37 Years After Death of Bruce Lee, the Martial Art Organization is thriving, says Carter Hargrave Director of World Jeet Kune Do Federation
Many thought that the untimely and mysterious death of martial arts Icon and film actor Bruce Lee, would mean the end to his legacy and the martial art that he founded, ‘Jeet Kune Do.’ Not so, says Carter Hargrave, the head of the World Jeet Kune Do Federation and the official website of Jeet Kune Do, http://Jeetkunedo.org.
“After Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, his personal notes and papers were edited together and published as the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, the best selling martial arts book of all time. It is like the martial artist bible so to speak,” says Hargrave, a second generation Bruce Lee School Instructor and author of the best selling ‘Original Jeet Kune Do Training Manual’ the second best selling Jeet Kune Do book after Lee’s publications.
Jeet Kune Do is a Mandarin Chinese name that literally translates into ‘Way of the Intercepting Fist’, which is based upon many of the styles signature moves that actually intercept an attack while striking at the same time. Bruce Lee founded his martial art style after a sparring demonstration took him almost two minutes to subdue his opponent. Lee then incorporated and modified to his own needs, American Boxing, Kung Fu, and Fencing, making his new system streamlined, efficient, and almost impossible to defend. Bringing multiple styles together have made some call him the father of MMA or todays Mixed Martial Arts.
The World Jeet Kune Do Federation supports the style of Jeet Kune Do by training Students and Instructors in over 30 countries, and was the pioneer in video and DVD training for the martial arts style when there were only fifty instructors worldwide. “Jeet Kune Do or JKD has encountered a surge in popularity with the economic downturn and corresponding rising crime rate nation wide.
Carter Hargrave says, “Through concerted efforts of the Federation, Hargrave Martial Arts, and the Bruce Lee Foundation we have kept Bruce Lee’s art alive, and many peoples dream of being able to practice the real Bruce Lee system a reality regardless of economic background. (Although the more affluent tend to practice JKD, with celebrities such as Tom Cruise being an avid student.)”