How to Get Quality Jeet Kune Do Instruction in Portland, Oregon
When I began my Jeet Kune Do journey in Portland, Oregon, there wasn’t much of a much of a choice about where to train. So I ended up training at a place that became MMA studio later (it is still an MMA you even though they say that it is a kali and Jeet Kune do studio). To make a long story short they wasted no time in injuring me and I was never able to do martial arts there again. It was a very long time before I found a good teacher who understood the style that I wanted to learn and would not teach any of the fluff that I didn’t need. And to be honest he was astronomically better than the previous studio had trained at. Spent the better part of a year training with him and took his course at accelerated learning in Jeet Kune Do (and to be honest I was probably the best training Jeet Kune do in Portland, Oregon I had ever had). He got me good very fast, and it was noticeable to other students who were around me. I was somewhat a JKD prodigy in Portland, OR. Anyway, so I’ve seen good and bad schools in Portland, Or and I can tell you what to look out for. Just check it out below.
Here’s the scoop on all the Jeet Kune do schools in Portland, Oregon.
1. Most schools are not even certified to teach you Jeet Kune Do, or have a traceable lineage to Bruce Lee (and even if they have a traceable lineage, it’s usually not a verifiable lineage, there’s many people running around who say that they trained with Bruce but never really did) . Most instructors (especially around the Portland Metro) are running around with only 3 to 6 months of training and saying they are certified to teach Jeet Kune Do. You can hide a lack of knowledge through katas and forms and still not know what to bet how to use the system to fight effectively.
2. There are a lot of Jeet Kune do teachers who have the right certifications, but still do not know anything about really fighting. The problem most teachers who teach Jeet Kune Do will hope that you don’t notice that they’ve never fought. And they never have sparred realistically against anyone else not from their own style. To sum up this idea very quickly. 90% of the Jeet Kune do schools in Portland, Oregon are outright lying to you.
So before you train any Jeet Kune do school in the Portland, Oregon you need to the credentials of any instructor in Jeet Kune do and if you cannot verify the lineage traced back to Bruce Lee then do not train with that instructor.
You can verify the lineage and check to see if they have a real combat training. Even if it’s just real-life sparring and not cage fights, you must check to see if they’ve even sparred against people who are of different styles. In this way, you will know that you are getting the best possible training, and you will not get ripped off by any shady martial artists in Portland, Oregon.