Frequently Asked Questions
Teacher, I hear you mention Jung Gwo Ch'uan often, is that another style?
No, it is all styles
combined. When I use the term Jung Gwo Ch'uan it refers to all the
Chinese fighting arts. It is the unification of all the Chinese fighting
arts into one art, all working in harmony with one another. It is the
principles of Shao-lin northern and southern styles, the Tai Chi Ch'uan,
Pa Kua and Hsing -I Ch'uan all combined and working within the separate
natures, yet mixed and used as the need should arise. Nothing is separate
from the other. It is one art, yet all arts.
The late Bruce Lee understood this fact when he created his style, which in fact was no
creation at all. He simply combined many aspects of many of the fighting
arts together and used them as then need would arise. He dropped the
divisions between the styles and opened an unrestricted path to whatever
was needed to win the battle. He called it another name, that is true,
but what is in a name? He called it Jeet Kune Do, in China they call it
Jung Gwo Ch'uan, Chinese boxing.
The only way to fully understand this
is by the study of each of the arts. A student must first come to
understand the principles of each art and it's strategies. When each is
understood the arts can be recombined into one unified boxing
principle, always changing and ready to be used as the need arises.
The best fighter is the one who is not restricted in his approach. The one
who can change from the soft to the hard, the one who can move straight
The one who can yield to force and the one who can overcome
force straight on. As students study each art form they soon begin to
see the relationship between them all. But this is a slow process and
without close attention and carefull study, it is easy to think each art
form is separate from the other. This is only a beginner's viewpoint. The
experienced martial artist knows the close relationship between all the
Often students who study internal arts and external arts say to
me how they see movements that closely resemble each other. This is the
first step in total understanding, what I call Enlightenment of
Movement. Nothing is better then something else. Everything has its
purpose and is useful at the proper time. The trick is to understand
when that time comes.
As I always tell my students, the Martial Arts are ONE.
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