What is JKD?

English: JKD logo; appeal of refusal of copyri...

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.