The following are articles by Sifu Fuson
These are taken from both U.S and European Source's
The following is an interview conducted by a local reporter with
Six Articles By Sifu Fuson from a European website
Article #1: Jeet Kune Do Grading
Does Jeet Kune Do have a belt system?
Jeet Kune Do was established with "levels" not Belt ranks.
If your in the United States there is no belts, no uniforms. SiGung Bruce did not do that, it is a myth. If you are overseas, some people use belts. But what are they teaching, you must know.
Jeet Kune Do is one of the most misunderstood martial arts.
Some only even teach a part of it and call it JKD. Do your homework.
SiGung Lee wanted his art to be special, "not commercialized" ( like many have done).The JKD torch was passed to 1 man, Tuhon Dan Inosanto. He has ensured that Sigung Bruce's legacy be carried by highly trained & skilled practitioners, complete in all ranges of combat.
In the early days after Bruce Lee's death, Sifu Inosanto had made several Honorary instructors, with the intent they would help teach classes and continue their training. Many had left and not continued to learn the material and thus Do Not have all of the art.
It is important to remember that Bruce Lee had let Sifu Inosanto teach a Very small portion of the material to the class.
Those that left do not have all of the material.
After the new school was opened, all the material was taught , it is these students that have the material that can carry on All the arts in full detail.
A new rank structure was made to show the high level of skill needed
in the full spectrum of JKD.
First you find a true JKD instructor, one that is under a direct legacy of
the late Sigung Lee, who holds credentials in all the arts, not just part of it.
If you are following the rank structure used that covers All the arts Jun
Fan, Jeet Kune Do and Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
Then you begin your journey , if your instructor has all the material ,there are 3 levels each of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced before you are even considered for an instructor level.
This is not an art that easy to learn. Your Beginner Level One will be
reviewed after 1 year of training at a Minimum number of hours. ( maybe 200-300 hours before your test)
So at Beginner Level 2 you are at what "some systems" call a black
The rank structure continues to grow at each level of proficiency
getting harder and harder.
To become a full instructor in JKD may take 20 years.
A very wise Jeet Kune Do elder once said "Jeet Kune Do is not meant for everyone of 1,000 people, only 3 may make it to instructor level"
Sifu Fuson is a Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell, and a member of the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Sifu Fuson has obtained rank in numerous arts and is the ranking member for the Kalsadapo Martial Arts in the United States.
Jeet Kune Do Training :
To study Jeet Kune Do one must be able to throw out their ego and become humble.
It is only through the honest interpretation can one grow in Jeet
If you can not look at your self and seek out your weaknesses or admit your failures, then you can never take the journey into self discovery that is needed to be a Jeet Kune Do practitioner.
One must understand all the original material of the art ,then develop your self through the process. And once you understand the process, you must adapt it and alter it to fit your own attributes.
You must train in a way that will help you find your failures, your
weaknesses and then you must research and educate your body to overcome these areas so you may become a complete fighter.
In JKD we are constantly pushing ourselves to the limit, and once you are there, you must throw in something different and unexpected, to further test your self once again.
It is important to become well rounded in all areas and ranges of combat. Not just have one type of training partner , but numerous , from all ages, sizes , experience and styles.
Constantly adapting and evolving to new energies new structures, and new opponents is the best way to test your skills
Jeet Kune Do philosophy
Never be bound by technique, or style. Use whatever works to survive.
No matter what method or from what art.
Take the most direct approach and do not waste time or energy.
Learn to flow and adapt to your opponents energy.
"Jeet Kune Do favors the formless so that it can assume all forms and, since it has no style, Jeet Kune Do fits in with all styles."
SiGung Bruce's creed on JKD:
1) "Jeet Kune Do utilizes all ways and is
bound by none"
2) "Jeet Kune Do is finding the cause of your own
3) "Using No Way As Way" and "Having No limitation as
4) "Absorb what is useful , reject what is useless, and add
what is specifically your own"
Article # 4:
Jeet Kune Do History:
Many people think that Jeet Kune Do stemmed solely from Wing Chun, this is not completely true. Although it is widely known that as a youth ,he studied with Yip Man in Wing Chun, he also had training in other styles.
