Syracuse Martial Arts Academy

Ancient Wisdom...Modern Results

Jeet Kune Do is a relatively new martial art, developed by the martial arts master, Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee began his martial arts career studying Wing Chun Kung Fu under grandmaster Yip Man in Hong Kong, and then taught his art in the U.S. as Jun Fan Kung Fu.

Lee began by taking the best and most practical aspects of Wing Chun and combining these with elements of western boxing; trapping and grappling; and influences from a variety of other martial arts. This developed into a fighting style that he named Jeet Kune Do, the "Way of the Intercepting Fist".

Jeet Kune Do is not a new style of kung-fu or karate. Bruce Lee did not invent a new or composite style, nor did he modify a style to set it apart from any existing method. His concept was to free his followers from clinging to any style, pattern, or mold.


The effect Jeet Kune Do had was to expose the Chinese martial arts to the world, which subsequently created a worldwide rush by westerners to learn these martial arts. It also stimulated interest in the other martial arts including Japanese, Okinawan and Korean.

No other man has had more influence on the spread of martial arts to the world than Bruce Lee.


Taught by Guro Eric Winfree. Check the Calendar for the days/times of the Jeet Kune Do Class

JKD Grappling

Taught to Guru Kevin (Teacher of Sifu Eric Winfree) by World Reknown Grappling Expert Sifu Erik Paulson former Light Heavyweight Shooto World Champion. Students will learn various methods of combat and street grappling blended together in a comprehensive system. Using long and mid-range techniques from Western Boxing, Muay Thai, and Jun Fan / J.K.D., the practitioner learns how to enter safely and efficiently into the grappling range. The "Combat Submision Wrestling" Grappling method utilizes principles and techniques from Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Kali, Silat, Shoot Wrestling and Collegiate wrestling to form a devastating system of throws, take downs, control maneuvers, joint locking, and finishing holds. 


Taught by Guro Eric Winfree Check the Calendar for the days/times of the Grappling Class