As far as I am concerned, Jeet Kune Do is a lifestyle.
In fact, for me, Jeet Kune Do is my lifestyle.
JKD enthusiasts will understand what I mean.
You see, Jeet Kune Do is not something we can “do” once or twice a week.
Adopting a “JKD” stance, throwing a couple of “JKD” techniques here and there does not make one a Jeet Kune Do practitioner.
This is because Jeet Kune Do isn’t a matter of petty technique; it isn’t a fancy label that we can just casually throw around.
In order to actually call oneself a Jeet Kune Do practitioner, he or she must first live the art and not practice it at the mere physical level.
What does “living” the art mean?
Here are three C’s that form the foundation of the JKD Lifestyle.
The best Jeet Kune Do practitioners I know seem to have achieved some form of Unification.
This means that their consistent and long-term dedication to the art has led to some form of transference from the art across to other areas of their lives.
What do I mean?
If they teach Simplicity with Jeet Kune Do, you will notice that their lives are also relatively de-cluttered.
If they preach about Directness, you will also sense that in their communication and movement.
If they speak of things like Freedom and Liberation, you will feel it in their expression somehow.
That is when you know that they are not quoting Bruce Lee at the superficial level — they have internalized these ideals subconsciously and as a result, it shows in their expression.
Congruence is something that cannot occur from the outside in — like the Ideals of Jeet Kune Do, it must first exist within us and manifest outwardly and congruently through our actions, habits and way of life.
If something is truly our passion, there is little need to “discipline” ourselves to do it.
We would do it simply as part of who we are, without any external impetus.
You only need to observe the most successful people you know, and you will notice that every day — no matter how small — they will always deposit at least a little bit of effort towards their craft without anyone telling them to do it.
There are many people that will tell you that they are passionate about something, but what really counts is consistent action over the long term.
One’s experience, mileage and progress in Jeet Kune Do will be determined by exactly the above.
With the JKD Lifestyle, we would much rather do one thing well than ten things in average fashion; we would much rather achieve longevity than burn out quickly from overtraining!
We are only as good as our next dose of effort, so while others are partying away or searching for the next distraction, the JKD Man is quietly honing his craft.
Simplicity is one word we will frequently come across in our study of Jeet Kune Do; it is a cornerstone Ideal of Bruce Lee’s expression.
However, what is the purpose of Simplicity?
Simplicity breeds Clarity.
If you could summarize your expression in a sentence, three words or even one word, what would it be?
We ought to be utterly clear about ourselves and why we do what we do.
What is the essence of what you are learning?
What is the essence of what you are doing?
What exactly is your purpose, direction and what are the steps you will take to achieve it?
What do you define as “success”?
In a world that is becoming louder and noisier, the JKD Man will always return to Simplicity in order to bring about Clarity.
Defeat the noise!
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