Because I apply the concepts of JKD to what I do; I don't think the techniques themselves dictate JKD.
I think you're looking at that statement the wrong way, I don't claim to have established some new form of JKD. In my eyes JKD is not a form, it is a concept to be applied to one's studies of the martial arts as a whole. The way I phrased my statement was as such because I didn't feel the title of this thread fit what it was asking and I tried to sort of exploit that by pointing out a fundamental of the JKD philosophy.Do you teach your JKD?
The concepts found in JKD are found in most martial arts. Nothing new there. What makes "your JKD" Jeet Kune Do?
I am an instructor in the Lee-Inosanto lineage and the JKD concepts under Paul Vunak lineage. My thought's, Although Sijo Bruce Lee had a consuming ambition to break into the movies. Sijo found himself becoming gradually more and more fasciated with the philosophies of teaching, with the intricacies of conveying his physical and spiritual message to a variety of student's. He was determined to treat each student differently, as an individual, and not just resort to a set curriculum that everyone followed, with no regard to the personality. This as you see has lead everyone to these difficulties that we see today. Sijo Bruce Lee did not want the nomind drilling like a Karate class. He wanted each student to explore himself, and made it clear he wanted the number's low in class. He taught no more then 6 student's at anyone time. He wished for the instructor to help student's to explore internally, and
externally, using a method of provoking the student into reaching oneness with himself. So, I say follow what works for you!!!!
I would trust the writer of the above quote to be able to do his own thing and it still be JKD, because he has pedigree in JKD.
Immersion in an art such as JKD gives you the core skills to be able to add new material but give it the flavour of those core skills, otherwise you end up doing something that has a different core and is therefore another art and not JKD.
Not everyone's JKD is going to be the same. By this I am speaking beyond your pedigree. Whether you have trained with Ted Wong or Guru Dan, JKD is supposed to be one man's journey and self discovery/application through martial arts. Granted I believe the concepts laid out in the Tao (i.e. 5 ways of attack, 4 ranges, how to punch etc) are extremely important and should be a foundation to built upon, however one must realize had Bruce not died JKD would be ever evolving. JKD was something Bruce was doing for himself which ended up being broken down into concepts and ideas and shared with others. It is not an art set in stone like Kenpo or Shotokan.
Yes, I don't think anyone could disagree with this, my point was really that not just any old Tom, Dick or Harry can call their own martial journey Jeet Kune Do if they have not had a fair degree of direct guidance from an instructor with JKD pedigree. I am not saying that pedigree is a fixed thing like the attributes of a particular breed of dog, but that there are still certain apects, intricacies and underlying principles that make Jeet Kune Do Jeet Kune Do as opposed to something else, and that only certain accepted people within the overall art, be it concepts or Jun Fan, or a balance of both, can pass those foundations on to someone who is just starting out.
Just as important is running before one can walk. How long should one spend doing only what they are shown, before they start integrating other material?
For me, I am still very much a novice, but occasionally if it feels natural and I know it is going to work, I will slip in something from another art in which I am a 2nd dan and still train. But I am keeping this to a minimum and working instead on the wonderful array of things that are new to me.
do away with jun fan? jun fan is the framework of jkd, if you don't try it first how will you know what works and what doesn`t . you cant stray from the foundation until you have experienced it first and tested it. jkd is not about just taking a million techniques from different arts and calling it jkd, without the nucleus you dont have jkd. im also a concepts guy but i dont just throw stuff away. i thoroughly study it and thoroughly test it, and if it does not work for me i study it some more and test it a lot more and see if it was me or try to see if i can make it work in its original form, or if i have to modify it. bruce knew what he was doing. you dont just throw stuff away if it does not work after only trying it a few times and coming to a conclusion that quick, you almost have to analyze it scientifically first. if your own way isnt rooted in biomechanics and science it will probably get you beaten or killed or both. ps you do jkd? i thought you did karate in the garage with your bro.Concepts, i feel like people should do away with Jun Fan Gung Fu. It's just meant to illustrate JKD. It's not meant to be the end all be all. You're supposed to learn from Bruce's way in order to find your own way.