Interview with GM Bustillo by David & Todd Patefield

David and Todd Patefield are 18-year old twins from Charlotte, NC.


Q 1: How old were you when you first started martial arts?

A : “I was 8 years old when I started in Judo, 10 years old training in boxing, 14 years old in Kajukenbo, boxing again at 19 years old, and 24 years old in Jeet Kune Do with Bruce Lee.”


Q 2: What style of school did you first start at?

A: Same as above, Judo


Q 3: How old were you when you first started thinking about making martial arts your life?

A:  “I didn’t plan or think about making martial arts my career or life. I only wanted to train in martial arts. It was by fate that I started teaching.  It was my teacher Dan Inosanto who encouraged and inspired me to start teaching”


Q 4: What do you feel is your best or most skilled martial arts style?

A: “I feel Jeet Kune Do is the best form of martial arts because Jeet Kune Do is about self-expressing yourself. You express the techniques and not doing the techniques. We believe in ourselves, have faith in ourselves, and express ourselves.”


Q 5: How old were you when you first met Bruce Lee?

A: “I was 23 years old when I first met Bruce Lee and 24 years old when I started training with him at the Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Los Angeles Chinatown”


Q 6: What made you want to learn from Bruce Lee?

A: “Bruce Lee was un-classical and untraditional in his martial arts way; he believed that the individual is more important than any martial arts style, system, or method.”


Q 7: What is your favorite thing that Bruce Lee taught you?

A: “There are many favorite things about Bruce Lee’s way that I enjoy. One is being true to yourself in martial arts training. What martial arts technique works for some may not work for others. You have to be honest on what really works for you.”


Q 8: What is your favorite style to teach to students?

A: “My favorite style is my own personal style – Jeet Kune Do. I’ve learned that my style of martial arts is more than punching and kicking. It is about respecting your elders and family and anyone else that I come in contact with. It is about achieving confidence in school, sports, business, and everyday life.”


Q 9: Do you have any other notable instructors?

A: “I have had many instructors that I’ve learned from; Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto, Cacoy Canete, and many others.”


Q 10: Was there ever a time you thought about ending your martial arts career?

A: “I will never end my martial arts career. I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy doing for the rest of my life. When you enjoy doing what you love to do, it is never work. I am engrossed in one of the highest of all the skills of man…teaching others to gain self-confidence and to attain more self-respect by being able to defend themselves against the unknown and untimely in this violent world we must live in today.”


Q 11: Do you feel there is still room to learn?

A: “There will always be room to learn. One needs to be like water. Water can flow. For once you stop the flow of water it becomes stagnant. Be water and keep flowing, keep growing, keep learning.


Q 12: Do you feel you have accurately continues Bruce Lee’s legacy?

A: “I truly feel that I am perpetuating and preserving Bruce Lee’s legacy. It is my life’s responsibility to protect the good name of Bruce Lee and his Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do.”


Q 13: Is there anything in your martial arts career you would change if you could?

A: “I wouldn’t change anything in my martial arts journey. I’ve learn through my trials and errors in my martial arts growth.”


Q 14: What interested you to learn and publicize doce pares?

A: “In my International Martial arts Boxing trilogy of the weaponry range, the striking range and the grapping range, I selected the Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima for its practicality and functional self-defense, sport and fitness training methods.”


Q 15: What was the most challenging style for you to learn?

A: “All my martial arts training was a challenge. A challenge for me is to be the best that I can be. Being dedicated, focused and responsible for my own ignorance was a big challenge. In a challenge tough times never last…tough people do.”


Q 16: How many styles have you learned?

A: “I have studied and trained in many, many martial arts styles. To many to list for the weaponry range of Eskrima, Kali, Arnis, or the striking range of boxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Boran, and the grappling ranges of wrestling, judo, jiujitsu, aikido, etc.”


Q 17: What style is your lowest rank?

A: “My lowest rank is my white belt. I will always be a beginning student. Even though I have the second highest rank in Cacoy Doce Pares 12 rank system, I have an 11th rank Grandmaster status. I am a high ranking Sigung in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do; one of a few surviving 1st generation instructors of Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. I am certified as a Kru (instructor) in Muay Thai, a certified Sensei (instructor) in Japanese Catchascatchcan Wrestling and Judo, and a coach and official in USA Boxing”


Q 18: What made Bruce Lee’s art different from the rest?

A: “Bruce Lee’s art of Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do is different from other martial arts way because it is not  system, nor a style, nor a method of any traditional martial arts way. In each man’s Jeet Kune Do journey, he must find his own truth, his own martial arts way. Each individual is his/her own best teacher. Similar to each individual’s signature…each individual signature is different from another signature.”


Q 19: What is Bruce Lee’s art?

A: “Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do is to use no way as way, and having no limitations as limitations. Bruce Lee’s inspiration continues to guide us toward our personal liberation.