Jeet Kune Do was born in Hong Kong. The renowned movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee created this interesting and groundbreaking form of martial art. It broke the limitations of traditional martial art and created a free form of self-defense system that fascinated many martial art lovers all over the world.
Throughout the places he lived, Hong Kong is definitely the place that gave Lee the most impact. He started learning marital arts in Hong Kong. Among all the disciplines he learned, Wing Chun is the most important one and gave a lot of inspiration to Jeet Kune Do.
Hong Kong is the place that affected Bruce Lee the most. And Bruce Lee has affected Hong Kong a lot, too. His statue is still standing in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong. The movies he made introduced Chinese Kung Fu and Hong Kong to the world. Because of him, westerners all believed that all Chinese are excellent Kung Fu fighters at one point.
Bruce Lee studied and researched about all kinds of martial arts. He tried to absorb the strength of all disciplines and disregard the unnecessary parts of them. Among them, three has been chosen to be the building blocks of Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, Boxing and Fencing. And among these 3, Wing Chun is definitely the most important one.
Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do are very different in their expressions, but they share the same core value which is to defeat the opponent as directly as possible, as quickly as possible and as powerfully as possible. Both of them are base on scientific theories. There is nothing mysterious like Chi or supernatural strength, but clearly illustrated practical and effective skills.
Bruce’s Wing Chun teacher, Yip Man was very liberal in martial art. He made his own style of Wing Chun with traditional heritage and creative theories. After 22 years of evolution and development, it has flourished in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and all over the world.