“Gung fu” is more than a term used to denote Asian combative systems or methods of self-defense. “Gung fu,” according to the authentic Chinese translation, is a term used to denote a tremendous sense of ‘total’ achievement or accomplishment. A master of gung fu is one who displays tremendous proficiency in what they do, and this could literally be anything -- any profession or any pastime; from practicing medicine to painting, from playing piano to martial arts. Through such achievement, a mastery of oneself is also revealed.
We view Jeet Kune Do in the same way. Like the true meaning of gung fu, JKD encompasses far more than mere technical fighting skill. It is personal evolution through the discovery and ultimate mastery of oneself.
What do we mean by “got JKD?” First of all, we don’t mean are you someone who is studying or teaching the martial art developed by Bruce Lee. What we mean is:
- Are you someone who understands and is applying the underlying philosophical principles of JKD in your life -- Principles such as “Using No Way as Way; Having No Limitation as Limitation”?
- Are you someone who is striving to know yourself and become a totally integrated human being -- Someone who refuses to accept anything less than 100% of who you really are?
- Are you someone who is intent on breaking down barriers and overcoming any obstacles that would prevent you from actualizing true potential and achieving your goals?
- Are you someone who attempts to live every moment afresh, with each nerve fully exposed to life’s experiences?
- Are you someone who is actively concerned with such things as good health, fitness and nutrition?
· Are you someone who approaches whatever you do with a JKD mindset?
“got JKD?” then is not simply about practicing the art of Jeet Kune Do. It’s about embodying JKD in all aspects of your life. It’s a state of being. It’s a complete lifestyle.