Jeet Kune Do in MMA schools Or Jeet Kune Do Schools Teaching MMA
Let’s get this straight first, Jeet Kune Do is a street art, always has been, always will be. So any school who says they teach MMA and Jeet Kune Do needs to be examined very carefully. Both of these arts, (especially Portland, OR Jeet Kune Do schools) are very prone to be lied about (as far as creditionals anyway). It’s far too easy to say that Bruce Lee trained my master (there are no masters, as a technical designation, in Jeet Kune Do in Portland, Or or anywhere for that matter), and that someone is some kind of belt in MMA (there are no belts in MMA).
Even worse still is that Portland, OR Jeet Kune Do schools and everywhere else usually lie about the amount of “flight time” (as Sifu Paul Vunak) would say using their supposed martial arts skills. Flight time is the amount of time someone has actually sparred someone else outside of their school, with the expressed intention of finding out what doesn’t work. This would be like reading a book to fix a car, then hanging up a shingle to say that they are not only teaching, but they are “the finest Jeet Kune Do/MMA school in Portland, OR” or wherever that might be.
So anyone really teaching Jeet Kune Do and understands the systems and the processes will understand that JKD must be modified to make it work in a cage. A lot of fundamental JKD concepts are illegal when put inside a cage. JKD was developed to win a fight, not a sport fight. So you have to be careful where you train because 1. You could be getting bad information, 2. The instructor doesn’t know that they are talking about (because they don’t spar and they never had a reputable certification in the first place), 3. And they don’t know how to modify the tactics for the cage.
The fact is that the Jeet Kune do practioner should have an enormous advantage in the cage and in real fights, because the Jeet Kune Do practioner in Portland, OR (or anywhere) knows the only technique you ever really need to know (actually it’s more of a concept). But, adapting that successfully to the cage is very difficult. That’s why you need an instructor who actually spars (or fights) and has the actual knowledge of JKD to know how to put the system together. If you can do both of these things, then you have a total different animal indeed.