What is JKD?

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In I prior post I mentioned a great podcast by fellow martial artist Jarlo Ilano with Guro Burton Richardson and in that podcast Burton brought up a short story about Guro Dan Inosanto; one day during class Guro Dan asked “What is JKD?” The class shared their thoughts and then he shared his thoughts “JKD is research and development.” To me, it was like a light bulb went on.  You guys are probably saying “DUH!”

I know it seems obvious but so many people want to make a big fuss out of it and in my opinion it makes so much sense.  The only thing that I would change about it is that in my opinion JKD = Personal Research and Personal Development.

People take the martial arts for a variety reasons; one of the things we are taught is to use martial arts training as a vehicle to being a better person and that we take what we learned in class which can be equated to “problem solving” and apply it to real life situations, not just physical altercations but to how we deal with things when faced with adversity.

Comprehend, Intend and Connect the Systems!
Comprehend, Intend and Connect the Systems!
The martial arts is also about self expression, you can stay inside your own little box and be comfortable or you can step outside of your comfort zone and grow; this also applies to being a better husband, a co-worker, a better teammate, a better artists or whatever you choose to apply it to.

Step outside of your self imposed limitations, grow and then share what you have learned with others so that others may grow as well.

Hey, we got that P.M.A!

Don’t care what they may say
We got that attitude!
Don’t care what you may do
We got that attitude!

Hey, we got that P.M.A.!
Hey, we got the P.M.A.!
~Bad Brains

I just finished listening to a great podcast between a good friend Jarlo, highly skilled martial artist and Guro Burton Richardson we both studied under him; not at the same time and Jarlo studied with Guro Richardson for a far longer length of time than I did.  I was fortunate to study with Guro for a little over a year but I learned a lot not just about martial arts but teaching, sharing, being positive and more.

Kawika, Guro Burton and IBurton Richardson

I like to refer to Guro as the “teachers-teacher” because of what I learned and how he taught. My statement is not to disrespect all that I have trained under. I have much respect for them and I try to emulate certain aspects.

Anyway, there are several great topics Guro Burton and Jarlo touch upon in this podcast and the first one is having a positive attitude!

Jarlo: Hey, everybody, this is Jarlo at GMB Fitness, and I’m really happy today on this podcast to be with my teacher, Burton Richardson. Hey, Burton, how you doing?

Burton: I’m fantastic!

Jarlo: Good.

Burton: As usual. How are you, Jarlo?

Jarlo: Yeah, I love your positive attitude all the time. Positive all the time. That’s what we should do, right?

Burton: It’s our choice.

Jarlo: It’s our choice. That’s exactly it.

Burton: Right. You know, when somebody’s asked me, “How are you,” we have to realize that’s actually, the answer is compared to what?

Jarlo: Right.

Burton: We get to choose what we compare it to. Am I going to compare how I am today to the best day I’ve ever had on this earth or I’m going to compare it to my worst day? It’s like, “I’m great, man.”

We can choose to be happy or choose not to be; yeah I know choosing to be happy or positive when we are feeling negative can feel forced; but when we start making that choice on a regular basis it becomes more natural and you don’t sweat the small stuff anymore.

Example: A couple of weeks ago the alternator on my Jeep went out while I driving to work. At the time I didn’t know it was my alternator, I was driving, the battery light came on and the long story short is that I was able to exit I205 quickly, turn around and  make it to garage where the car literally ran out of “juice.” As I was pulling into the parking lot all the lights came on and the car barely made it , whew!  Car problems stress me out the most because I depend on the vehicle to get back and forth to work but instead of being incredibly grump I realized how fortunate I was.

I drove approximately a 100 miles up to Tacoma and back the day before to train with Datu Worden.  Although I was able to complete my trip without issue I did witness two car fires (cue ominous music.) I was a little sore the following day and was in need of a chiropractic adjustment; I already starred the day in a uncomfortable situation.  I could have been really grumpy because I was in pain and I was going to be late for work because of that and  on top of all that the car crapped out on me and on and on.

The positive side is that having to get an adjustment allowed me to miss rush hour traffic; imagine being “THAT GUY.”   You know, the guy created the traffic jam and made everyone else late to work because their car broke down; then the potential of having to be towed (mo money) all the way to a garage to fix the issue (even mo money.)  I was able to miss all that traffic and make it back home and the issue with the car wasn’t as big of an issue as it could have been.  It could have been a lot worse.

There are some other great topics in this podcast that can keep me going on and on but I’ll keep it short and let you enjoy the awesomeness.


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