Welcome To JKD Principles For Combat Sports

I started to learn JKD after getting my ass kicked by a Karate Brown Belt. 

At the time I had been training Ninjutsu for a decade and asked a guest Karate student if he'd like to work on some sparring type drills. 

Well, he proceeded to slap me all over the dojo. It was then that I became interested in functional martial arts. 

A trip to my local bookstore led me to the last copy of Bruce Lees "Tao of Jeet Kune Do". 

That was it. 

I was and have been a student of Jeet Kune Do since that day. 

That book opened my eyes to the "classical mess" and defined my path as a martial artist. 

Lucky for me I found an instructor in the local area called Anton St James who also practised JKD. He took me under his wing and taught me all my fundamental JKD skills, along with Muay Thai & Filipino Martial Arts. 

After a decade of training under Anton St James, I travelled to London under the pretence of getting a degree in Sports Science. 

The real reason I went to London was to train at Bob Breens Academy. 

Bob as everyone knows if the godfather of JKD in Europe. He was the first person to invite Guro Dan Inosanto over to teach in the UK and he was one of the first full instructors under Guro Inosanto in Europe. 

I spent five happy years training at Bob's academy in Hoxton, studying JKD with this true master of martial arts. He also invited many instructors from around the world to teach seminars and private lessons at his school.

It was through Bob that I met amazing instructors like Erik Paulson, Marc McFann, Rick Young and Phil Norman.

(Me training at Bob Breen Academy when I was young, thin and had hair)

After I finished my degree I decided I wanted to test the skills I'd learned over the last 20 years JKD training. 

Street fighting wasn't really my thing but at that time MMA was just starting so my training partner James and I competed in some of the very first MMA shows in the UK. 

Our goal? To see if we could make it work under pressure. 

In fact, we started competing in MMA so long ago that there weren't any cages in the UK at the time. We had to fight MMA rules in boxing rings (which meant we often fell out onto the crowd). 

(Winning a belt in MMA. My style was heavily influenced by JKD)

Since those days, I've explored other combat sports but I've always applied JKD principles to whatever I've learned. 

After 20 years study the core principles of JKD (in my opinion) are:

  • Having no limitations
  • Freedom of expression 
  • Simplicity & Directness
  • Economy of motion
  • Non-Classical Movement
  • Non-telegraphic motion
  • Understanding rhythm
  • Interception
  • The six ranges
  • Five ways of attack
  • Centreline theory
  • Combat realism
  • Conditioning

JKD is unique as it's not really a style more a collection of universal principles that can be applied to any fighting system. I've followed JKD principles no matter which style of martial arts I've practiced. 

(My two awesome JKD instructors. Guro Bob Breen & Guro Anton St James

So why create a JKD curriculum for combat sports?

To be honest, I feel there is enough training out there already for JKD as a martial art or self defence system (and there are MANY people more qualified than me to teach that). 

What I feel is missing is a systematic way to teach JKD principles in combat sports.

My goal was to create a curriculum based more on the principles of JKD rather than the historical techniques as practiced by Bruce Lee 40+ years ago. 

Whilst the majority of historical JKD techniques still work some need to be adapted to the changing landscape of martial arts in the 21st Century. 

For example, the UFC has shown us that the traditional trapping range is almost non-existant whilst standing as most fighters now crash through trapping range straight into the clinch. 

However, where trapping does have its place in modern martial arts is on the ground where the same traditional wing chun inspired techniques work perfectly (if you are in mount for example).

The challenge that interested me was to create a curriculum based more on universal principles and less on techniques. 

That way you can apply it no matter what style / sport you practice. 

Curriculum Structure

I've devised this curriculum to teach the principles of JKD through a variety of combat sports. 

Each level of the curriculum focuses on a particular JKD principle and how that principle can be applied in:

-Boxing (the best punching system in my opinion)

-Kickboxing (the simplest system for mixing boxing & kicking)

-& MMA (the dominant multi-range striking sport)

(And yes I know JKD was originally designed for self defence and street fighting  but that's the beauty of JKD, the principles work just as well in combat sports)

In effect, you are getting three curriculums in one as we explore the principles and how they apply to each sport. 

What's included?

The JKD For Combat Sports curriculum includes... 

  • A fully editable curriculum in word and pdf formats that you can personalise and make you own.
  • Detailed instruction manuals explaining JKD principles and how they apply across various combat sports.
  • Over 100 technical instruction videos showing JKD principles applied to various combat sports
  • Video examples from champion fighters showing how and why particular JKD principles worked during fights. (Think Lomachenko for trapping, Dominic Cruise for footwork,  Saenchai for non-classical movement)

This curriculum has been VERY challenging to create.  It's gone through so many edits I've lost count but I'm finally happy with how the content expresses JKD principles across various combat sports

If you are a student of JKD or an instructor that teaches any combat sports I know you will love it. 


Mittmaster Matt

Whats Inside The Course

  • 1


    • JKD For Combat Sports (PLEASE READ FIRST)

  • 2

    JKD For Combat Sports Curriculum

    • JKD For Combat Sports Curriculum (Editable Word File)

  • 3


    • boxing simplicity 1

    • Boxing simplicity 2

    • Boxing simplicity 3

    • Kickboxing simplicity

    • MMA simplicity

  • 4


    • Boxing centreline 1

    • Boxing centreline 2

    • Boxing centreline 3

    • Kickboxing centreline 1

    • Kickboxing centreline 2

    • MMA centreline

  • 5


    • Boxing Interception 1

    • Boxing interception 2

    • Boxing interception 3

    • Boxing interception 4

    • Boxing interception 5

    • Boxing interception 6

    • Boxing interception 7

    • Boxing interception 8

    • Muay Thai Interception

    • Kickboxing Interception 1

    • Kickboxing interception 2

    • Kickboxing interception 3

    • Savate Interception

    • MMA Interception 1

    • MMA interception 2

    • MMA interception 3

  • 6

    5 Ways Of Attack

    • Boxing SDA

    • Boxing ABC

    • Boxing ABC 2

    • Boxing PIA

    • Boxing ABD 1

    • Boxing ABD 2 and 3

    • Boxing HIA

    • Kickboxing SDA

    • Kickboxing ABC

    • Kickboxing PIA

    • Kickboxing FIA

    • Kickboxing ABD

    • MMA SDA

    • MMA SDA 2

    • MMA ABC

    • MMA PIA

    • MMA ABD

    • MMA HIA

  • 7

    Non Telegraphic Motion

    • Boxing non telegraphic

    • Kickboxing non telegraghic 1

    • Kickboxing non telegraphic 2

    • MMA non telegraphic 1

    • MMA non telegraphic 2

    • Extra non telegraphic drills

    • Tells that give you away

  • 8


    • Rythm For Boxing

    • Rhythm For Kickboxing

    • Rhythm For MMA

    • Rhythm extra drills

  • 9

    Combat Realism

    • Combat realism boxing

    • Combat realism kickboxing

    • Combat Realism MMA

  • 10


    • Conditioning Boxing

    • Conditioning Kickboxing

    • Conditioning MMA

    • Conditioning MMA 2

    • Conditioning Ghost

  • 11


    • Simultaneous Defence & Attack Drills

    • Intro to the Focus Mitt Formula

    • Glove Drills Video

  • 12

    Live Support

    • Live Support

  • 13


    • Bob Breen JKD Seminar At Masters Academy

  • 14

    YouTube videos of Elite Fighters using JKD Principles in the Ring or Cage

    • YouTube Videos