Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do (JKD)
Another aspect of Yip Man‘s teaching involved freedom. JKD has less structured moves and techniques than some Oriental martial arts such as Karate and Aikido. When he was learning under the Master, lessons were both highly structured but also free. Endless repetitions of moves and drills with sticks were conducted in a seemingly haphazard manner in that few seeing followed a set format. Yip Man also favoured free sparring between partners.
As such, Lee learned martial arts in an atmosphere that was both free and innovative, but also disciplined and traditional. That can be seen in JKD, where the nature of the martial art encourages individuality, with each fighter utilising exactly the same kicks, punches and throws in a manner best suited to them.
Jeet Kune Do is essentially a blend of old traditions in a new style, and is a fusion and mixture with many origins. It is also more of a philosophy, and an ongoing process of discovery, as opposed to a fixed, finite martial art discipline. A similar statement can be said of its creator, Bruce Lee. Indeed, the philosophy and statement of Jeet Kune Do is “having no limitation as limitation.” The same statement applies equally to this flexible, powerful martial art and its colourful founder, Bruce Lee.