Jeet Kune Do – Michael Gonzales Dallas
Michael Gonzales studied under Sifu Ted Wong starting in 1989. In previous years he studied under various teachers. However, Ted Wong was Bruce Lee’s protégé and best friend. Sifu Wong is the most knowledgeable first generation instructor and is listed in Bruce Lee’s first four original books.
After many years of study, Ted Wong officially certified Michael Gonzales as a Sifu in Jeet Kune Do. Mr. Gonzales sparred with other Jeet Kune Do instructors across the United States and was always top ranked. He is originally one of only 22 second generation instructors certified under Ted Wong worldwide. His team in Dallas enjoyed the prominence to be the best conditioned athletes worldwide.
The curriculum for Michael and his instructors included 45 minutes of jump rope, 12 rounds of sparring, 12 rounds of kicks, punches and footwork.
He and Mr. Wong developed a long time personal relationship. In 1994, Michael Gonzales purchased 6 original auction items from the Bruce Lee Estate that were in his personal home. He is friends with Linda Lee and her daughter.
Over the years Sifu Gonzales developed an inner circle of third generation instructors to carry one the mission that Bruce Lee taught Ted Wong. Mr. Gonzales has not changed the curriculum nor has he integrated it any other art. Therefore, his curriculum is based on the original training methods of Bruce Lee as taught to Sifu Ted Wong.
To this day, he trains 7 day per week and is Chief Instructor of the Authentic Jeet Kune Do Association.
In the coming year, Michael Gonzales will be developing a curriculum to certify practitioners so that Bruce Lee’s legacy will prevail for future generations.
What is it?
The term jeet kune do was coined and put into use by Bruce Lee to put a name to his martial expression. Jeet Kune Do (JKD) “The way of the intercepting fist” in Cantonese, is a hybrid philosophy of martial arts heavily influenced by the personal philosophy and experiences. Lee, who founded the system on July 9, 1967, referred to it as “non-classical”, suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking when one’s opponent is about to attack.
How it is formed?
Originally, when Lee began researching various fighting styles, he called it Jun Fan Gung Fu. Not wanting to create another style which would share the limitations that all styles had, he instead described the process which he used to create it:
“I have not invented a “new style,” composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from “this” method or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see “ourselves”. . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don’t, and that is that. There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune Do is simply the direct expression of one’s feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one’s back.”
— Bruce Lee