IJKDC History

Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do was developed in the 1960’s and was further evolved in the early 1970’s by its founder, the legendary Bruce Lee. Although, it was derived from more than one source of martial arts, its roots clearly come from Wing Chun Gung Fu, Boxing and even Fencing. Upon arriving stateside from Hong Kong, Bruce Lee settled in Seattle, WA. where he originally began teaching his first students. He then decided to move to Oakland, CA. where his teaching and personal approach continued to develop. Next, he moved further south into Los Angeles, CA. and opened up a school (kwoon) in the Chinatown district. There, he expanded greatly and accepted some celebrity students, such as famous Hollywood actors Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner, as well as basketball giant Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

In 2014 Paul S. Lewis started the first ever International Jeet Kune Do Championship (IJKDC) event at the Long Beach International Karate Championship (LBIKC). This event was designed to showcase the different skills of JKD practitioners from all over the world. We now welcome Martial Artists from all disciplines and styles including: MMA, Boxing and Muay Thai.

This first ever IJKDC was a part of the 50th Anniversary LBIKC to celebrate the ground-breaking martial arts contributions as set forth by Bruce Lee & Ed Parker Sr., started in the 1960’s. This event included a one-of-a-kind specialized JKD comparison, JKD seminar workshops conducted by select instructors, and a festive interactive dinner and discussion with our esteemed special guests, staff members and participants. This event is now being held semi-annually. This years event was held at the House of Gyms in Orange County, CA. Read More.

IJKDC Training focuses much on Bruce Lee’s original Jun Fan Gung Fu-Jeet Kune Do concepts and additionally effective cross-training strictly in reality based fighting methods. Our scientific approach offers any individual a chance to develop themselves to greater potentials through a series of streamlined principals designed for those mainly interested in a no-nonsense attitude towards serious self defense training.

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