Greetings, Ming here.
I’ve had nearly 20,000 hours of training, research, and development to help shape Core JKD into what it is today.
Core Jeet Kune Do is one of the most advanced self-defense systems for training individuals to survive life-threatening encounters versus single or multiple attackers, with or without weapons.
It is an experiential combative art. You must immerse yourself in the physical and mental experiences to discover its truth. You just can't sit by on the bleachers taking notes and hope to understand what it means to be functional in Core JKD.
There is a need for Core JKD
Many of you know what I'm saying. Many have experienced it when dedicating a great portion of your lives didn't help much when you got into a hard hand-to-hand encounter or a life-threatening situation.
I know this deeply. I have trained many people who've come directly from those situations and systems that have way more to do with ego than functionality.
A very basic progression of how I train you over time. Much of this is taken from the Manual of Core JKD:
- I build your base - positioning, cover, mobility
- I stress-test that base against resistance
- I add simple tools (striking and heightened sensing/perceptual tools) and test those tools against your base so they can function with stability in all the ranges
- I add more tools and stress-test those against your current tool set and base
- I test your tools in transitions so you can move from one tool to another with a strong base supporting them
- I let you free to choose your expression against resistance with your battle-hardened toolset and base and the mindset that you can go anywhere
A necessary part of our training also includes a specific type of CJKD meditation that heightens our perceptual skills, controls emotional reaction during stress, and increases our ability to focus and drive toward a specific goal.
Minimal Breakdown of the Human Being
Base is your dynamic platform from which to stabilize against resistance from single and multiple attackers.
Cover keeps the mind aware, active, and capable of interpreting sensory information and initiating action for survival.
Mobility is essential for providing the body and mind a dynamic structure from which to leverage the body's potential.
It puts us in the right place at the right time for support of upper and lower body attacks and evasions—standing or on the ground.
Go to Part 2: Our Toolset
Our toolset, the attacking and defending methods, are extensive, but efficient.
The following is a simple example of our boxing tools alone—just the tools.
This doesn't touch on the ways we make them effective and functional against resistance, in combinations, and through range transitions.
Weapons, kicking, clinch, trapping and groundfighting have their own unique range-specific tools.
Boxing Tools Example
The following is an excerpt from The Manual of Core JKD, which is in development for publication.
Core JKD’s basis is in physics. The physics of the human body, the physics of the environment you are in at the time of training and during a threat encounter.
Generally, human beings all have the same kind of modality, the way we move our bodies. Two legs pivoting at the hips, arms pivoting at the shoulders and the like.
We have sets of muscles that contract our limbs and cause them to move within a specific range of motion. We contract them at specific speeds and with a specific amount of contractile strength.
Aside from some variations in our gene pool, we generally move in the same way with the number of limbs we have. Until we come across a 6-limbed person, this generality is a stable example tested over the time of our genetic history.
Unique to the individual is how far we can stretch our muscles - this can allow for a greater range of motion than the average person. Also, different people have different rates of contraction of the muscle and different recovery times from heavy exertion.
Generally, we also have the same internal mechanisms for determining our balance, reading our visual field, listening to and smelling our environment.
Our physical bodies can be trained to react quicker, have better balance, to be able to last longer in a strenuous situation.
We also have a mind that can be trained to push through hardships we never thought we could.
Core JKD is about getting the body and mind processing our environment at its optimum levels to succeed against opponents who are a threat to our survival.
When confronted by an attacker—or multiple attackers—who wish to harm or kill us, our options have to be pared down to the minimum required to keep us alive.
That means that a lot of the fancy or flashy moves you might see in other martial arts—techniques kept in a system because the founder of the art determined they were required at the time of its development—may have no basis or function in the Core JKD environment.
"...they work to death trying to maintain the art, where our goal is to maintain the individual."
This doesn’t mean that some of our methods or techniques won’t look flashy—some might—but there is a deeper level of understanding as to why those movements are taught. For example, the Savate fuete (whipping kick) can look flashy, but it is actually a very focused, pinpoint kick that applies a lot of force through a small surface area. It can be highly effective for the practitioner who is able to use it.
Not everyone is able to use it for reasons of injury, flexibility, balance, etc. For those students, it isn’t forced upon them.
That’s where some martial arts fail: they work to death trying to maintain the art, where our goal is to maintain the individual.
Core JKD does this well because of that directive.
Core JKD training
- Understanding near-surface emotions
- Immersion in the emotions to dissolve their influence in threat situations
- Awareness of our senses
- Immersion in our senses
- Directing the mind through the senses to train directed perception
- Perceiving our environment
- Perceiving threats in our environment
- Conditioning the body to physically respond in the shortest time to threats and into the proper pathways for ensuring survival
The following is an example of our First Level CJKD Wing Chun Curriculum. It is modified from Traditional Wing Chun to deal with the types of threats the traditional structure did not have to encounter when it was developed.
The graphic below gives you an idea of what is trained, how it is structured.