Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do has ridden the waves of controversy since his death in 1973. From the backyard of Dan Inosanto to the magazine pages of Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do has become many things to different people. From its early days of being known as Jun Fan Gung Fu to its later incarnation as 'Jeet Kune Do' and then 'JKD Concepts', 'JKD Strategies', 'Combative JKD' and 'Original JKD' (to mention a few) the art has continued to thrive under several different original Lee students. As time marches on and these "pointers to the truth" eventually retire or unfortunately pass on, the world of JKD is left with their students, who have become known as "Second Generation Instructors of Jeet Kune Do." Many of these second generation instructors have had the privilege of training with several of Lee's students rather then merely obtaining one perspective on Lee's art while a select few have chosen the path of solidarity and remain under the guidance of only one instructor of JKD. This book, Descendents of the Dragon, seeks to explore and promote the future generation of Jeet Kune Do instructors and also include instructors from the various off springs of Jeet Kune Do such as Jesse Glover's Non-Classical Gung Fu, Joe Cowles' Wu-Wei Gung Fu and James DeMile's Wing Chun Do. As a historian of Bruce Lee's art and the life of Bruce Lee, I have chosen practitioners to interview that I feel best represent the aforementioned arts and the current state of Jeet Kune Do. Political issues have been kept to a minimum and this book seeks to highlight practitioners who have had the most impact in their respective teachings of Lee's art (s) and visibility via their seminars, books, videos and internet presence. In some cases, the known successor to their instructor was chosen as the most logical practitioner to include in this book.
Given the various factions of Jeet Kune Do, I have tried to include as many different students from the various original students available. All copies will be signed and numbered from the author if ordered from this site! Interviews in the book:
Rocco Ambrose (student of James DeMile) Frank Burczynski (student of Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell) Jerry Beasley (student of Joe Lewis) Richie Carrion (student of Tim Tackett and Bob Bremer) Tommy Carruthers (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) David Cheng (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Lamar Davis II (student of multiple Bruce Lee students), George Hajnasr (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Dave Hash (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Bill Holland (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Eyel Koren (student of Joe Cowles) Ron Kosakowski (student of Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell) John McNabney (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Ron Ogi (student of James DeMile) Kip Pascal (student of Steve Golden), Burton Richardson (student of Dan Inosanto) Vern Rochon (student of Jerry Poteet) Tony Santiago (student of multiple Bruce Lee students) Brian Stevenson (student of Pat Strong) Tim Tackett (student of Dan Inosanto and Bob Bremer). Deluxe Edition additions: Richard Torres, Adam James, Bob Landers, Adam James, Zee Lo and Mike Henry. Overloaded with rare pictures from the interviewees!