Cont. from above
One after that one has to ask why are people studying certain arts in JKD?
Dan Inosanto has studied different arts, and all appear to only study the arts he does or deems practical that are under him, or were once with him like yourself, Paul Vunak, Ron Balicki, etc. The arts Dan has included large dose of Filipino Martial Arts, why? Mmmmm... might be because he is Filipino. If he was Korean , there would be a large dose of Korean arts Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, etc; or Japanese - Ninjutsu, Karate, etc. Which is why out of the full arts studied ,there are no Korean, Japanese, Indian, etc. More to the point nobody seems to have gone much into anything Dam Inosanto hasn't???
For yourself, Burt - what full art do you teach that Dan Inosanto does not or that he has not at least studied? You do Filipino Martial Arts - Kali, etc, Thai Boxing, Shoot/Gracie (Ground), etc; Dan of course teaches or has done them all.
So are only the arts or techniques Dan Inosanto deems worthy to be included in Jeet Kune Do, worth including; if so what an insult to Japanese , Korean arts & their practitioners??? Are no Korean, Japanese, etc arts worth studying or learning? From previous post, are those arts Dan Inosanto has included really JKD according to what Bruce Lee laid out? Also some arts included are like new crazes or fads, in 80's Gracie Juijitsu prevails in UFC, Shootfighting comes out; I know lets include it in JKD and study the full art (????), which is exactly what happened! I mean if Capoiera or Ninjutsu completely dominated the UFC then, Dan Inosanto and all other JKD people would have rushed out to study them & be teaching the full arts now.
Nothing wrong with studying other arts, MMA & all that but there has to be some basis in which to do so, should there not? Especially if you are using the term Jeet Kune Do, an art founded by Bruce Lee? If not, then just study Jun Fan, read or learn about JKD and go off and study any old art you like - add Capoiera if you like it or Systema; and you got your Jeet Kune Do, right there; which seems to be the prevalent notion today???
You hear of all these 'so termed' - Original JKD people, that want to stick pretty much to what Bruce Lee taught in his lifetime, nothing wrong with that it's their perogative; but at least they aren't going off and adding any old technique or art, because they know all to well, many of them and the techniques they use do not follow JKD guidlines as laid down by Bruce Lee, and that there has to be set criteria for evaluating an art or techniques worthy of inclusion. I'm not for or against so called 'Original' or for or against so called 'Concepts'; so not trying to discuss what is better out of those two, more attempting to understand what people deem Jeet Kune Do & why today?
I mean in 50 / 100 years will they have added several more arts or another thousand techniques to Jeet Kune Do? Very probably at the rate & way it is going, but then will it still really be Jeet Kune Do????
Passing note, one has to consider also the inclusion of sports like Shootfighting or Thai boxing, or (if you don't term them sports) arts that have done well in sports like Gracie Jui-jitsu in UFC/MMA/Gracie JJ contests, Thai boxing in K1/MMA/Thai boxing fights, etc. All those contests K1, UFC, Thai Boxing bouts - all great real tough, etc but........... NOT real fighting, not by a long shot! Are techniques , strategies, etc that do well in them necessarily combat effective for the street??? More to the point can they be effectively utilised in self defence by all in JKD? For e.g. shield/guard block with legs inThai boxing, can a small woman successfully block a larger mans (say 6ft 5" 280 pounds hits like ton of bricks) leg with it, should she be taught it as being practical for self defence or try to use it in the street???? Is it practical to roll around on the street doing grappling, or wise for smaller or weaker person? We should all be ready for the ground of course, but teaching Gracie JJ or Shootfighting to weaker persons or smaller persons as practical self defence for the street is it wise??? Yet in JKD everyone learns all these arts.
Thanks for yor time Burt, if you get the chance to read this and respond.