The transcript below is from the video “Jeet Kune Do’s Wing Chun roots with Guro Dan Inosanto” by Elite Combat Systems.

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WING CHUN WAS A MAJOR FOUNDATIONAL COMPONENT OF BRUCE LEE’S FIGHTING ART JEET JUNE DO.

GURO DAN INOSANTO WAS BRUCE LEE’S MOST SENIOR STUDENT AND IS THE LEADING AUTHORITY OF JKD IN THE WORLD TODAY.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Wing Chun is part of the Jeet June Do evolution.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

I think you have to have it to understand Jeet Kune Do.

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FROM IP MAN TO BRUCE LEE: TRACING THE LEGACY

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Well, well before Ip man there would have never been a Bruce Lee. If there was no Bruce Lee, there would never be a Jeet Kune Do. So, I think it’s important to take the knowledge of the past and try to improve it. Those guys paved the way. And without them, we would not have reached the levels that we are now.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Each pioneer adds to the knowledge that we have now. And I think that’s why in the Asian society, that they looked up to the instructor so much.

I trained the father of Wing Chun people, because I really wanted to see how Wing Chun was taught. So, I trained. I have nine Wing Chun teachers. Ah, James Lee makes eight and Bruce Lee makes nine. Oh, he was young, talented, uh, wise for his age. Bruce Lee at that time period, might have been a little bit on the cocky side, at that time period. But he was definitely well schooled and knowledge beyond his years.

He had a high respect for Ip Man. But I was told because he wasn’t pure Chinese, that sometimes, uh, he didn’t want to teach Bruce Lee in front of students. So, he assigned William Cheung and Wong Shun Leung to teach him. And then as time went on, he when he came to the United States, he started to evolve on his own. But he had a high respect for Ip Man. There was a…definitely you could see a love there. He knew there was a certain range, where Wing Chun worked very effectively, and he knew there was a certain range that Wing Chun didn’t work.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

He says, ‘Wing Chun works really well in a bathroom.’ You have the space of the football field and there might be as many as three or four or five people, then maybe another structure would work.

So, he had a system that worked on the outside, where he could sort of hit and go. He developed a system what he calls Chi Sao, without touching. He started to put what worked for him and that became the structure of his personal Jeet Kune Do. A wing chun is still the core, you still start with that.

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GURO DAN DEMONSTRATES THE FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF WING CHUN AND THEIR EVOLVED APPLICATION WITHIN JEET KUNE DO.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

He said the structure in the JKD, we learned to go against right versus right. We learn to go against the left versus left, and right versus his left and left to his right. So, pretty much as still if he punches and I move, this it uses a clock. It’s very much, like the Wing Chun structure. 1, 2 and 3. So, the basic is this. This is 1, ok. There’s another one on the inside. Another one is 2 bits, ok. Want to squint a lot. But you could move out, but you can. Pretty much again so usually when you punch of a heavy hit, ok, you shift to that side, you can do the same, structure with the rear hand as much as the front hand.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

So, if you can have one hand in, you can also do it with the rear hand: one hand in and one hand out. If you go in, you come up with a finger jab on this side. Most of the techniques revenues are mainly used for practice but in reality, the finger jab is exclusively used.

If you punch this way, you punch it to the rear hand, the shot is ready here, two and three. All right, a lot of traditional stuff is like one and two and you trap the first barrier and you trap the second barrier. But he goes across the center line too. I’ll do it slowly. One, two, three. The bridging of this is the thing that makes difference to the JKD. A lot of the bridges from here, one, two, and love top to a glossy beckoning. This is pretty much with JKD structure change.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

I have a Wing Chun teacher by the name of Sifu Francis Fong, that has worked with me and he comes in here regularly for the last seven years, giving us Wing Chun material. And I think it’s knowing when that material is applicable and when it’s not.

But definitely it should be taught. That should be part of the education. The sensitivity you see from Chi Sao. The trapping, I think is very good. At the short-range punching definitely should be taught. But I can’t really agree that it would be the only system that you can use. But it could be a system that my throw a system out that’s not used to that type of structure.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

I liked it, you know and when you study something, sometimes you go away from it. And then you come back to it with new eyes. But definitely I think it’s a real great system.