When he began teaching in the U.S. he used a modified form of Wing Chun, (not the pure art) and then would blend more of his own modifications and ideas on western boxing strategies and then would use principles and tactics of western fencing. Then took kicking from different systems both Chinese and non-Chinese systems. During his early days he had taught different methods to different people, under the open banner of Chinese Gung Fu. Eventually he called his art
"Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu" and then later, "Jun Fan Gung Fu" (this is the base system of JKD). There is much confusion over the difference between Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. It is important to remember that Jun Fan Gung Fu was the base
system That SiGung Bruce brought to the United States. A factor contributing to this confusion is that in the beginning JKD was a style for a very short time. The Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute was where JKD could be practiced. But this was a short period of no longer then 7 months, then Jun Fan Gung Fu evolved into a system of progressions. JKD "when first conceived" in 1966,was a specific
style. However, SiGung Lee did not want to limit it, so after 6 or 7
months, around October 1967,it stopped being a style. Therefore JKD became a personal liberation from the Jun Fan Gung Fu,but "must" retain key elements and principles of JFGF in order to be called JKD.It has to be different for everybody. it can be taught but it can not be standardized. JKD's Lineage is the easiest to trace. There is only 1 man alive who was certified by Bruce Lee to teach his arts of : The Tao of Chinese Gung Fu, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Jeet Kune Do- Sifu Dan Inosanto. During Bruce Lee's lifetime he had made only 3
instructors: 1. James Lee( Oakland, Ca.)who made No instructors 2. Taky Kumura( Seattle, WA.)(Jun Fan Gung Fu not JKD) who made 1 instructor 3. Dan Inosanto( L.A. Ca.) who has certified more instructors then anyone. All of Dan Inosanto's training with SiGung Lee was one on one and he also taught 90-95% of the classes
at the Jun Fan Institute in Chinatown. Tuhan Dan Inosanto is the guiding light behind JKD. He was not only Sigung Bruce Lee's training and research partner, but the man who has continued to carry out the wishes of Bruce Lee all these years and pass on the art to future generations. He was the man who continued Sifu Brandon Lee's training and made Brandon an Instructor in all of his dads arts.
What is Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Do is one of the most misunderstood arts in the world today. It is one of 3 arts that was developed and founded by Martial Arts Legend SiGung Bruce Lee. Jeet Kune Do is neither a style nor a system, but a process of personal growth and discovery as compiled by the research and experimentation that led to its creation.
Jeet Kune Do means "Intercepting Fist Way" and is called “The Way of the Intercepting Fist". In this definition "Jeet " stands for intercepting, "Kune" means fist and "Do’" means way. Jeet Kune Do is a complete mixture of the four ranges of combat: Kicking, Boxing, Trapping, and Grappling. If you remember Bruce Lee’s movies and think you
know what it is, the chance of being wrong are pretty high. Bruce Lee’s art must not be confused with the flashy moves he did in his movies, or TV shows. Behind the screen, his personal art involved a complex training system that involved the body and the spirit to develop what he referred to as a "Scientific method of street fighting".
Many people think that any mixture of techniques that works for them is JKD, This not true. There is a special and specific systematic method to approach JKD training.
Jeet Kune Do is not just a fighting method, but a blend of core techniques, tactics, training, fighting and combative concepts backed by scientific principles, research, experimentation that transcends his
Article # 6
More information about style:
Bruce Lee was a young man who broke from tradition and almost single handily changed the course of martial arts history as we know it today. A leading pioneer in the martial arts, cross training, athletic endeavors, research and of course his extreme experimentation. He was the one who opened our eyes to the new martial arts revolution and brought in unheard of training ideas and methods now used everyday by martial arts across the globe for peak performance, decades ahead of his time.
Jeet Kune Do is considered to be a relatively new martial art (created in 1967). This makes it an even more unique art for its time. After meeting many famous celebrities and working in Hollywood Bruce Lee overcame many hurdles and managed to use his skills in acting as the best way to popularize his teaching and philosophy through movies and TV.
When SiGung Lee had first come to the U.S. and taught, he used a modified blend of several arts, as he borrowed from Kung Fu, Western Boxing, Fencing and other influences. He had taught different people at different times and was always making improvements. Eventually he called his art "Jun Fan Gung Fu" (this is the base system of JKD) he stressed not to waste your time with elaborate moves, but to be fast, simple and direct.
It is important to remember that you can not truly know Jeet Kune Do without first knowing the Jun Fan method, this is the base foundation, this is the Art. Jeet Kune Do was named after several more years of experimentation during his days at the L.A. Chinatown school. It was during this time that the birth of Jeet Kune Do came to be, with the help of his senior student, research and training partner (and head instructor of the L.A school) Dan Inosanto.
Jeet Kune Do is a combination of training methods that allows you to be a complete fighter, using unlimited fighting concepts to constantly train your core techniques, mastering all ranges, seeking out the unknown, constantly doing research and experimentation to discover what fits with your body and abilities during the combative mental and physical situations using scientific principles, and of course, a transcending philosophy.
The following is a brief interview from 2014:
Fuson's Eclectic Martial Arts & Jeet Kune Do Academy Chief Instructor Sifu Russell Fuson
How did you first become interested in the martial arts?
