Philosophy In Motion®
Training Jeet Kune Do, Sifu Jerry Poteet would have us pare down our movements to the bare essentials. For example, a kick that began with three motions, back leg to front leg, knee pointed, foot extended, became ONE motion, thus catching two beats of time. Like the Zen swordsman Takuan, there was "not a hairbreath between movements". This type of training requires extreme awareness; awareness of body motion, awareness of superfluous movement, awareness of TIME. But if you could grasp the principles and express them, your strikes, kicks, punches, etc. became incredibly explosive. (One need only to watch any of Bruce Lee's movies to see this PHILOSOPHY IN MOTION®.) Like his famous teacher, Bruce Lee, Jerry Poteet lived fully in the present moment. Many of his lessons were a guide or blueprint for finding the Living Tao. Ironically, the more still and centered he became, the more explosive and incredible his martial arts skills became. Focusing purely on the present moment gifted him with an awareness of other's intentions. He knew, or seemed to know, what you were going to do before you did! When Jerry pressed Sijo Lee about his uncanny ability to do the same years previosly, Bruce merely told him "not to discard the five senses looking for a sixth". After that conversation, Jerry not only trained his body for the rigors of Jeet Kune Do, he endeavored to train his mind and senses to their fullest. He always had a book(s) by his side, as well as a notepad to record his ideas on everything from JKD, new equipment designs, poetry, cooking, etc. The smallest task became an opportunity to live in the moment and express himself creatively.