Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do

Fact: The name Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do was adopted by the Nucleus by unanimous resolution (January 10-11, 1996).  Lee Jun Fan was Bruce Lee’s  given birth name.  Bruce Lee added Jun Fan to his teaching of Gung Fu upon his arrival to the United States.  In 1967, Sijo Bruce Lee named his all-encompassing art Jeet Kune Do.  Since the Nucleus felt that Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do cannot and should not be separated, it was decided that the two terms be combined.  In this manner, the Nucleus would distinguish the complete body of technical and philosophical knowledge studied and taught by Bruce Lee during his lifetime.

My Opinion: There were certain facets that added styles and methods in their entirety, personal opinions and personal truths; who’s teachings went against all that Bruce Lee stood for or even more appropriate, stood against.  These instructors called their confused interpretations Jeet Kune Do.  I believe that the Nucleus needed to separate themselves from the prostitution of Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.  Therefore, there had to be a separation from those that just didn’t get it.  Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do signifies that which Bruce Lee taught and practiced during his lifetime.  Therefore the Nucleus respectfully drew a distinct line between them and methods developed by sects after Bruce Lee’s death.  Taking what is useful and discarding what is not was being distorted.  The Nucleus was looking long-term to protect the legacy of Bruce Lee and the original art of Jeet Kune Do.

To further clarify, Sigung Ted Wong is a practitioner of “Original” Jeet Kune Do as Bruce Lee taught him, practiced and evolved from 1967 to his death in 1973.  The term Original also draws a definite distinction from other crowds.  Original practitioners stay true to Bruce Lee’s teachings rather than dilute and twist his words and guidance for personal gain.