BRUCE LEE’S JEET KUNE DO
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.
IJKDC Combatives 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.
In 2014, Paul S. Lewis hosted the inaugural International Jeet Kune Do Comparison (IJKDC) event at the 50th anniversary Long Beach International Karate Championship (LBIKC). This event was initially designed to showcase the different skills of JKD practitioners from all over the world. With its continued success, we now welcome Martial Artists from all disciplines and styles including: MMA, Wing Chun, Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and more.
Our Founder and Chief Instructor Paul S. Lewis started his martial arts career all the way back in the late 1970’s, and went on to win back-to-back “No-Holds Barred” competitions after moving to Chicago, Illinois. Upon returning to the west in 1983, Sifu Lewis became an avid kick-boxer and eventually won the 1993 California State Open T.K.D. Championships. As Paul continued cross-training he began to question whether the systems he was training in at the time were truly conducive to dealing with real-life threatening encounters on the street. So, he began researching more combative options by seeking out specific instructors in earnest.
The original idea and concept for the IJKDC arose out of a conversation Sifu Lewis had with his Chief instructor Larry Hartsell, who recalled his own conversation about creating a similar event with the legendary Bruce Lee back in 1969. However, the idea was dropped when Lee returned to Hong Kong.