The Founder - Bruce Lee (1940-1973)
Bruce Lee was an actor, martial artist, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, the founder of Jun Fun Fan Gung Fu, founder of Jeetkunedo, a cultural icon, and most of all the greatest martial artist of our time. Bruce initially trained in Wing Chun Gung Fu, but later rejected the classical martial arts favoring a more scientific approach. In 1967 Bruce Lee coined the term Jeetkunedo "The Way of The Intercepting Fist", also known as JKD. This was his personal expression of martial arts based on his research and philosophy. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts action films around the world. Jeetkunedo is only one of Bruce Lee's many legacies that he left the world.
The Protégé - Sifu Ted Wong (1937-2010)
Sifu Ted Wong trained with Bruce Lee from 1967-1973. He had the opportunity to train with Bruce Lee at his martial arts school and privately. During the time that he trained with Bruce they became close friends. Sifu Wong received his certificate in jeetkunedo directly from Bruce Lee. Sifu Wong never had any other martial arts instructor other than Bruce Lee and he continued to practice and teach the art of Jeetkunedo the way that Bruce taught him for over 37 years around the world. The students of Ted Wong often call the version of Ted Wong Jeet Kune Do to differentiate the lineage of Bruce Lee's teachings.
"His final appearance was in Tulsa, OK (September 26 - 27 2010) where he attended to support the 1st TWJKD "Next Generation" event, a gathering consisting mainly of his loyal TWJKD students, coaches and instructors. An event he was proud of. He was accompanied with his wife, Simo Krina, senior mentor, Allen Joe and his wife." - Bob Landers
The World's Greatest Fighter – Joe Lewis (1944-2012)
In 1966, with only 22 months of training, Joe Lewis had won the grand championship of the first tournament he entered, The U.S. Nationals promoted by Jhoon Rhee. Joe Lewis was approached by Bruce Lee in early 1967 in which Bruce Lee asked him to allow him to teach him the different mechanics from his system in which he gave no name for at that time. Joe Lewis first ignored Bruce Lee because he was not fond of Chinese fighters or Kung-fu non-fighting styles in those days. Later Bruce Lee went through Mike Stone, a good friend of Joe Lewis to capture his attention. In 1967 Joe began training privately with Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee would have Joe Lewis test out his theories of fighting at tournaments. Mike Stone and Chuck Norris were also training with Bruce Lee around this time period. Joe Lewis was voted by the top fighters and promoters as the greatest karate fighter of all time in 1983. Chuck Norris and Bill "Superfoot" Wallace tied for second place. Joe Lewis continued his research into the martial arts science which lead to the formation of Joe Lewis Fighting Systems and his annual JLFS research conference. Joe Leiws is also know as the father of American Kickboxing.
"One of Grandmaster Joe Lewis final teaching appearances was in Jackson, MS (March 10, 2012) at the 2nd Fight Clinic. This was also the 1st annual Joe Lewis day. Joe Lewis presented Jeremy Gordon with his black belt certificate, and then presented Jeremy Gordon and Bob Landers with annual training center certificate. Jeremy Gordon, Bob Landers, Rodney Hitchcock and Zane Isaacs were present." – Jeremy Gordon
Jeremy "The Last Dragon" Gordon
Jeremy Gordon began his martial arts career at approximately 3-4 years of age training under various martial arts instructors and styles, including Jeetkunedo, until he met Ted Wong. Around this same time period Jeremy also joined Joe Lewis Fighting Systems. Ted Wong accepted Jeremy as a student by promoting him and authorizing him to teach his teachings in Bruce Lee's philosophical and scientific art of Jeetkunedo. In 2010 his promotion under Ted Wong was made official at the "Ted Wong Jeet Kune Do the Next Generation" training camp hosted by Bob Landers in Tulsa, OK. In 2012, at the 2nd Annual Jeet Kune Do Fight Clinic, Jeremy Gordon received his black belt from Joe Lewis and his Authorized Training Center license for Joe Lewis Fighting Systems from Joe Lewis. Jeremy Gordon, Rodney Hitchcock and Bob Landers founded Triad Jeet Kune Do™.
"The Jeet Kune Do Fight Clinic or The Fight Clinic was a way to honor Bruce Lee, Ted Wong and Joe Lewis. These individuals have given a lot to the martial arts and we will continue to honor the legacy that has been passed down to us, the next generation. Jeremy still continues his training in Ted Wong's teachings of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do and Joe Lewis teachings of the martial arts." – Jeremy Gordon
Triad Jeet Kune Do™ - The Next Generation
The mission of Triad Jeet Kune Do™ is to continue to perpetuate the teachings of the art of Jeetkunedo. We will maintain the integrity of the philosophical and scientific art of Jeetkunedo by honoring Si Gung Bruce Lee, and Sifu Ted Wong. We will do this by staying true to their teachings and continuing to grow while never to becoming stagnant on the journey. We will not add from external sources, but rather to creating from within. We will keep the art of Jeetkunedo alive by preparing the next generation and sharing our knowledge. We will find our own way and become true to ourselves.