Jeet Kune Do Academy is a registered NDIS Service Provider offering barrier-free individualized/group martial arts training programs for people with physical, intellectual and psycho-social disabilities.
“Ultimately, martial art is the expression of oneself.” Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973)
The worldwide popularity of martial arts and their endurance for over twenty centuries is due to the amazing health benefits martial arts students get from it. Through martial arts training, participants can achieve any and all the following:
- Harmony of body & mind
- Stress reduction and relaxation
- Feel good, have fun and develop social skills
- Increase fitness level
- Lose body weight
- Prevent injuries and diseases
1. In Jeet Kune Do, the individual is more important than any style or system
No single martial art is applicable to each and every person. Bruce Lee used to say that seeking the truth in combat is different for each individual. JEET KUNE DO is more than just a martial art style or a training method for body combat. The aim of combat sports is to defeat the opponent, whereas the aim of JKD is more to do with self-development and improvement. JKD is about belief in the individual, belief in yourself and your ability to overcome any obstacle, no matter how big or small.
2. Jeet Kune do is not a sport, there are no winners or losers, but learners
We approach JKD with the idea of mastering the will; we forget about winning and losing; we forget about pride and pain. JKD is directed toward oneself. Our JKD program incorporates different martial arts and combat skills that are steeped in discipline and dedication. Not to hurt anyone, but to overcome our own greed, anger and folly. That is why JKD is not a sport. The skills and expertise of practitioners are tested each single session of training.
3. In Jeet Kune Do, practice makes progress
We do not believe that practice makes perfect, but practice makes progress. What are you looking for? What is perfection? The ideal of perfection is based on an external reference for your development, whereas the ideal of progress lies within yourself.
Our training is especially tailored to people with disabilities focus on help them acquire and develop fundamental movement skills. Perfection is not our goal; progression is! This kind of workout assists participants to be physically active, which helps with their health and well-being, promotes social interactions and emotional attributes and thus assists in the development of self-esteem, confidence and independence. As a non–classical martial art, JKD is based on skill, not on how many techniques, arts or forms you know. That is why there is no belt system in JKD!
4. Jeet Kune Do approach: Using no-way as way and having no-limitation as limitation
In JKD we believe that a disability is not a limitation, but an opportunity to explore and to find a different way to reach our goals.
Our JKD program utilizes the individual’s desire of motion and offers plenty of martial arts tools that prepare participant for the physical and psychological challenges that their daily life demands. The martial arts tools are movements that involve different body parts like the legs, arms, trunk and head and include skills like coordination, precision, power, endurance, balance, body feel, good form, vision awareness, speed, timing and attitude.
5. Jeet Kune Do is the Art of Fighting without Fighting
Ultimately is all about applying our way of martial art to our way of living. In Bruce Lee’s words is “the art of fighting without fighting”, which means fighting as the last resort – instead, you seek to overcome adversaries via other means. And “fighting” does not always mean physical conflict, it can be any challenge you are trying to surmount. Does it always involve an opponent, or can it be something about yourself you are striving to overcome?
The purpose of self-defense is to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. Just in case the aim is to intercept your opponent’s intentions as quickly and efficiently as possible with the least amount of moves.
“My name is Jake and I have autism and schizophrenia. Taking part in JKD training and meeting Sifu has been one of the best experiences of my life. The JKD philosophy is very receptive to someone who has a disability, allowing them express themselves as individuals and find what works best for them in combat. JKD is more than fighting, it is about finding yourself. By using the tools of JKD, people with disabilities have an avenue to defend themselves”
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