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Jeet Kune Do “Way of the Intercepting Fist”, the martial art that Bruce Lee created and often highlighted in his motion pictures, is a dynamic and explosive martial art that flows through all ranges.
It develops the body, mind, and spirit by fusing physical movements with philosophy, as Bruce Lee intended and designed.
“When you fight, fight not only with the body, and not only with your mind, but with your entire spirit.” —Bruce Lee
Sifu (teacher) Joel Ledlow learned Jeet Kune Do (JKD) as a private student from Jerry Poteet who learned directly from Bruce Lee, making Joel a second-generation instructor. Sifu Ian Baggett is a third-generation instructor under Sifu Joel.
While Bruce Lee was the one to forge the art of Jeet Kune Do, it was his student Jerry Poteet who lived the “Way of the Intercepting Fist”, refining JKD over the nearly 40 years between Bruce’s untimely death in July of 1973 and Jerry’s own passing in January of 2012. Today, Joel Ledlow keeps his teacher’s legacy of Jeet Kune Do alive and strong at Evolution Martial Arts, teaching Jeet Kune Do as it was passed to him.
“The difference between doing and being.” —Sifu Jerry Poteet
This training works to improve the individual through exploration and discovery, making it a great learning environment for the beginner with no experience, the student with some prior martial arts experience, and the advanced practitioner.
“We aren’t learning Jeet Kune Do, we’re learning from Jeet Kune Do.” —Sifu Joel Ledlow
Jeet Kune Do works to access an individual’s full potential physically, mentally and spiritually. While JKD practitioners learn to shape their own kinetic energy into powerful strikes, they also learn how to manipulate their opponent’s kinetic energy and use it against them. Greater awareness gained through energy drills, sometimes called sensitivity drills, increases efficiency and allows JKD practitioners to defeat opponents that are bigger, stronger and faster. The “open-end” of energy training allows the JKD practitioner to continue to grow beyond the physical prowess of striking alone.
Joel once asked his teacher how he could continue to grow in Jeet Kune Do. Sifu Jerry replied that he should teach each of his students to their fullest potential. In this way, both teacher and student would continue to become better as martial artists and as people.