By Sitta Wangtarawut
me, Jeet Kune Do is an honest expression
of life, learning and loving.
There are no secrets.
Some basic information, and my �LPA3E�
philosophy of Jeet Kune Do
The distinct guidelines for
life of JKD
You are Alive.
2. The 3 L�s (Living,
3. Acting in the Moment or
4. Perfect It
5. Spontaneous Action and Honesty.
6. Functional, Dynamic Movement
First, JKD is alive.
JKD is in you.
You are alive.
Life belongs to you.
Life is universal.
Second, a healthy, happy Life
needs the 3 L�s -
Third, Life has endless principles
Don�t let them distract you.
Just do it: Act in the Present Moment,
something I call Punctuality.
Fourth, there is no such thing as perfection. Nothing is perfect.
Life is not perfect. Mistakes are
inevitable. But with JKD, we can
try to Perfect It as much as possible.
Fifth, Life is not so long;
we don�t have time to waste learning endless forms and sequences of
techniques. Life is
changing every moment, so we need
Spontaneous Action and Honesty.
Sixth, we cannot respond to Life
effectively by using automatic responses, and reflexive techniques.
We need to adapt to Life challenges
by using Functional, Dynamic Movement.
Jeet Kune Do
is honest, never-ending elementary and advanced learning, with
LPA3E we cannot succeed in whatever
we try to do in this lifetime.
is to see the truth precisely as it is, alive at this precise moment,
always right now. Learning is not
to move toward the truth. The process of accumulating and remembering
knowledge will not give you the truth.
We Learn by Doing; by Doing we can achieve Perfection. To strive for
perfection is to learn. Real Learning
is perfection; but knowledge is one-dimensional, and limited by time.
Learning is about cultivating
awareness of what we are doing right now, in this moment.
is all about �now action�, being in the present moment. It is not so
much about how many hours you train each day, but that you maintain
awareness of the present moment while you practice. You just do it every
moment of your life or fail. That�s all.
is the love of the Practice. If you
do not love the training then your heart is not in it, and sooner or
later you will quit.
3E - Easy,
Easy to live, care for others and
yourself and heal.
Effectively allow the truth within
yourself to shine, and apply this truth to everything in your life.
Economical: the way to fight, survive
and prosper without wasting time or energy. All movements must be efficient.
To achieve success you have to help yourself, understand what you are
doing, and modify what you already have learned throughout your lifetime.
There are two kinds of learning: elementary learning and advanced learning.
learning is the beauty of a teacher helping students learn to help themselves.
Advanced learning occurs when a teacher has helped a student learn to
be able to practice martial arts on their own, and to completely understand
the practice, and how to modify their practice.
Then the student is able to learn throughout his lifetime without further
guidance from a teacher.
Success and certification are not the same thing. Certification means
that a student has graduated: It does not necessarily mean that the
student will maintain their skill level. Certification is just a part
of success and of what are we doing, learning and living. To succeed
is to practice real Jeet Kune Do.
Jeet Kune Do is not about belts or
Profoundly understand what you have
learned and what you have experienced.
If what you have learned works, then intelligently
If what you have learned does not work, unhesitatingly
Create, modify and economize your own
be more functional.
Open your mind on your own, and utilize
only what is functional.
6. True Learning is a constant process
of discovery. It is not a process of accumulation, memorizing sequences
of movement, recalling past experience, or acquiring certification or
diplomas. Learning is
of everything around you, and understanding
what you still do not know.
Jeet Kune Do Stamina Cultivation
Healthy food intake, medication and tonification (with Chinese Herbal
Medicine � Sitta�s JKD Pill) and rest. Relax, have fun and enjoy life.
Bone and Joint Strength improvement with the JKD Pill. Hand and foot
impact exercises for bone density and joint strength. Shaolin Five Elements
Strength and general health training.
Tendon Strengthening: with Isometric training (the Western way), Yoga,
Chi Kung and Tai Chi's Internal Energy Training.
Muscle strength training.
Internal Energy Flow (Jun Fun�s Drill, Dan Innosanto's Drill, Pushing
Hands and Ta Lu).
6. Build your own internal sense of Confidence.
is a combination of attack and defense.
The Way of Self-Defense
(Empty hand or with a weapon)
First: if you do not want to fight, just
Avoid it. If you cannot avoid confrontation, you will need
Second: defend yourself as your enemy prepares to attack. He is preparing
to attack but has not yet launched the attack. At this instant you strike.
Your strike will be effective because he is preparing to attack, not
to defend himself. I call this Attack On
Third: you can strike to counter a Telegraphic
Attack by your opponent, that is, any punch or kick you can see
Fourth: if you miss the chance to Avoid
or Attack On Preparation you have
to block and strike simultaneously (Single
Time Hit) or attack and destroy an incoming limb
(Defang the snake) using a Chinese
Nerve Strike, Filipino Martial Arts and/or Thai Boxing.
Fifth: if you cannot block and strike simultaneously, then you have to Block
and Hit separately (Double Time Hit).
If you are unable to defend yourself with a
Double Time Hit then you will get
Sixth: understand the culture and behavior of the people where you
live to avoid conflict. Be aware of the dangers that surround you to
maximize your chances in a fight, to survive and live peacefully.
6 Ways of Attacking
(Empty hand or with weapons)
First: attack with Single Direct Attack
(S.D.A.) or Single Angular Attack
Second: you may repeat your attack with a
Multiple Attack (A.B.C. or
Attack By Combination) after using
a Single Attack.
Third: draw the enemy�s attack by exposing yourself as an open target
and then attack when he strikes (A.B.D. or
Attack By Drawing). You may also
provoke, anger or scare him to throw him off-balance before attacking
(A.B.A. or Attack By Annoying).
