Our Curriculum

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JEET KUNE DO (JKD)

Jeet Kune Do is the art, science, and philosophy of the late Bruce Lee.  It is not regarded as a style per se.

During the development of his martial arts training, Lee extracted techniques from 26 different arts.  He realized that, at any point in time, one art may “trump” another.  The ability to flow seamlessly from one art to another within all fighting ranges was his ultimate goal.

Wing Chun serves as the nucleus of JKD.  The ability to isolate an opponent in trapping range and overwhelm him with pace and force is the desired result.

Bruce Lee's training incorporated both self-perfection and self-preservation training.  To put this another way, he saw the need for attribute development so that a technique could be executed in a real situation, as well as the need for techniques that could be employed in a life-or-death situation.

The instructors of Dallas-Fort Worth Jeet Kune Do Academy strive to perpetuate the philosophy of Bruce Lee.  Our instruction includes all fighting ranges: kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, in addition to weapons training based on the principles of Kali.

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KALI

Kali or Escrima is a weapons-based, but ultimately very effective empty-hand, Filipino Martial Art.  Stick and knife training lays the foundation for progression to the more functional elements of the empty hand art.  Students are taught principles to survive attacks from single and/or multiple opponents that may possess weapons such as knives, bats, mag flashlights, crowbars, etc.

Moviegoers have witnessed Kali in Hollywood action movies such as The Bourne Films, 300, and The Book of Eli.

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RAPID ASSAULT TACTICS (R.A.T.)

Paul Vunak's system, as taught to US Navy SEAL Team 6, is an extremely effective program that teaches one to quickly neutralize an attacker.  Our studies focus on the three phases of an engagement, necessary to stop an aggressor: entry, forward pressure, and termination.  Functional JKD and Kina Mutai (the Filipino Art of Biting & Eye Gouging) help equalize differences in size and strength between an attacker and a victim.  Students are taught to survive being taken to the ground, a common component of most fights.

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BJJ

BJJ is an acronym for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A grappling martial art developed in Brazil based on Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. The general idea in BJJ is to first secure the best possible position on the ground, and then to choke or lock-out the joint of an opponent, forcing the opponent to submit, pass out, or suffer serious bodily harm. True to its intent, BJJ was made popular in America by an a Brazilian named Royce Gracie who, at only 175#, succeeded in submitting much larger opponents in the early days of full-contact limited rules competition. Today, BJJ is generally recognized as the most effective form of ground-fighting. BJJ employs no striking techniques. BJJ techniques are often employed to some extent by MMA competitors and by wrestlers, judo players, and other grapplers seeking to add submission techniques to their arsenal. Often in JKD, we employ BJJ to secure position on an opponent long enough to engage Kina Mutai, the art of uninterrupted biting and gouging. This technique is often employed against a larger, stronger, heavier and potentially more skilled adversary to create time and space in an effort to escape to safety.

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WU WEI GUNG FU

Wu Wei Gung Fu was created by Joseph Cowles, an original student of JKD founder Bruce Lee. Just as JKD was the street mixed martial art of the 1960's, Wu Wei followed suit with the same philosophy in the 1970's. Wu Wei, an ever evolving art, is now a combination of Wing Chun, Kali, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, and Thai Kickboxing. Our goal is to utilize Wu Wei principles to teach practical self-defense against all four ranges of fighting: kicking, boxing, trapping, and grappling.

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PROGRESSIVE FIGHTING SYSTEMS

The organization founded by world renowned martial artist Paul Vunak in the mid 1980's centers around Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and Kali. Bruce Lee's JKD serves as the foundation for PFS which has evolved to include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing. PFS is an extremely effective street fighting system that includes components for both self preservation and self perfection within a mixed martial art matrix. PFS has been utilized by the US Navy SEALs, DEA, CIA, FBI, and countless police agencies throughout the USA.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Our Law Enforcement Programs cover every level of the Force Continuum. Level I attacks through life and death Level III attacks are presented in systematic, cut to the chase fashion. Our Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and Filthy MMA Curriculum is modified to fit the need of Law Enforcement, covering such topics as: Escort Techniques, Edged Weapons Defense, Take Downs, Ground Fighting, Aggressive Attack Defense, Mass Attack, and more. We provide Law Enforcement seminars in a group setting or will train Military, Law Enforcement, or Security Personnel on a one-on-one basis.

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WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE - ESCAPE TO GAIN SAFETY (E.T.G.S.)

The Escape To Gain Safety course is designed for women of all ages who desire to learn self-defense awareness. This program teaches women defense concepts to keep them on their feet and quickly retreat back to safety in the event of an assault. Emphasis is placed on attacking vulnerable points on the assailant such as the Eyes, Throat, Groin and Shins.

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KIDS JKD Program

Any successful Kids Martial Arts Program must contain three important elements: excellent leadership, a safe environment, and fun-filled classes. Young children can benefit from martial arts in the area of confidence, self-esteem, coordination, stress reduction, anger control, discipline, and yes, self-defense. It is more important to empower them with "how not to fight" then it is "how to fight." We provide a safe, fun environment for children ages 5 to 13 to explore martial arts as well as educate them on life's lessons they can apply to everyday situations.

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Muay Thai Boxing

From 1238-1377 Muay Thai was the highly esteemed martial art for nobility in Thailand. It was developed and used as a weaponless self-defense system in combat situations, mandatory for the King’s elite guards. In 1920, Muay Thai Boxing became an organized sport and is now the national sport of Thailand, practiced around the world. Muay Thai focuses on stand up striking – training punches, elbows, knees and kicks. It is also beneficial for increasing hand and foot speed, building endurance, and increasing explosiveness. In JKD, the Thai neck clinch is used to change the base and balance of the opponent prior to unleashing head-butts, knees to the groin and elbows to the head.

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ACTION STRENGTH

Action Strength is a complete, portable, functional, fitness training system developed by Sifu Harinder Singh. Action Strength combines Kettlebells, Ancient Indian Exercises(Body Weight & Mace), with Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi Secrets to create what can only be known as the Super Athlete!

Functional Fitness, Extraordinary Strength, Flawless Body Mechanics, & a Sharp Mind! The goal of the Action Strength training methodology is to develop a complete Super Athlete. Using the same methods employed by elite military, Ancient Warriors and Kung-Fu Masters, whose lives depended on their ability to perform their physical techniques and keep a calm and quiet mind. Because for them, survival was a daily task.

To maximize one's potential in any martial art, you must employ techniques to improve strength and flexibility. This is especially important as we age.

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BOXING

Our Boxing Curriculum incorporates techniques from Western Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and JKD. In addition to self defense, boxing can help to improve attributes such as timing, distancing, line familiarization, speed and of course footwork. Boxing is an excellent way to help improve one's overall and cardio fitness level.

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Kali Meetup

The main purpose of the group is to practice Filipino Martial Arts. We currently meet once a week on Sunday.

We strive to create a positive environment that fosters learning and continued development. Classes are structured in a way that ensures adequate time for practice, yet informal enough that students feel comfortable participating and asking questions. We are here to learn, practice, and have fun.