JKD SUMMIT NOT A JOURNEY, AN ADVENTURE
By Matthew J. Numrich, M.A.
THE START: JKD NEWSLETTER
Stating that there is a divide within the JKD community is not new news. I have been guilty of taking sides and arguing points of view for numerous reasons. After listening to these sides and personalities go back and forth for years, I’ve realized that there has been little or no growth from it.
If you’re a fan of Bruce Lee, or a student formally or informally of JKD, you’ll have your own opinions of the myths, lessons and even specific topics such as what part Wing Chun plays in JKD. I knew that this was going to be the case when I started to interview people about Jeet Kune Do so I could increase my knowledge of the philosophy. Therefore, before each interview I clearly stated that I wanted to keep politics and personalities out of it. I was amazed by the result,
Since then, over the last handful of years, I’ve conducted dozens of interviews with JKD instructors through my JKDnewsletter.com site. It then evoloved where I was able to meet with several of them in person to get some of their training on video tape, while also expanding on their stories, lessons and tips.
The goal of the JKD Newsletter was made up of three parts. First it was mainly to offer a resource to my martial arts students. I’ve always told my students, that if their instructor ever says that they know it all, run the other way. These interviews humbled me time and time again, reminding me I have a long way to go and so much more to learn. Therefore, after my original goal of keeping this just to my students, I thought, “Why not make this information open to those outside my student base over the internet?”. This led to the online version of the newsletter.