Bruce Lee and the martial art Jeet Kune Do

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Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee developed his form of the martial arts to be as effective as possible. It's goal was simplicity. As Bruce himself once said, "The art of Jeet Kune Do is simply to simplify." His purpose in creating it was to eliminate all the unecessary points, and focus on the important facets which prove useful in real combat. Jeet Kune Do is the outcome of his ideas, thought, and fighting experiences.

Bruce was trained in the classical Wing Chun style. This is how he gained knowledge enough to concoct his own method. When he first began teaching he taught mainly Wing Chun, or a loosely based form of Wing Chun. Later on, he changed it to Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. In English it's Bruce Lee's the way of the intercepting fist. As is said, Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or means which serve its end [Lee 12].

It only has approximately 5 punches and 4 kicks. The reason for this is because it takes much longer than a lifetime to perfect something, many think it can't be done, so only few kicks and punches are used. While a person still may not be capable of getting it just right in their time on earth, they can do a lot better than if they had many a things to work on. This is more relevant when dealing with actual fighting. If you focus on directness then the goal is easier to achieve.

Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do to be as effective as possible. He designed it with real combat in mind. He didn't believe in practicing routines or stunts that lead nowhere [Lee 15]. The hand techniques that are used...