West Martial Arts
CLASSES AT CORNELL
The Jeet Kune Do Class at Cornell is taught as
an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Format. This focus will include JKD's approach
to stand-up striking, teaching a blend of boxing, kicking,
knee and elbow strikes. The ground format will include take
downs, mixed blends of grappling using Erik Paulson's CSW Combat Submission
Wrestling approach, Brazilian Jujitsu, Filipino Kali grappling and striking
from the ground. The student will learn the best methods I've used to
train some top competitors in the Professional MMA circuit in the Northeast,
including The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Participant Erik"Chainsaw"
Charles and UFC fighter Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory and
What is Jun Fan ?
Jun Fan is Bruce Lee's
composite method of Martial Arts that evolved through research, thought
and development, using highly efficient core methods from different
Martial Arts systems. These core methods were developed into four
sections: Wing Chun (Lee Jun Fan Method), Kick boxing (Lee Jun Fan
Method), Chinese & Western Boxing and Grappling & Chin Na.
Because of his research and development, Sijo Lee’s art was
constantly changing. The Jun Fan Martial Arts of 1964 looked somewhat
different than 1965 and 1966, 1970, etc. Jun
Fan/Jeet Kune Do is one of the original Mixed Martial Arts Systems
and an American Martial Art, developed in the USA by an Asian American...Bruce
What is Jeet Kune Do?
Bruce Lee was constantly searching
to find a common thread blend of Martial Arts that fit him and allowed
the personal expression. As he revised his approach, concepts and
principles from Martial Arts were adopted, absorbed and applied to
his Jun Fan Method. As he added, he also simplified, carving off the
unwanted material to meet his personal needs. This process evolved
into an individualized way of applying these principles and thoughts,
which eventually became the art, science & philosophy of Jeet
Kune Do. Sijo (founder) Lee realized that Jun Fan Gung Fu confined
his application of concepts and principles to a singular method, restraining
his JKD from total freedom and truth, as he defined it. The Jeet Kune
Do Method of applying specific principles and concepts could and did
apply to many Martial Arts movement systems. Therefore, JKD is not
Wing Chun, Kali, Kickboxing, or a combination of various Martial Arts
systems, but can be found in part or applied to these systems and
many others, including Modern MMA. Because concepts and principles
are universal, they cannot be confined to, or contained in, only one
method. Bruce Lee continued his revisions until his demise in 1973.
Only three people
were ever certified as instructors under Bruce Lee. They were James
Lee, Taky Kimura and Dan Inosanto. Kevin Seaman was certified as an
instuctor in 1985 in Jun Fan/ Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto and
has been a senior student training under him for over 26 years. Kevin
currently holds the rank of Full Instructor under Sifu Inosanto.
The Class Objective
This is a blended system of martial
arts that combines a modern western training approach with eastern
martial arts training methods. Two person partner training and use
of equipment to develop the student’s strength, power and focus
is stressed. This
semester's Spring 2009 format will emphasize the application of Jeet
Kune Do in regard to Mixed Martial Arts training and competition.
The class will maintain a strict regard
for safety, but none the less instruct the student in the No-Nonsense
approach of Modern Mixed Martial Arts.
The system emphasizes footwork and agility, economy of motion, counter
ability and strong practical self-defense, using a strategic approach
to training and combat. This realistic, modern training approach cultivates
strong physical, mental and emotional development in the student.
" All martial arts
are developmental in nature, and a student must have a strong foundation
in order to grow. However, the true process of learning occurs inside
the individual as they digest the material and make it their own.
This is the Jeet Kune Do concept of self- knowledge through self-discovery.”
-Sifu Kevin Seaman
COURSE FEE: $99.00 +
$20.00 EQUIPMENT FEE
“ Jeet Kune Do favors formlessness
so that it can assume all forms and since Jeet Kune Do has no style,
it can fit in with all styles. As a result, Jeet Kune Do utilizes
all ways and is bound by none and, likewise, uses any techniques or
means which serve it’s end.”
-Sigung Bruce Lee
This is What the Students are Saying
Kevin Seaman's Winning
Mind Set and martial arts coaching has helped me to restructure my
thinking for more effective training and success as an athlete. The
pleasure of working with Kevin Seaman have not only been influential,
but essential in achieving my goals as a professional fighter, and
in everyday life. I would recommend training with Sifu and The Winning
Mind Set to anyone looking to develop a winning mindset of their own.
Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory
Professional MMA Fighter: 11-2
World Fighting League Middleweight Champion
Defending NABC World Welterweight Champion
Four Time UFC Competitor
was my first Martial arts class and I'm really glad and proud to have
Mr. Seaman as my first instructor. Mr.Seaman's teaching has captivated
my imagination and desire to learn more about self defense, be it
Jeet Kune Do or any other art! Thanks for everything!
as usual. Any serious student of the martial arts should consider
taking Jeet Kune Do. I continue to be impressed by the flexibility,
applicability, and comprehensiveness of this system. Thank you for
another great semester. Thank you for teaching us.
having taken a martial arts class, I made a wise decision in taking
this particular style. Bruce Lee spent his life synthesizing the most
effective techniques into what is today a very accessible art form.
And today, Cornellians are fortunate to have one of the world's foremost
authorities on one of the world's most exclusive martial arts right
here on campus. Sifu Kevin Seaman is one of these people that come
around once in a lifetime. The only regret I have is that I didn't
start taking his courses sooner. Bruce would be proud of the job he's
A great class both for beginners trying to learn the basics of self
defense and for experienced martial artists from other schools trying
to broaden their martial arts background
It was a great
course. You brought an amazing amount of experience and wisdom to
the class, and I felt privileged to have some of that wisdom imparted
to me. Thank you Sifu!
Carlos La Hoz
to JKD. I had never taken a martial art before, but the class taught
me very quickly. Sifu didn't let us get away with doing thing improperly.
teacher and a good guy, with a whole lot of martial arts knowledge
was much more than I originally expected. I thought it was going to
be a straight out martial arts class, but it was much more fun! Sifu
Seaman is an excellent teacher. He really likes to jump in and teach
people one on one, to make sure we all know what's going on before
moving on to something more difficult. Even if you've never had experience
in martial arts, Jun Fan is easy to learn.
was great! I learned a lot, and feel my martial arts abilities have
improved significantly. Sifu Seaman does a great job of blending technique
Jeet Kune Do is to our modern world as Kung Fu was to ancient China-an
intuitive approach to martial arts that emphasizes practicality, self
discipline and helping to make the world a safer and better place.
I fully recommend this class to anybody who has such interests. Sifu,
thank you for aiding me in my quest to better serve and protect my
loved ones and those who need help.
was very helpful to me not only in my quest to learn Bruce Lee's Jeet
Kune Do, but also in furthering my understanding of the fundamentals
of any martial form. The breadth of knowledge he brings to the floor
This is an excellent course that is highly useful, well-presented,
and motivational. I would recommend JKD to anyone who seeks to enhance
his/her fighting ability and physical fitness in an effective manner.