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Technical aspects of JKD Ideology

The Technical specifics of the JKD Ideology and how it differs from other teaching is outlined below

Specifics of the art, ( if any ! )


The aim of the art is simply to cripple, immobilize or eliminate, in the shortest possible time with the most minimum of effort. There is no place for techniques which dont achieve this goal, as this is not about point fighting or sport combat.


The advantages  from various  Martial Arts are absorbed & the limitations/ disadvantages  are rejected. There is a freedom from styles.


The stance is a narrow upright one, permitting quick springy movements, inspired by Western Boxing. It may be matched or unmatched. This is a street  wise stance compared to the deep wide stance of karate.


Footwork is from Fencing, is quick & springy, with a One  sided Lead Stance prevailing. Economy of movement, with only small minimum movement.


Balance developed is Dynamic, in motion, rather than in static stances.


Deflective Parrying is preferred to rigid blocking.


Fluidity & flowing with the opponents force is advocated. Resisting force is discouraged.


Interception is preferred over Parry & Counter.


Feinting & Strategies are a translation of Sun- Tzus Art Of War


Lead Hand/ Foot Attacks are preferred. All attacks are indirect with feints. Attacks are non focussed, going thru the target.


Non Telegraphic fast movements are preferred to Telegraphic ones.


Fighting is dynamic with Ranges changing from moment to moment. 


Each exponent   personalizes the art to suit his requirement, his size & his skills.


Rhythm is a broken one, and never regular attack parry counter type.


Strong In Fighting.


Range fighting is a characteristic feature .


One learns to fight in all Ranges, namely


Kicking Range

Punching Range

Elbow-Knee-Head Butt Range

Grappling Range

Groundwork Range

The foul Tactics are absorbed & the limitations/ rules are rejected.



Specifics of the Kicking Range-


Inspiration from Japanese Karate, Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu, & Korean Taekwondo

The Thrusting movement is replaced by a no locking extension of the knee.

 Kicking with the lead foot is the lead foot is nearer to the opponent.

Non telegraphic precision fast kicks preferred to the slow powerful telegraphic ones.

A dynamic stance which is non static and always moving is used.

Low kicks to the groin and kicks which break the knee(only a 12 kg force can break the knee) are preferred to high kicks which require  years of training.

Kicking the groin or the knees is more damaging than kicking the body.



Specifics of the Punching Range-


Inspiration from western Boxing

The Thrusting movement of Karate punches is replaced by a no locking extensions  of the elbow.

Straight line punches of Eastern arts are replaced by arcing punches of western arts.

Punching with the lead hand is preferred.

Again, a dynamic stance which is never static and ever moving is used.

Foul Movements of Back fisting, Groin Slamming & body spinning are combined with the boxing actions.

Foul attacks to the kidney, back of the head, groin incorporated.

A finger jab to the eyes  is better than a punch to the face.



Specifics of the Trapping Range-


Inspiration from Wing Tsun Kung Fu and western Boxing

The punching movements of boxing are combined with the sense of feeling ( chi sao ) and Hand immobilizations and traps of Wing Tsun .

Trapping and immobilizing the opponents hand is adopted from Kung-Fu

One learns to feel the opponents energies (rather than see) and sense openings by the ancient Chinese exercise Chi-sao.

The fixed stance of Wing Tsun is replaced by the leading  stance.

Wide range of kicks used as opposed to the few straight line kicks of Wing Tsun.



Specifics of the Knee- Elbow Range-


One learns to hit with practically every part of the body.For eg: head, elbow ,forearm ,knee and heel.

Inspiration from Filipino Kali & Muoy Thai from Thailand.

Attacks with Head butting, Elbow hooking , Kneeing and hitting with any & all parts of the body like the shoulder, hip, foot stomping, eye jabbing, etc used, along with the boxing rhythm.

An ever preparedness to switch to the farther punching range or the  nearer Grappling range is developed.



Specifics of the Grappling Range-


Inspiration from Japanese JudoKarate, Western Wrestling, Chinese Shaolin Chin-na & Filipino Wrestling .

Jacket Holds replaced by Body grips (since there may be no judo jacket on the opponent ! )

Throwing from Judo, Locking from Filipino  wrestling  & Leverage from western wrestling & the flowing from Aikido adapted.

Head locks & cranks, Neck strangles & shoulder locks used as primary tactics.

Impact blows like punching, kicking,etc are permitted.

Joint locking and joint breaking from aikido and wrestling are taught.

Basic body contact is taught with opponent of various sizes .Eg heavier and taller opponents and the exponent is made to understand the strong and weak forces generated by the opponent. He also loses his fear of close combat with a man double his size.

Specifics of the Groundwork Range-


Inspiration from Japanese Judo, Western Wrestling, & Filipino Wrestling.

Jacket Holds replaced by Body grips, (since there may be no judo jacket on the opponent ! )

Pin downs from Judo, Locking from Filipino  wrestling  & Leverage from western wrestling adapted.

Head locks & cranks, Neck strangles, spine breaks & shoulder locks used.

Impact blows like punching, kicking, etc are permitted.

Foul tactics like Eye gouging, nose pushing & ear grabbing, pinching & biting encouraged.

