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Who We Are

Bruce Lee was different. He developed an unbelievable physique and maintained a perfect diet. He was very studious and read passionately about philosophy and martial arts. Of course, it is probably because of his flashy martial arts moves in movies that you know who he was.

His fame left some very distinct footprints on the martial arts world. His candid critique of traditional martial arts styles earned him many critics. He was bold enough to shake up the entire martial arts world by creating something new. In his mind, he saw that martial arts had become tarnished by the influence of greedy teachers, profit motives, and general insecurity. He believed that to discover the truth of martial arts, we must return to the roots of physics, psychology, and kinesiology. No longer would a method of fighting be hidden in a closed circle of secrets. The ability to master control of your body comes from within your own mind, not from traditions honed over hundreds of years by magic men.

After the world tragically lost Bruce Lee at an early age, there were many who sought to follow in his footsteps. What they did not understand is that following his footsteps does not lead to Jeet Kune Do. To find Jeet Kune Do, you must follow your own path. But, luckily he did leave us an important guide that teaches how to overcome the obstacles that block our path. In our classes, our goal is to keep this guide alive and to build honest friendships with others who happen to meet along the way.

Instructors

Mike Gittleson mgittleson@jkdcolorado.com

Mike is a long-time student and certified instructor under Sifu Ted Wong. His background in the martial arts is extensive. From the age of 10, he studied traditional jiujitsu and Wing Chun for many years. After moving to southern California, he sought out other martial arts in order to find what he believed to be the answer for him.

In the early 1990s, he was lucky enough to meet Ted Wong and become his private student. Training in Sifu Wong's back yard on a regular basis, Mike learned that Jeet Kune Do was "it". Everything he had learned in other martial arts became a thing of the past.

He soon opened a Jeet Kune Do studio that he ran for several years, teaching many people with various martial arts backgrounds. From police officers, body guards, military, to the average Joe on the street, he taught them to be more efficient and confident in their fighting skills.

Since then, because of family obligations, Mike chose to move back to his childhood home of Colorado. He has continued to teach small groups along the way.

Dan Harris dharris@jkdcolorado.com

Dan began studying with Mike in 2003 as a private student. He never studied any martial arts before Jeet Kune Do and was not previously interested in it. When Jeet Kune Do found him, it inspired something inside he didn't realize was missing.

Dan has never forgotten the special excitement of internal discovery he experienced at the beginning of his lessons. He tries to never lose touch of this and share it with any new students at JKD Colorado. He has made Jeet Kune Do a significant part of his life and is often found punching or kicking invisible adversaries that engage him at random intervals.

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Colorado's source for Jeet Kune Do classes. Serving the Denver metropolitan area with two locations, including the Stapleton/Northfield area in North Denver and Southeast Denver. Jeet Kune Do is different from karate, tae kwon do, and kung fu.