Our Portland Jeet Kune Do (JKD) classes teach a philosophy of movement and self-defense. We draw our lessons from the arts of Jun Fan Kung Fu, Silat, Panatukan, boxing, Muay Thai , Chinese boxing, and Wing Chun. In Jeet Kune Do, you’ll intensely train in techniques from each of these arts and develop a deep understanding of them. You’ll then create your own personal style of self-defense based on what you’ve learned. Our students learn Jeet Kune Do in an open environment that’s accessible to everyone, from beginners to advanced learners.
Develop Your Own Style
During our Jeet Kune Do classes, we encourage you to explore many Martial Arts and take the techniques that are most effective and natural for you. In this way, you develop a toolkit of movements to effectively defend yourself. The concepts of JKD can be applied not just to fighting but to all aspects of life.
In the words of Bruce Lee, author of “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”:
“I have not invented a “new style,” composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from “this” method or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that jeet kune do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see “ourselves”… Jeet kune do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of… There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical… The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity… Jeet kune do is simply the direct expression of one’s feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of kung fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a jeet kune do man who says jeet kune do is exclusively jeet kune do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you jeet kune do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one’s back.”
Benefits of Learning Jeet Kune Do
Learning the art of Jeet Kune Do is a dynamic and ever-changing art form. It requires dedication and patience to learn the Martial Art properly. Training in JKD is thrilling and challenging; you’ll never be bored at NWFA. By learning JKD, you’ll learn to be a more versatile and agile fighter. In time, you’ll be well-practiced in the art of JKD and can handle any situation that comes your way.
Aside from the obvious physical benefits, learning JKD helps to prepare you mentally. Having the patience and determination to learn the skill of JKD can help improve your mental toughness in addition to your physical strength.
Do you wish to discover a self-defense and martial art style in Portland that is uniquely yours and comes naturally to you? Call us now on 503-235-3435 to learn more.