Jeet Kune Do Concepts Vs. Original

A little Jeet Kune Do lesson for you today:

There is a misunderstanding in the Jeet Kune Do community that in my short time as an instructor, I have been approached about it by every student so far. It is a rift in the collective thinking of the community that is bound to show up if you do a little research into JKD.

Basically its the argument posed by two separate camps within the Jeet Kune Do community: Original and Concepts.

Those from the Original camp believe that Jeet Kune Do should be taught as Bruce Lee left it at the time of his death, with no personal modifications made to the system from instructor to instructor.

Concept believes that practitioners should embrace Bruce Lee’s original philosophy of, “taking what works, discarding what doesn’t, and adding in what is uniquely your own”, creating an ever evolving fighting system from instructor to instructor.

In my opinion, the misunderstanding is in the thinking that these are two separate things… when in fact, they are two sides to the same coin.

I could expound on this more, but I’ll say this simply:
1. Stick to the nucleus
2. Liberate from the nucleus
3. Return to original freedom

- Dan Sorber is the owner and instructor at Fight Club Martial Arts in Rehoboth Beach. He is ranked an advanced instructor in both Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai and has studied numerous other styles including Wing Chun, Shaolin Lohan, Tae Kwan Do and Isshinryu Karate. He can be reached at 302-396-7438 or
His school offers martial arts lessons in both Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai and instructs all ages

2 thoughts on “Jeet Kune Do Concepts Vs. Original

  1. I made a video concerning this topic that you may like:

    I see it the same way, but my view is that the whole Jun Fan gung fu / Jeet Kune Do “concepts” crowd is not doing anything even remotely close to what I would call JKD. They’ve lost the emphasis on being direct, economical, etc., and are adding just to add. Take a look at the video – It really is a sore subject for me as a JKD practitioner.

  2. Hi Nicholas,
    I think a lot of the ‘concepts’ crowd don’t understand the double speak that Eastern philosophy is known for: No way as way. Formless form. Style of no style.
    They tend to take these words at face value and don’t meditate on it any further… like you are suppose to do in order to uncover the true meaning.

    Its no different with Jeet Kune Do.

    There is a core and a foundation to JKD… and a core set of principles… not any technique will fit into this if it does not fit in with the core philosophy and principles… and even if it does there comes a point where you have added/changed so much you can’t call it Jeet Kune Do anymore… just like if you modified any fighting style to an extent that it no longer resembles what you started with, you can’t keep calling it the same name.

    JKD DOES have a style and a foundation. You are SUPPOSE to break away from that. But once you do, its not JKD anymore. You are walking your own path.

    Thanks for posting :)

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