Jerry Poteet's Jeet Kune Do™ led by Sifu Fran Joseph, is an association of Sifu Jerry Poteet's students, certified instructors, martial artists, and friends with a passion for the martial art and philosophies of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.
Often referred to as “Keeper of the Flame” and “The Conscience of Jeet Kune Do”, Jerry Poteet spent his life living and teaching Jeet Kune Do to a new generation of students. In the late 60's, Sifu Jerry Poteet was fortunate enough to be chosen as the second student admitted to Bruce Lee’s Chinatown School back in LA. He was also selected to be in a “closed door” group of five students, who trained with Bruce Lee twice a week. “Philosophy In Motion®”, Jerry Poteet was one of Bruce Lee’s first students, privately trained at Bruce Lee’s home and in Chinatown, Los Angeles with an small elite group.
Jerry Poteet represented a living yin yang – hard and soft. His energy and power were distinctive while his compassion and gentleness were endless. With the spirit of a philosopher and the force of unmistakable power, he not only taught Jeet Kune Do as Bruce Lee taught it to him; he shared experiences and wisdom to teach strategy, compassion, efficiency, power, self-awareness, and to live a life unfettered. Through his unique stories and creative analogies, Jerry Poteet simplified the art and life itself for each student.
While many knew of Jerry Poteet’s work through film and choreography, including “Dragon, the Bruce Lee Story”, where he and his wife Sifu Fran Poteet-Joseph trained Jason Scott Lee, his greatest gifts were to those who knew him personally.
He was many things to many people; yet always the same person sharing his energy to all he came into contact with. He was and still is to many of us
– a sifu, a teacher, a friend, and an inspiration… The Gold Light.