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JKD UNLIMITED

From Burton Richardson, founder of JKD Unlimited

My goal is to offer top level, functional, street-oriented training to martial artists worldwide. JKD Unlimited is a term we use to symbolize the overriding philosophy that guides all of our training programs; that is, that we use Bruce Lee’s idea of constant improvement with a street emphasis, along with the notion that there are no limits to our potential. As Sifu Dan Inosanto once said when asked about JKD Unlimited, “That is it exactly- the JKD concept is unlimited.” For The Street™ is the brand name we have chose to describe our training modules. FTS means we train realistically For The Street™, For Street Self Defense™.

By using the concept of training modules, more and more people will engage in functional training.  Our MMA FTS/MMA For Street Self Defense module will still encompass all the ranges, with or without weapons, but the specialization modules will help to round out those who desire more training in a particular area, and will benefit those who just want to go deeper into an area of training.

Our programs are made to fit the needs of a variety of martial artists. People already versed in the striking arts may just want the BJJ FTS training module (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Street Self Defense™). Ground fighters may want our upcoming Kickboxing FTS, or Clinch FTS training modules. MMA gyms may just want the Battlefield Kali™ program (which includes Battlefield Kali™ single stick, Battlefield Kali™ knife and Battlefield Kali™ sword training modules), and there are those mainly interested in our Silat FTS™ (Silat For Street Self Defense™).

So choose your module or modules and Log Your Rounds!™

One important training philosophy that we have here is that the basis of training is sparring. When a new student comes to class, even with no experience at all, they start sparring the first class. With protective gear and a soft stick and/or knife, but sparring comes first. If not, the person can develop very bad habits for years before actually trying the art out.

Also, the art is experiential, meaning that each person must experience the fight for him or her self. It may be great that the techniques have been proven by others, but the technique by itself is useless without the sparring time to develop the proper attributes to be able to actually apply the techniques in a real situation. So, each individual must develop the ability to use the technique under real fighting pressure. That is the difference between knowledge and skill.

FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF JKD UNLIMITED

1. WE TRAIN FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR STREET SELF-DEFENSE.
We train to be effective in the street environment, then make adjustments to the training for students who wish to enter sporting competitions. Not the other way around.
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2. WE TRAIN WITH PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE.
A real attacker is going to resist your effort 100%. If you want to learn how to fight, you have to practice fighting against someone who is fighting back. Progressive resistance allows everyone, regardless of experience, to do this in a safe, fun training environment.
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3. WE TRAIN AS COMPLETE SELF-DEFENSE ATHLETES:
We train to be prepared for almost any situation: all the ranges (standing, clinch, ground), multiple opponents, weaponry and a variety of environments. We want each student to actually train in as many self-defense scenarios as possible so that if a student gets into a bad situation they already have experience in that particular situation.
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4. HAVE FUN!
I am planning to train for the rest of my life, and I assume that my students will do the same. If we are going to spend this much time working on developing functional skills, we should be having fun doing it. If you are training for a competition, you have to grind and do a lot of very uncomfortable and painful training. If you are training for self-defense, you should work very hard at times, but it should not be a big grind. The training sessions should be so enjoyable that we look forward to each class. Our classes in Honolulu, Hawaii are held in a very relaxed but disciplined atmosphere. Lots of laughing and joking while training hard. As Bruce Lee said, “You should train seriously, but don’t seriously train.” Well said!

Burton Richardson
President Jeet Kune Do Unlimited