Carter Hargrave JKD

Excellence In Jeet Kune Do

May 28, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Bruce Lee Chi Sao From Wing Chun To Jeet Kune Do And Why He Abandoned It

Chi Sao is a sensitivity two person martial art training drill that is used primarily in Wing Chun Kung Fu. There are other forms of Wushu that have incorporated Chi Sao but for the most part we will be focusing on traditional Chi Sao or energy hand as it is known translated into english. By sensitivity it is meant as a practice drill between two practitioners by means of touching of hands and wrists through multiple set patterns of movements. These movements involve back and forth, up and down, and circular patterns. The key is to anticipate your opponents movements and to stay with them as they make simulated attacking movements. The movements have Chinese names like Tan Sao, Pak Sao, Jing Jang, Fook Sao hooking hand, Jut Sao or jerking hand.

To do proper Chi Sao, it takes a great deal of time to develop the sensitivity. The drill make you more efficient at reacting by reflex to an opponents actions. So to sum up Chi Sao it is a reactive tool, or defensive in nature. Once attacked Bruce Lee felt you were no longer on the defense, you are now the attacker.

Jeet Kune Do used the Wing Chun Chi Sao drills and then they were modified to be more combat like by eliminating the circular chi sao drills. Bruce felt that the formed patterns were holding back students and practitioners by limiting them to a closed circle. Bruce only cared about how a technique or drill worked in combat.

In 1971 Bruce Lee decided to completely eliminate the Chi Sao drills all together. He believed that even his combat modified Chi Sao as taught in his Oakland California school was putting a damper on the effectiveness of JKD, and that it was too difficult in combat to read the moves or energy of an opponent. He would rather attack the attack to begin with regardless of what energy the opponent was giving you.

In the end Chi Sao is an effective tool for defensive sensitivity training, but not for real world fighting in Jeet Kune Do where the focus is on the offensive after being attacked or threatened. While Chi Sao can be a useful tool like many other traditional moves of Kung Fu, it was modified and or eliminated for Jeet Kune Do.

April 16, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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The Style Of Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do translated, is “Way of the Intercepting Fist” was Bruce Lee’s personal style of the martial arts. It is bound by three systems, wing chin, boxing, and fencing. It is a philosophy and an ongoing process of self-discovery. There is much structure to JKD. Most Martial Artists who practice JKD have prior study of other martial arts systems, mainly due to the difficulty in finding a qualified instructor. Bruce Lee himself studied Wing Chun for 5 years.

After an infamous fight Bruce had with another martial arts master that he beat (Jackman); he thought that the fight took too long and that his Wing Chun had it’s limitations that needed to be adapted for street fighting. It is then that Bruce Lee formed a set system of progression called “Jun Fan Gung Fu”. Jun Fan being Bruce Lee’s Chinese name.

This system of progression would combine Wing Chun with Western Boxing,French Fencing,  and Jujitsu techniques in the final stage of the arts progression. As Lee would say “Absorb what is Useful and Discard the Rest”. After conducting additional research and adding in some essential principles, strategies, and concepts Lee transformed Jun Fan Gung Fu into an entity he named “Jeet Kune Do”. JKD follows concepts, philosophies, and principles. However everyone’s JKD abilities and limits are different. As Bruce Lee’s closest friend and protégé Dan Inosanto would say, “It’s like trying to fit everyone into a size 42 coat. It will fit some but not others. People are made up of different sizes and attributes and what will work with some will not work for others.” This is why everyone will find  JKD an art that fits the person instead of the person fitting the art.

Where as other Martial Art systems build on techniques, JKD strips away to simplicity. JKD can be compared to a sculptor chipping away at a rock to make a beautiful statue. JKD practioners train in an environment that helps them develop spontaneous and deceptive combat skills with an emphasis on adaptability.

JKD is all about moving, shifting, kicking, punching, trapping, blocking, and parrying. It is a continuum of perpetual motion, yet there is a flow of stillness that encapsulates awareness, perceptiveness, and intuition making them among the most skilled practioners in the world.

April 15, 2013
by Carter Hargrave
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Master Carter Hargrave Teacher And Author Of Bruce Lee’s Art Offering Excellence In Jeet Kune Do For Over 23 Years

Carter Hargrave has been an original Jeet Kune Do instructor for over twenty  three years. Original Jeet Kune Do teachers as they are referred to teach exclusively the art of Bruce Lee the way he taught it at his famous three schools in California and Washington State. Meaning they try to teach the same moves that Bruce Lee taught at his three schools during his lifetime. In Jeet Kune Do or JKD for short, there are basically two distinct methods of teaching or curriculum.

You have the original as already discussed, and you have what is called the concepts or concept JKD. What the concepts are is mainly the Fillipino martial arts with some of Bruce Lee techniques (although not required) included to make the system or concept.

The concept version relies heavily on the philosophy of combat in that it stresses that JKD is not a style or system, even though during his life Lee did so on many occasions. Which one you wish to train in is up to the individual as they are both quality martial arts in and of themselves.

As a teacher of the original JKD Carter Hargrave has been at the forefront of spreading the art. He is the President of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation






At the WJKDF you have the opportunity to train in the methods of original Jeet Kune Do via one of their certified instructors,or through their breakthrough DVD training and ranking distance learning program. The DVD program with many thousands of success stories allows students with no training to learn the art step by step at their own pace via DVD that is designed to be a close as possible as a private one on one lesson with Carter Hargrave the World Jeet Kune Do Federation President. You then video or webcam yourself doing the moves like you have learned and mail, email, or send in an internet link, and your progress is graded and evaluated by Hargrave. You may also send emails direct to him when you become a member so you can ask direct questions on specific techniques or problems you have encountered. For more information you may contact Hargrave Martial Arts Systems or the World Jeet Kune Do Federation at