I have been actively involved in the martial arts since 1976. I enjoyed the influence of the philosophy of Kung Fu and then worked my way into the more active and combative accepts of the arts and was hooked from then on. I am member of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and hold the 2009 Multi-disciplined Master of the Year title.
I have for years, taught seminars and clinics on a routine basis both locally and throughout the country. I have been trained in both classical and non-classical methods of Karate & Kung Fu prior to entering the military and then further studied dozens of Martial Arts Systems from around the world. I am a second generation student of the late Bruce Lee and originally became a certified Instructor under Jeet Kune Do legend Guro/Sifu Larry Hartsell in 2003. With my instructors blessing, I went on to form the Fuson Jeet Kune Do Academy where I am the chief instructor. I am also a certified instructor in many styles under numerous instructors and prefer to teach a non classical progressive blend of martial arts over traditional styles.
How do you differentiate yourself from other businesses in your category and area?
I am the first person in Michiana to open a legitimate school teaching Jeet Kune Do, Kalsadapo and other Rare Martial Arts. Today we combine the knowledge of these arts into a course on Integrated Martial Arts. This is the same program I have personally taught to members of the Military and both Federal and Local Law Enforcement, including the South Bend Police Defensive Tactics Training Officers My time in the service had shown me the importance of finding something functional and effective for real world application. I know what works and under what conditions, because I have personally applied these methods both in a military combative Life and Death survival environment and in the civilian/law enforcement world.
I was fortunate to cross train and look into as many arts as I could, still prior to the UFC and the current popularity of the mixed martial arts. which but me ahead of what many people were doing at the time. On top of that I had become a known and respected as a second generation student of both Ed Parker and Bruce Lee. These were the 2 men that changed the course of martial arts in the U.S. and I am proud to be a second-generation instructor under both of them.
How many arts do you teach?
At my school I teach 4 primary martial arts arts, Kenpo, Kalsadapo, Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Integrated Martial Arts, as well as Self-Defense Classes.
How many locations do you have and do you have plans to expand?
My primary location for the Academy is in Granger, Indiana I do teach for school systems as well and when asked I do seminars and privates in numerous locations. I actually have an affiliate program for some of the arts I teach which keeps me busy traveling.
How does your affiliate program work ?
There are other marital arts instructors in other states that like to study some of the arts I teach and they do not have instructors in their area for those arts. I have done seminars and group training for some of them in the past. I began to get inquiries from others who also have schools and would like to become ranked under me and join my organization. I found a way to offer them training and they in return bring me in so they keep up on extra training through seminars and privates and I give them a charter school authority to teach some of the curriculum as they continue to train with me as a member of my extended association.
So you have an active organization that allows others outside of the state to represent your arts while they train with you and get promoted directly from you.
Yes, I provide training for the school owners and also teach the students at seminars when I am brought in. I have a program that allows for advancement through the ranks .They can continue to train with the associate in their state and I offer an opportunity for those who are ready to test once a year, to test under me while I am there.
Can you provide detailed directions to the location of your main school in Indiana. We are located in Granger,Indiana on Bittersweet Rd just a few yards off of S.R.23. You will see a traffic light on SR.23 ,turn south on Bittersweet and we are located behind the bank. You will see our parking lot first, as our gym sits back off the road(we are inside PeakFAst Fitness and Sports Training Bld)
What type of payments do you accept?
We prefer checks and cash as payment
Which areas do you service?
I am conveniently located in Saint Joseph County to cover Northern Indiana as well as southern Michigan. I have regular students from South Bend, Notre Dame, Mishawaka all the way though Elkhart and as far away as Saint joseph Michigan who attend our Academy.
Who owns your company or runs daily operations?
I own Fuson's Eclectic Martial Arts as well as Fuson's Jeet Kune Do Academy. I personally teach all the adult classes myself and I have an assistant who teaches our Kenpo class here at the Academy and for the school systems for me. I have a small staff that answer phones, emails and set up seminars and training programs for me behind the scenes, and then I oversee the daily operations and meet with clients.
What are your hours of operation?
Tuesday and Thursday nights: Kenpo Karate youth class: 6:30pm-7:15pm / Kalsadapo Karate: 7:20pm-8:20pm / Jeet Kune Do-Integrated Martial Arts: 8:25pm-9:45pm Sunday: Filipino-Integrated Martial Arts: 3:00pm-4:30pm Privates/Self-Defense/Groups and Seminars are set up separately for the individuals
What is the best compliment anyone can give you?
That they personally have encountered a situation where they controlled the situation and got away using something they learned from me.
What is your favorite quote?
"The goal of the martial arts is not for the destruction of an opponent, but rather for self growth and self perfection. The practice of a martial art should be a practice of love-for the preservation of life, for the preservation of body, and for the preservation of family and friends"