Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do
Jun Fan Gung Fu-
Was developed by martial arts legend Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) after much research and training. Sijo (founder) Bruce Lee began training in Gung Fu (Kung Fu) at an early age his main style being Wing Chun. His teacher was the famous Yip (Ip) Man.
In addition to Wing Chun, Sijo Bruce used to trade his knowledge with others while living in Hong Kong. For example, he may say hey, i’ll show you some Wing Chun if you show me some Preying Mantis… He did this because he just wanted the knowledge to add to what he knew, but the top man would never teach like that.
In China especially back then, a teacher would require a student to be loyal and learn the basics for a while before they showed them anything else, the idea to just steal a few techniques would never fly. So Bruce would go to the second or third man and exchange information. In this way he learned a variety of skills from various arts.
Bruce also ran around with some tough guys and got into a good amount of trouble as a teenager getting into a lot of fights, for this reason mainly he was shipped off to America (where he was born) by his father, first San Francisco and the Seattle. It was while he was in Seattle going to school that he really began to develop his art.
At first Sijo Bruce taught WIng Chun to fellow students and friends (along with elements from the other styles he learned in Hong Kong.) But he soon ran into problems… These guys were bigger and stronger than the guys he fought in Hong Kong, second they fought in unconventional ways. They didn’t “do Gung Fu” they were street fighters WITH EXPERIENCE!
This is where Sijo realized that what he had and his understanding of what he had was not enough. And he began to research and develop in order to deal with these new friends.
He continued to trade information with any martial artist of worth he could find and began reading all he could, studying super eight film of other styles and using his own training as a laboratory to test his knew theories.
At this point he was still of the notion that he could create an “ultimate style” of Chinese Gung Fu, this idea would later evolve… At this point in time he developed the foundational ideas of his art some of which are:
- The idea of four ranges of combat.
- Favoring drills and sparring over solo form training
- The idea one style doesn’t have all the answers etc…
At first he called his art Non-classical Gung Fu because it changed enough from pure wing chun to warrant a new name. As he continued to develop he called the art after himself. This was due to evolution but also the inclusion of many of his own personal realizations and ideas. Hence the name Jun Fan Gung Fu. In other words what he was saying when asked what style do you do, he was saying I do MY style!
At this point his art was still very Wing Chun centered but this began to evolve. Soon Sijo moved to Oakland California and moved in with his friend James Yim Lee who was a body builder, iron palm expert and shaolin Kung Fu man.
This relationship (along with some others from that time period) really started to influence Sijo Bruce in terms of Body Building, running, nutrition and equipment training.
This is where Sijo really started to realize that while the art is indeed important you must have the physical attributes to pull it off.
It was during this time that Sijo fought a man at his school who told him that he was not allowed to teach non-Chinese and they were there to close his school down. Sijo being how he was was infuriated at this man and so the doors were locked and the fight began.
According to all witnesses Sijo Bruce not only won the fight but CLEARLY won the fight. Those guys left wounded and with their tail between their legs, but Sijo Bruce was not happy with his performance. And it was this moment that changed history forever…
Jun Fan Kick Boxing-
One of the first things he noticed was that he was very winded. Even though he began power training already with weights, his cardio was lacking. This began his avid running bicycle and rope jumping routine.
Also his art of Jun Fan Gung Fu was still too restricting. His kicks were close range to medium range kicks, his hand strikes were mostly close range Wing Chun strikes and grappling of any sort was almost nonexistent. He was chasing his opponent trying to get into close and medium range instead of freely adapting to the situation.
This is where we can see Sijo Bruce really getting into western boxing and longer range kicking styles. The footwork and hands was all boxing and the kicks were from mostly at that time northern Shaolin and his own development etc…
Some developments we see from this time period are:
- Boxing as a primary inspiration.
- Intense cardio training
- More and longer range kicks
- Flowing from range to range
- More grappling
Jeet Kune Do-
Soon after Sijo Bruce moved to Los Angeles and this is where his final evolution developed. Los Angeles is where he met many very high level martial artists, nutrition experts body builders etc.. And this is where he really blossomed. He really began digesting the works of J. Krishnamurti and others and started to speak about ideas of transcending styles altogether.
Some key points from this era are:
- Sijo realized that there is no such thing as an “ultimate style” there is only what is appropriate for the situation so we must be as well rounded as possible.
- Fencing as a primary inspiration.
- Physical fitness and personal ability as a prime reason who win or lose a fight.
- High level nutrition and physical training.
- Self evolution through martial arts and endless journey of discovery change and adaptation.
He began to frown on the idea of a school with a set curriculum. Instead he seen a Sifu (teacher) in Jeet Kune Do as a coach or personal guide for a student. He felt it all had to be adapted to the individual person and taught on a one on one basis.
It was through fencing that he really began to think of the idea of intercepting the attack as the best method of winning a fight, the highest level. In other words if you know someone is going to shoot you and you shoot them before they get their finger on the trigger, then that is the safest way to deal with the situation.
The name Jeet Kune Do in fact actually means the way of the intercepting fist! As great of an idea it is, it is also very difficult to pull off because it takes a very high level degree of skill. It is only reached after much hard work. And maybe some people will never reach this pinnacle of excellence!
Some of the highest ideals of JKD are:
- Absorb what is useful to you through experience and hard training.