The goals are not to pin the shoulders or hips to the ground, but to destroy the opponent.


Weaponry- ( excluding firearms )


Inspiration from  Filipino Kali.

All weapons like sticks, staff, sword, Knife, Nunchaku & formless wpns.

Along with attacking with the above, Empty handed defenses to all the above weapons are also taught.

Defense to Weapon attacks   by professional experts, as well as by wild aggressive street fighters developed.



Mob fighting


Mob Fighting and fighting in special situations is developed via special drills where various situations are created using various locations and varied weapons used  with full contact where injury is encouraged.

Men are clashed together (at different ranges) with taller, heavier, more aggressive opponents

By our special drills, situations are created where one does not find time to think/use fixed technique but allows his animal survival instinct to find appropriate technique for the relevant situation thereby letting the mind go free, its own way.



The Defense


The defense aims at deflecting (Parrying) the opponents forces rather than opposing it (blocking) as in Karate .In a strong cyclone, rigid trees get uprooted but the adapting flexible grass reeds always survive. Hence the exponent is taught to be soft yet not yielding ,firm yet not hard.

Interception (or landing a counter attack before the opponents attack touches you) is preferred to parrying (or blocking) followed by counter-attack

Basic footwork is taken from fencing and boxing.

Basic stance is an upright street wise comfortable stance compared to deep wide stance of karate.



Special drills


These aim at teaching body contact and training the exponent in facing multiple opponents and mobs

He is taught to sense the resultant vector of the combined forces of the multiple opponents and to use it to his advantage Hence the force of the mob itself is used to overcome /dissociate the mob



Mental Growth


Along with tremendous physical fitness ,

Mental conditioning (for qualities of endurance, determination, willpower , etc)

Attitude is developed for mental growth where qualities like simplicity, directness, effectivity, openness of mind and fluidity are developed.



In conclusion


The art is based on the principles of simplicity, directness and effectivity. The opponent learns to find technique rather than apply fixed technique .

It teaches spontaneity (Muen Munshi - in Zen Buddism), One thought - one action and no mind (doubtless mind).

JKD is simply a word to denote the reality in combat, that combat is savage and brutal and knows no style. When faced with a taller, stronger, heavier and more aggressive man you are in a mess and if you know that you will survive.

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Special features of JKD training at UCCA


# JKD Ideology Training is imparted at mutually convenient timings and locations by prior appointment.

# Entry is by careful scrutiny & selection to exclude low socio economic, uneducated, anti social elements & those with criminal records.

# One to two hour sessions are planned, depending on the current level of expertise. Training 6 am to 8 pm, Weekdays as well as Weekends batches. 

# Total Course duration is 55 hours, which can be completed at your own pace & leisure.

# For Enrollment, Give us a call, schedule an appointment & meet with us, so as to understand our offered modules & to let us understand ur needs.


# Training includes:


1. Technical Combat Training

2. Equipment Training.

3. Sparring (Fighting) Full contact (Seniors)

4. Weapons Training.

5. Mental Training to optimize utilization of Intellectual facilities.

6.  Cultivation of Philosophical attitudes.

7. A No Nonsense & Logical approach to Lifes problem solving

8. Spirituality via Zen, Taoism & Buddhism

9. Meditation, Positive Visualization & Hypnotic Suggestions for Controlling Fear Response.

10. Diet Principles to gain & lose weight,

11. Nutrition Study to improve Performance

12. Physical Fitness Training .

13. Weight Training for Body Shaping.

14.  Cardio Training for Stamina development.

15. Study of Human Body Anatomy & Physiology.

16. Workbooks & Home Study Projects.

17. Media Learning via Audio-Video Tapes & DVDs / CDs

18. Thesis Compilations

19. Pressure Points & Vital Target Study

20. Group Discussions, Leadership Qualities.

21. Study of Applicable Civil Laws & Police Procedures.

22. Counselling & Psychotherapy for Self Esteem & Positive Self Image.

23. Applications of Jeet Kune Do to Anything & Everything

24. Street Combat

25. Many Newer Subjects are added time to time.


(Where every thought is followed by its appropiate action, without the doubting mind)

Bottom Note:


The Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do Ideology, Mumbai



 The Jeet Kune Do Ideology Mumbai is inspired by fighting principles of the legendary Lee & Sun Tzus art of War.


This Jeet Kune Do ideology will help the Mumbai based martial Arts seeker and practitioner to find his destination. The destination can vary from physical prowess in the ring to combat & martial art skills to mental balance and eventually to spiritual development.


Jeet Kune Do is a journey and represents each mans search for truth both in the Martial arts and in life.  Lee has said that  via Jeet Kune Do Life opens its avenues to us.


Lee  founded Jeet Kune Do, but wished he did not have a name for it. Lee  fans and martial arts enthusiasts all over the world have elevated the word Jeet Kune Do to its present spectacular status.


The martial arts seekers and Lee fans in Mumbai can avail of these benefits from the Jeet Kune Do Ideology.


Those outside Mumbai, in and around India can also approach us for guidance in their Jeet Kune Do journey. If you are prepared to travel to Mumbai, we will help you with your martial arts evolution. 

Knowing is not enough, We must apply.
Willing is not enough, We must do.
 - Lee

Dr Seema Rao