Nearly 40 years after the death of it’s founder, Bruce Lee’s "Way of the Intercepting Fist" is alive and well thanks to a small group of brilliant and dedicated proponents. A handful of Sijo Lee’s original students deserve much of the credit for continuing to teach Jeet Kune Do to small groups in backyards and garages, just as it was done in the 1960’s. They have also authored numerous books and videos that give us insight into the origin, development and technical aspects of the art.
We can derive from this pool of knowledge as well as from the name of the art itself, that the primary objective of the Jeet Kune Do practitioner is to "intercept" an opponent either before he attacks, or during the initiation or execution of his attack. Following the JKD principle of "longest weapon to the nearest target", the intercepting strike is typically a lead hand finger jab to the eyes or lead leg kick to the shin/knee of the opponent.
In order for the tactic of interception to be successful, we must control two key elements of the fight: distance and time... [continue]