A lot of times when people see things like a box, there’s a lot of boxers athletes, well nobody who fights like this is. Why are they doing this on a dummy? So, that’s a posture. It’s a move at a time. It’s a transitional movement. A lot of times if I perform what we call pops off, and the locks off, sometimes he will trap my hand down like this. Okay. That’s one way. And the other way is to trap it together. Now this motion here is a third motion when you teach. You’ll turn then move in. Again, slow motion. One, two, three, four.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

A lot of times you will see this. He’ll put the foot back and people look at it and ask how do you spar like this? Kickboxing may give you that. This is for close-quarter and it’s a movement at a time. So, I trapped it and I come back look come across and you’ll see that the knee is jamming. You’re supposed to go here to see over here. Ok, so that’s basically what the movement teaches. A lot of things in the dummy and they have different meanings. And if you ask different teachers, they have different meanings.

A good example of the third one they go (he demonstrates) well actually all that is, is this is teaching you how to parry this way. But this one feeds to let him like this and get the fireman. So. I’ll do this slowly, see how this one comes with that motion here. But many people don’t understand it, because it’s a dummy and a dummy is just a training method.

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TSUYOSHI ABE DEMONSTRATES FORMS THREE, FOUR AND FIVE OF WING CHUN, FOLLOWED BY THE REVISED FOR FIVE FROM JEET KUNE DO.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

This is a set 3 in wing chun. (Demonstration) This is set four. (Demonstration) And this is set number five. (Demonstration) Now this is the wing chun, set three, four and five. Now what I like to have him do, is just do set five in JKD. Traditionally, these were not time order in the structure. Notice that the distance he’s coming in. (Demonstration) This is the component parts of the JKD and there are exercises, not in combat that they’re going to be in this order but they’re just some of the components needed to learn the Jeet Kune Do.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

When he first came to the country US, he could win everything by the via the straight pass or what they call the (inaudible). As time went on, he changed that thought process and he started to research, you know and experiment. And after that he would create. So, a lot of that material I think was being changed, but almost, I’m not exaggerating like I said, almost on a monthly basis. He was always changing the structure, always refining it and making it more functional. That’s what he was trying to educate me. And said you can’t really follow a particular way. You had to find out what works for you. That’s Jeet Kune Do. And then final now that’s why people ask me can you teach a lesson. Yes, I can teach it. Can you standardize it? No, I can’t standardize it. Because you standardize the principle in concept, but it still has to fit the individual. You can’t force a person, you know.

There’s certain type of skills and limitations we have of the body. So, you have to fit it in martial arts the same way, right. What works well for one individual cannot work well for another. Our geometry of our bodies. Some are bigger, some are smaller.

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A DEMONSTRATION OF JEET KUNE DO TRAINING DRILLS, INCORPORATING WING CHUN AND FOCUSING ON VARIOUS STRIKING RANGES.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

So, I’m going to put you this, this structure here can be right to right which is like that. It can be taught left to left. It can be taught right to left. And it can be taught left to right. So, what I’m going to have you do is do the low jab, low, and you back this. Go out to the kicking range, we’ll call it. That’s usually the first drill. This would teach you hand range, okay, to kicking range. All right. The next one is you go to this position, you till the rear punch, you hook, you cross, kick. This is to teach you to go from trapping range to hand range after kicking range. Now the next one if you go trapping range to kicking range, the hand range, you’re kicking range.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Now when we go into the Wing Chun structure, as but once we have the handle answer like that, he’ll come across and he’ll grab and go, number one, two, three. This is now we’re part of the Wing Chun was used. You go down, I raise this up, you process top psychologically and one, two, three, and you kick. And if you (inaudible) come up, pops up, double pops out, back, kick and one, two, three. That’s pretty much with JKD. And concise because this is already hand range. He might defend like this if he’s a karate man. He might defend like this if he’s a karate man. If he boxes, he might defend like this. Until usually there is the left knee. We learn how to do this right with the left knee. So, if I respond with my front hand, he hits me with the backfist. Notice that he traps that barrier. And now he goes out the kicking range, right, because he commands with.

Guro Dan Inosanto:

Now the other range is he stays this is more of a western boxing approach, going out to the kicking range, this one now he’s in trapping range but I move out to kicking range, hand range and then kick range. Okay, now this one because maybe I can back up, I respond with the rear hand and then one, two, three and then back. The other response here is my hand goes up, he traps the first very same variant, one, two, three. The other one if you could see closely, see the trap is right here, these traps on the inside, I think respond, respond, one, two, three, in a nutshell. That’s JKD.

That’s Bruce Lee. He’s always changing the structure, and every time he changed it, it was for the better. Before Ip Man there would be no Bruce Lee. Without them, we would not have reached the levels that we are now.




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