The Way of the Intercepting Fist
In Jeet Kune Do, Lee teaches that in order to be a great fighter, one must be a total fighter. What this means is that you must familiarize yourself with what he considered to be the utmost importance in being a complete martial artist: the four ranges of combat. These four consisted of punching, kicking, trapping, and grappling. What made JKD different than other styles was the focus in all training in all four, rather than the standard two that most other branches taught.
Although Lee did not concern himself with the actual term and thought of it as nothing more than a label to call his philosophy, Jeet Kune Do, when broken down by each individual word, literally means “the way of the intercepting fist”. He believed that the best defence is a strong offence. Put into action, the one being attacked should approach, rather than avoid, the attacker and in turn, intercept the striking movement. Lee also believed this act of interception could be applied to non-verbal cues as well, by identifying the subtle unintentional tells of the body.