- Reject (for yourself) what is useless (to you personally).
- Add what is specifically your own (innovation adaption etc.)
At this time some aspects of JKD were:
- Great physical fitness and nutrition.
- Interpersonal research.
- Personal evolution and enlightenment.
- Not being stuck in any style even what JKD is or is not.
- Fast footwork
- Sparring and equipment training as the primary way to train.
- Much more research into grappling arts.
So to recap we can see that Wing Chun is the spine of what we do both physically and conceptually, Jun Fan martial arts both the Gung Fu and kick boxing are the meat that are on the bones of Wing Chun and the core of our martial arts skill.
Jeet Kune Do is the natural evolution of the Jun Fan Arts, starting off as a refinement and whittling down to their essence the Jun Fan arts and then later becoming a concept of transcendence of all arts including Jun Fan. Where the person stands alone as a person not an art. Freely expressing themselves in their live and seeking personal liberation in all things.
Rick Ray has been a student of Bruce Lee’s martial arts since the late 1970’s through book study and then actual teachers starting in the early 1980’s. Mr. Ray has been certified and has learned under many different Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do instructors. The original students of Bruce Lee that Mr. Ray has trained with are:
- Jesse Glover
- Ed Hart
- Dan Inosanto
- Ted Wong
- Larry Hartsell
- Jerry Poteet
Mr. Ray has also trained with a long list of second and third generation instructors as well.
After 40 years of research and training in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Mr. Ray was blessed to find not only a kindred spirit and brother in Blaise Loong who Mr. Ray considers his “final Sifu” (teacher) in the Bruce Lee arts.
Sifu Dan and Sifu Blaise
Here is a small bio for Sifu Blaise taken from his site:
“The Chief Instructor at the Blays-Halla Battle Academy is Torké Blaise Loong. Blaise has been a student of Warcraft for over 20 years. He has spent the majority of those years (since 1979) as a personal disciple of Sifu Dan Inosanto. Authorized to teach both the Filipino and Jun Fan Martial Arts since 1981, Blaise has steadfastly maintained both the Lacoste/Inosanto System and Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method in their purest forms.
Blaise has also had the privilege of training one-on-one with several of Sifu Inosanto’s personal mentors, years before they ever went ‘big-time’ public. This includes Grandmaster Leo Giron of Bahala Na International, Grandmaster Edgar Sulite of Lameco Eskrima International (private student 1992-1997), and Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif of Silat Seni Gayong America. In 1980, Blaise introduced Ajarn Chai Sirisute to Sifu Inosanto, which brought about the linking of the Filipino Kali Academy with the Thai Boxing Association of America.
Following the advice of Sifu Inosanto, Blaise has often traveled to South East Asia in order to perfect his fighting skills. Blaise has lived with the Minangkabau of Sumatra, the Tausugs of Sulu, and with an old hermitic Wali Suci in Central Java. Each of these tribes are devoutly Muslim. Although Blaise is a Jesus believing Christian, he overcame anti-Western and anti-Christian prejudices to become the first non-muslim to ever be taught some of these tribes’ closely guarded Warcraft secrets. Blaise has since been given a Muslim name and carries the Melayu title of Hulubalang (Warlord). Blaise was further honored when the legendary Bugis Warlord Mahaguru Dato’ (Datu) Meor Abdul Rahman, the leader of over 800,000 warriors, formally adopted him as his son.
Being part Chiricahua Apache, Blaise sought out his relatives on the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations in South Eastern Arizona. After proving himself worthy to the elders, the old Grandfathers (since 1985) have meticulously trained Blaise in 3 areas : hunting and survival, Nagondzog — the uniquely Apache brand of guerrilla warfare, made famous by such Warchiefs as Geronimo and Cochise, and Diyin, the Apache realm of supernatural Power.
Blaise’s search for Warcraft ultimately led him to Scandinavia, where he lived and trained in several remote villages above the Arctic Circle, learning the Old Norse arts of battle. Men such as Sigurd Krystalsson, Thorfinn Sigmundsson, and Kulbay Torsson taught Blaise the use of sword, shield, spear, battleaxe, bow, knife, and warhammer.
In 1985, Blaise was called upon to help establish a Combatives Course for the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) — that’s Green Berets to you civilians. Blaise has since trained Special Operations personnel in 3 areas : sentry neutralization [empty-hand, knife, garrote], close quarter termination, and improvised weapons [“caveman technology”].
All of this accumulated martial knowledge — WARCRAFT, as we call it — is taught and mastered at the Blays-Halla Battle Academy, the anvil where Warriors are forged!”
Mr. Ray has taken all of his accumulated knowledge of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do and with the main inspiration of Sifu Blaise’s “Bone Head” approach simple direct functional (in other words JKD lol) he has created a system of instruction in his Tribal Arts program to take a person from beginner to advanced in the art and technologies of Sijo Bruce Lee.
Our Jun Fan class is safe and loads of fun, but is also a work class (like all classes at our school) the focus is on street fighting and real combat. We train to be highly functional. Some of our methods used daily in class are:
- Equipment drills
- Partner training
- Energy drills sparring
- Scenario training
If your main goal in training is to become a high skilled fighter for the street (real life fighting no sport) in the shortest time possible, if you want to get in great shape as a result, this class is for you!
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