Fourth: you can trap your enemy�s limb after you attack or he attacks
using Hand and Foot Immobilization Attack
(H. & F.I.A.), including Trapping Hands,
the Double Trap, and Trapping to counter Punches.
Fifth: you can do a combination of feinting
and Progressive Indirect Attack (P.I.A).
Sixth: you may take Evasive Action
to avoid the fight, before or after the confrontation begins.
6 Ranges of Combat
1. & 2. Kick-Punching
5. Neutralization of Ground Fighting
6. Evasive Action
The First and Second ranges are combined and I call them
These involve both direct and indirect attack.
The Third range involves Trapping
of hands, feet, head and body.
The Fourth range of Infighting employs
grappling, chin na (the art of seizing; joint locking) and wrestling.
Throwing, locking, take downs and limb control. My method of developing
Tai Chi internal energy flow can maximize the effectiveness of your
Infighting skill, and create more
openings for counterattack.
The Fifth range of Ground Fighting
is all about external energy and brute force. We train how to neutralize
this external energy.
The Sixth range, Evasive
Action, may be used as the first
or last resort.
of a true martial arts teacher
You should have enough time to talk to that teacher or join his class
once on a trial basis. Afterwards, you should know whether he is good
for you or not.
The true teacher should be able to guide the student in understanding
self-expression through movement, and how the martial arts philosophy
relates to life.
The true teacher is still ceaselessly teaching and learning with strong
desire and he does not simply teach what he was taught by his past teacher:
he also shares what he does to train and learn now.
The true teacher emphasizes learning and not certification. The certification
process freezes the student from a more dynamic understanding and process
of learning about life. True learning should not be rigid or depend
With my Jeet Kune Do, there are
no limits to how you want to live your life, learn and love
(3L). Life is dynamic and ever-changing,
and does not pause, stop or end at certain levels of certification.
Do you need a certificate to be happy, to love, to eat, to walk, to
sleep, or even to die well?!!
Unfortunately, many people feel they need it.
A teacher will sometimes make mistakes. And he is willing to talk to
his students, or anyone, openly, with truth and honesty and respect
about his actions and errors.
Qualities of a Serious student.
The student should be serious about what he is learning and how it applies
to life. A Serious student is a learner who loves
Intelligent Utilization. A
Serious student does not depend on
a teacher. He is actually learning all the time, from life and from
awareness of his own actions. A Serious
student will not quit. He can learn from each experience, however
short. Learning is his passion.
Some question from Students!!!
What is Jeet Kune Do?
Kune Do is not a form. It is the real movement of fighting; real action
to survive, and be really happy in life.
Why is Jeet Kune Do functional?
fighting must be based on the principles of
3E (must be
Effective, Economical). Easy
to live, to fight, to survive. Effective to do, to work, and to get
whatever it is you want in life. Economical means not wasting time,
energy and motion. 3E is action for life. Jeet Kune Do Fighters have
already been fighting, surviving and living happily with the principles
Can I learn Jeet Kune Do?
because the principles of Jeet Kune Do are all around you. You already
have acquired LMA (Learning,
Appreciating) in other aspects of
your life. If you do not Maintain
what you have learned then you are finished. If you do not appreciate
of what you have learned then you are finished. And if you have not
yet learned the movements of fighting yet, how to survive then you probably
need to learn it.
You need to learn in class from a teacher, to learn in a real world
environment, not by reading magazine articles, books, or other media.
If you want 3E for fighting application
you can learn it in my class. I can properly teach you to fight with
means Jeet Kune Do) to live and survive.
When should I use it?
is up to you. You just decide for yourself.
Why do I have to fight?
I must fight? Because you do not want to get hurt, be sick or ill, have
a problem or be dead. You must heal, cure, resolve, survive, and sometimes
fight to live happily, mustn't you?
It is the same as asking �why must I eat�?
Why must we eat?
we will be dead if we stop eating.
How can I eat?
to buy food or beg for it, if you do not work and have no money. If
you work and have money, then you do not need to beg, do you? Just buy
When I will eat?
is never up to me to eat. It depends
on when I am hungry.
How do I fight?
must I fight and live? Fight and live your life according to the principles
of 3E (Easy,
Economical). Don�t give up, or abandon
hope, like a beggar: this is dying, not living.
When do I fight?
are living now. So you must fight in the present moment. The past is
a memory and the future is only in our minds. You cannot fight when
you are thinking about the past or the future.
Why should I learn Jeet Kune Do? I am already training other martial
do not need to learn Jeet Kune Do because someone told you you must
learn Jeet Kune Do. You learn Jeet Kune Do if you feel you need it.
If you decide to really learn Jeet Kune Do you can study it alongside
the other arts that you are practicing.
Just make sure you seriously Maintain
any martial art you have learned throughout your life, and continue
Fighting needs to be 3E
Economical - do not waste time, energy, action) to survive, live
happily. You can train these 3E principles
with Jeet Kune Do fighting.
In Jeet Kune Do fighting there are six ranges.
3E for punching,
3E for kicking,
3E for trapping,
3E for grappling,
3E for ground fighting,
3E for running like hell.
Why do I need 3E to fight?
do not need 3E if you already can fight. When you can fight you can
fight. You really have to make sure for yourself that you can fight,
and fight well!!! But if you cannot fight then you need to find out
why you are unable. So now you learn 3E
to fight. 3E means
Effective, Economical fighting.
Where can I learn this 3E?
Everywhere you can learn. You can also learn with me. To maintain what
you have trained with me or any teacher is very important and necessary.
If you do not maintain what you have learned or trained then the
3E principles you have learned will
be useless. If you really want to learn, you must also train and practice.