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Bruce Lee there is no separation between hard and soft kung fu kune do(way of the intercepting fist) is a martial art created by Bruce Lee during the 1960s. Neither a system nor a method, Bruce Lee didnt consider his art a style but an aggregate of principles for developing the martial mind and body.

Although jeet kune dos foundation lies inwing chuntheory, Bruce Lee liberally borrowed from other kung fu styles:taekwondo,wrestling, fencing and Western boxing.

Building on the precept of self-knowledge through self-discovery, the JKD practitioner is prompted to absorb what ideas are useful and discard those that are not. The physical goal is perpetual development of physical speed, timing, footwork, coordination and power.

Since Bruce Lees death in 1973, two variations of jeet kune do have evolved: original JKD, which is promoted as the art Bruce Lee practiced; and JKD concepts, which applies Bruce Lees concepts to martial arts techniques drawn from various Indonesian, Philippine and Thai styles.

The 72 Shaolin martial arts diamond finger (dim mak) with IP Man son on Bruce Lee and Chinese Kung FuDue to his poor health during his childhood, Lee was sent to a master at the age of 7 to practise Tai Chi, which was good for fitness. By age 13, he also learned Wing Chun from Ye Wen, a brilliant Wing Chun master. Later he learned Praying Mantis, Hung Kuen,Shaolin Boxing, Tam Tuei, Springing Leg, Jie Boxing and White Crane Boxing. He also exploredQigongand Yinggong, all of which laid solid foundation for his eventual creation of Jeet Kune Do. Besides Chinese boxing skills, he studied western fists skills and learned the boxing methods, steps and motions of some masters. Bruce was good at playing Long Staff, Short Staff, Nunchakus and many other weapons. He even organized a Chinese martial arts team in his university to practice and perform in extracurricular time.

He took a break during his sophomore year at the university to establish the Jun-fan Martial Arts Club. The club became well-known eversince news spread about him saving a girl in Chinatown, Florida, by defeating four gangsters with bare hands. Very soon, braches of his club were established in Seattle, Auckland, Los Angeles, amongst others. He became well-known in America. An increasing number of learners or boxing stars, including Karate star Chuck Norris and King of Boxing Muhammad Ali, came to him. It was through this way that he spread Chinese Kung Fu by teaching and exchanging experiences.

Jeet Kune DoCreated by Bruce Lee based on Wing Chun, it is a free boxing art that combines various martial arts essentials. It is actually a method of defending the opponents attack. Its superiority is to defend and attack in a close distance and short duration. Besides, if it is flexibly used, the shortcomings or weaknesses of other boxing skills can be easily detected and compromised.

NunchakusNunchakus is actually two pieces of round wood linked by a short iron chain or a leather belt. Lee was good at using it as a weapon. The weapon can attack violently by brandishing the wood. Once the iron chain or the leather belt wraps ones neck, its difficult to get rid of it. His prowess in its use can be seen in the Green Hornet and the Way of the Dragon.

Inch Boxing (Cun Quan)Inch Boxing gets the name because the distance between the attacker and the enemy is very close. It features a particular attack style which explodes in great strength to attack the close enemy in split seconds.

Bruce Lee andKung Fu MoviesHisfilm career started when he was only three months old, with a role in the Golden Gate Girl. In 1948, he guest starred in the Riches. More roles came in the following year. His breakthrough came about in 1950 in a film called Little Cheung. He portrayed an orphan who turned evil at first, but eventually became righteous. In 1953 and 1955, he had roles in seven films, including Blame It on Father and A Myriad Homes. In 1957, he has a part in Thunderstorm, his first and only literary role. As he learned cha-cha, he applied dances to the films of Funny Face and Too Late for Divorce, both of which are highly spoken of by a lot of audience.In 1971, he accepted the invitation of the Hong Kong Golden Harvest Studio to sign up for two films, the Big Boss and Fist of Fury. The former broke the movie box office records of Hong Kong at that time and the latter broke the box office of Asian movies. His skills in Three Kicks of Lee (Lisanjiao), Tumbling Boxing and Nunchakus in the films won high praise as well. Later, he wrote, directed and performed in the Way of the Dragon and Game of Death. In addition, he cooperated with American Hollywood Warner Bros Pictures to shoot Enter the Dragon. As his film career is becoming more and more successful, he died suddenly at age 32 whilst shooting of the Game of Death in 1973.

