Jeet Kune Do (also called JKD for short, and Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do) is martial art that essentially uses what works and discards what doesn’t. It is the system and philosophy introduced by Bruce Lee (who Sifu Bustillo trained under), who believed that fighting styles tended to be too rigid and therefore, unrealistic as fighting systems. Jeet Kune Do was his combining of techniques into something more spontaneous; something that could respond to situations as they arose, as opposed to a system based on certain assumptions which may not necessarily match the reality of a fight.
Jeet Kune Do stresses economy of motion, different ranges of combat, and ways of attack. The system and philosophy of Bruce Lee should not be confused with a static and rigid system. Rather, Jeet Kune Do provides us with a framework from which to develop our own fighting systems.
One of the great misunderstandings of Jeet Kune Do is the belief that Bruce Lee taught against rigid styles and then left us with a rigid style known as Jeet Kune Do. This is a misnomer that confuses the concept of Jeet Kune Do with an actual set of specific punches, kicks and other attacks that were meant to be considered “correct” at the expense of other variations of those techniques. Jeet Kune Do concepts provide us with a fluid system that allows for students to develop the techniques that work for them. Some consider JKD to be a precursor to MMA (though JKD wasn’t geared towards competition, but rather real life situations).
It’s no surprise that Jeet Kune Do is especially popular in Los Angeles. For one, it’s where Bruce Lee taught his students (including Sifu Bustillo, one of his original students). But Los Angeles in general is a hotbed for martial arts, so it makes sense that JKD would be especially popular here, as it itself is a melting pot of various martial arts. As IMB Academy is located in the Los Angeles area, specifically in the South Bay area (which includes Torrance, Carson, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, CA), it is perfectly located for anyone looking to practice Jeet Kune Do in Los Angeles.
As one of Bruce Lee’s original students, Sifu Bustillo teaches JKD as it was meant to be taught: as a system that allows students their own self expression, allowing them to be, essentially, like water.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. That water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.”