Chris Kent is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Jeet Kune Do. With over 37 years of experience, he has gained international recognition for his knowledge and leadership in perpetuating the art, training methods, and philosophy developed by the legendary Bruce Lee, and is considered one of the few individuals in the world having total comprehension of all facets of Lee’s martial art.
At the age of 17, Chris became the final (and youngest) member admitted into Dan Inosanto’s now legendary “Backyard JKD” group during Bruce Lee’s lifetime. He studied with and assisted Inosanto for over 13 years, mastering his skills and traveling extensively both nationally and internationally while serving as Inosanto’s personal assistant for seminars and public exhibitions. In recognition of his efforts, in 1982 he was one of the first students to be awarded the prestigious title of Full Instructor in both the Jun Fan Martial Arts the Filipino Martial Arts by Inosanto.
Refusing to compromise the integrity of Bruce Lee’s art and philosophy, Chris has performed extensive research into the foundations of Jeet Kune Do from a technical, philosophical, and spiritual perspective, as well as educating himself in the fields of exercise physiology, kinesiology, and human performance. This commitment to continuous improvement has made Chris one of the most sought after instructors on Jeet Kune Do and its applications.
As one of the pre-eminent torchbearers of Lee’s martial legacy, Chris remains at the forefront in perpetuating not only the martial aspects of Jeet Kune Do, but also the much broader application of the philosophical material into the fields of human endeavor and self-actualization. Never allowing himself to be categorized as simply “a martial art instructor”, Chris has used many avenues to help people train their body and educate their mind, including:
• Instructor/Performance Specialist
• Training Consultant
• Seminar Instruction
• Public Speaker
In addition to his expertise in Jeet Kune Do, Chris is also a highly respected instructor of the Filipino Martial Arts known as Kali – Escrima- Arnis, and holds the title of “Escrimador.” He also holds a Moniteur Certificate (Teaching credential), Silver Glove (Technical), and Bronze Glove (Competition) rankings in the French kickboxing sport of Boxe Francaise/Savate.
Martial Arts Accomplishments:
1975: Awarded Basic Instructor Diploma in Cabales/Serrada System of Escrima from Angel Cabales.
1976: Awarded Escrimador Certificate in BahalaNa Escrima (Grandmaster Leo Giron) by Sifu/Guro Dan
1977: Received certificate for completion of 576 hours of training in Jeet Kune Do from Sifu Dan Inosanto.
1982: Awarded Full Instructor Certificates in The Jun Fan Martial Arts and The Filipino Martial Arts by Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto. Inosanto (certified by Grandmaster Giron).
1988: Awarded Silver Glove (Technical) and Bronze Glove (Competition) in Boxe Francaise - Savate by de Boxe Francaise - Savate.
1989: Awarded “Moniteur” Teaching Credential in in Boxe Francaise - Savate by the Federation Francaise de Boxe Francaise - Savate.
Co-author of “Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing.”
Co-author of “Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do - The Textbook.”
Author of “Jeet Kune Do From A to Z” (Vols. 1 and 2)
Author of “LIBERATE YOURSELF - A Guide to Personal Freedom” and “P.L.A.N. - Personal Liberation Action Notebook.”
Author of “Jeet Kune Do Essentials” (Vols. 1-3) E-books
Both written for and appeared in countless martial art publications both nationally and internationally, including Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Art Masters, Budo International, Martial Arts Illustrated, and Cinturon Negro.
Wrote and produced “Dynamic JKD - The Way of the Intercepting Fist” video/dvd training series.
Wrote and produced “Jeet Kune Do From A to Z” video/dvd training series.
Wrote and produced “Jeet Kune Do Masterclass” dvd training series.
Wrote and produced “Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do” phone app.
Featured in numerous martial books including “Jeet Kune Do Conversations”, “Jeet Kune – The Art and Philosophy of Bruce Lee” and “Filipino Fighting Arts – Theory and Practice.”
Co-founded and for 5 years served as a Board of Directors member of the “The Bruce Lee Educational Foundation” (Now the Bruce Lee Foundation) Frequent Contributing Editor to Bruce Lee Magazine. Currently serves as an Advisor for the Foundation.
Has been a featured guest speaker on numerous talk radio programs discussing how the application of JKD principles can enhance an individual’s personal and professional life.
Has traveled the world as a public speaker, teaching, lecturing and helping thousands of people empower themselves and actualize their true potential by using Jeet Kune Do as a vehicle for personal growth.
Served as professional training consultant to members of the Hollywood entertainment industry such as “Miami Vice “creator/producer Anthony Yerkovich, “Pink Panther” film director/producer Blake Edwards, and The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno.
Served as a Technical Advisor and Fight Action Choreographer for both television and feature films.
Worked as a training consultant to professional sports teams including San Francisco 49er’s
Has been involved extensively in the field of executive security for the entertainment industry, including such events as The Golden Globe Awards and American Film Institute Special Tributes.
For three years served as Director of Security for Santa Monica’s “Buffalo Club”, an exclusive, private supper-club catering to high-profile members of Hollywood’s entertainment industry.
Created “S.A.V.E.” (Safety Against Violence Education) a personal safety awareness training program which teaches personal safety education and self-protection skills to women and children as well as businesses and corporations.