Bruce Lee had played an influential role in the spread of Chinese Kung Fu as well as the development of the Kungfu movies. As a result, Jackie Chan, Jet Lee, Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung and other famous stars all had him as their mentor. Under his influence, western people have a better knowledge of Chinese people and Chinese Kung Fu and many of them take interests to learn the skills.

Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts or as popularly referred to as Gongfu or Wushu) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over a long historical period in China. Nowadays, it is regarded as a traditional sport gaining more and more popularity and even stands as a representative for Chinese culture. Styles including Shaolin, Tai Chi and Qigong have many followers worldwide. Some westerners think that all Chinese people are Kung Fu masters. Thats not true, but this traditional heritage has its unique existence in modern times and left much influence on the locals lifestyle.

Although being fighting styles, Kung Fu advocates virtue and peace, not aggression or violence. This has been the common value upheld by martial artists from generation to generation. With a number of movement sets, boxing styles, weapon skills and some fighting stunts, Kung Fu keeps its original function of self-defense. Now its value in body-building and fitness is also highly appreciated.

HistoryIn order to survive in an extremely hostile environment, our primitive Chinese ancestors developed primary means of defense and attack that included leaping, tumbling and kicking. Although they knew how to fight with rudimentary weapons made from stones and wood, fighting with bare hands and fists became essential skills. The Martial Arts we recognize today as Kung Fu had their origins in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties (17 century - 256BC). During the following Qin (221 - 207BC) and Han (202BC - 220AD) Dynasties, wrestling, swordplay and spear skills became well developed and were popular among civilians and troops. Following the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), various schools, boxing styles, movement sets and weapon skills flourished.


Over the centuries of development in China, Kung Fu has become a large system containing various schools or sects. It is recorded that there are over 300 distinct types of boxing existing around the country. The styles in northern and southern China are quite different. Therefore it is hard to be simply classified

Some of the schools are classified by geographical locations, for example, the Southern Fist (Nanquan) prevailing in south China, and Shaolin School based at Shaolin Temple in Henan Province. Some are named after the creator and master, like the Chen Style Tai Chi and Yang Style Tai Chi. Some are identified by different training methods, such as the Internal Boxing Arts (Neijiaquan) that concentrate on the manipulation of the inner breath and circulation of the body, and the External Boxing Arts (Waijiaquan) concentrating on improving the muscles and the limbs.

The most outstanding and influential schools are listed as follows:1.Shaolin Martial Arts: Originated in the Shaolin Temple in Henan, this is considered the premier style in China and is widely spread all over the world. Both of its physical exercise and mental training are based upon Buddhist philosophy. The Shaolin Boxing, Southern Fist (Nanquan), Northern Legs (Beitui) and Wing Chun are the representatives of this school.

2.Wudang Martial Arts: This sect has almost the same fame as the Shaolin. Based at the Mt. Wudang in Hubei Province, it is developed under the guidance of Taoist theories. Tai Chi Chuan, Form / Intention Boxing (Xingyiquan), Eight-Diagram Palm (Baguazhang) are essentials of Wudang.

3.Emei Martial Arts: Taking Mt. Emei in Sichuan Province as its camp, this sect is moderate and blends the merits of Shaolin and Wudang. Many sub-branches derive under this sect, including Qingcheng, Tiefo, Qingniu, Dianyi, Huanglin, etc.

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4.Tai Chi: This is a comparatively slow and elegant style originated from the combination of Taoism, dialectic ideology, traditional medicine and physical exercise. It features attack by accumulating the strength, conquering the rigidity with the flexility, and beating action by inaction.

5.Form / Intention Boxing(Xingyiquan): It is a representative of Internal Boxing Arts characterized by its straightforward fist and quick attack which are well suitable for fighting against the enemy. Its boxing routines include Five Elements Boxing, Twelve Animals Boxing and so on.

6.Eight-Diagram Palm(Baguazhang): Creat