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From Bruce Lee to Dan Inosanto to Sifu Vito to Tann Starr: Jun Fan JDK

Carolyn Tann Starr 2012

Bruce Lee Foundation

Dan Inosanto Martial Arts Academy

Elite Martial Arts

Did you know that the Bruce Lee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity formed in 2002? They have an interesting mission: "To perpetuate and preserve the legacy of Bruce Lee by creating a home where the totality of his legacy, his martial art, his philosophy, and his life example, can continue to thrive for generations to come." I like that because I'm a huge fan of his work and am the proud owner of his books, photographs and movies.

If you spend some time exploring on the BLF website you will discover some interesting quotes that may trigger an interest in studying JDK. For example:

Quote #1: "Jeet Kune Do’s stance, footwork, and major strategic points come from fencing.  A key principle in fencing, the stop-hit, is essentially the JKD namesake—the way of the intercepting fist.  The idea that you can set up your opponent so that you will be able to intercept him in his most vulnerable state—on the attack—is central to the work of fencing authors Aldo Nadi and Julio Martinez Castello, both of whom are quoted heavily in Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do."

Never heard of Aldo until I became a Bruce Lee fan so I thought you guys might want an introduction to a fascinating individual who was a positive influence for Bruce:

Aldo Nadi bio blurb on Amazon.com: "Aldo Nadi (April 29, 1899-November 10, 1965) is considered among the greatest fencers of all time. Aldo was born into a fencing family in Livorno, Italy, and both Aldo and his brother Nedo Nadi were fencers from a very young age. They were both taught in the classical Italian school of swordsmanship by their father, Beppe Nadi, and both were already winning competitions by their teenage years. Nedo is generally considered the better of the two. His opponents include the famous French fencer, Lucien Gaudin. In 1920, at the age of 21, Nadi won gold medals at the Olympics in team foil, team épée, and team sabre. He also won a silver medal in individual sabre, second only to his brother Nedo Nadi. Nadi emigrated to the United States in 1935. He taught fencing in New York City from 1935-1943. In 1943, his book, On Fencing, was published."

Quote #2: "For body mechanics and maximum generation of power, Bruce turned to boxers Edwin Haislet, Jack Dempsey, and Jim Dricsoll."

Never heard of Haislet until I became a fan and discovered some interesting facts about him in the open source Community Books section (http://archive.org/details/Boxing) where I downloaded a free Kindle copy of the out-of-print text: "Edwin Haislet, noted Boxing Coach, wrote his seminal book on the subject in 1940. Haislet served as Executive Director for the Department of Alumni Relations, University of Minnesota. His boxing credentials come from his time served as Boxing Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Recreation there, as well as Director of the Northwest Golden Gloves. Still considered one of the most relevant early 20th Century books on Boxing, Haislet's work is known for his advice on footwork, training, and his inclusion of the Inside and Outside Triple."

From a New-Student-Point-Of-View I think the most helpful quotes on the BLF site regard answering the question WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN AN INSTRUCTOR?

Quote #3:"...purchase and refer to the books written by Bruce Lee or derived directly from his writings from our reading list to best discern for yourself if your instructor seems to know the basics. Also, the BLF will be putting together a core curriculum Manual for publication..."

Pssst... you do realize Book Club is about to get really interesting, right? Just sayin' I'm reading my a$$ off and looking forward to doing some fun reviews. We might even spoof a few martial arts videos (I've been getting a lot of texts about that ever since I tweeted I joined a Florida JDK martial arts school - evil grin).  This book has the plans on how to build a wooden dummy. I'm thinking PVC dummy so my kids can do the project in The Man Cave with me next month. FYI: you can find it for less money if you try. Just sayin' I got my copy in Manhattan for less than $20 so happy hunting people (silly grin).

Quote #4: Lineage
"Does your instructor have a direct lineage to a first generation instructor of JDK? In other words, did he ever study for a good length of time with one or more original students of Bruce Lee or one of the direct second generation students? This is important because this is one way to be sure that the instructor you are studying with has some basis for his knowledge other than books and movies."

Hmm... let me think: Bruce Lee taught Dan Inosanto who taught Sifu Vito who is now teaching me... Ooooo... I am a baby Jun Fan JDK student with my Bruce Lee pampers on trying to learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. How scary is that? Thank God my TapoutXT Day Four was Yoga XT (because I might not have been able to function at my first class today - or walk - that DVD exercise set is insane - LOL). I'm glad I started the Yoga XT because it seems I need to work on my flexibility.

By the way, this JDK project may take a while. You know how mentally challenged martial arts babies can be when introduced to something new that makes their brain drool in "Oooooo, shiny" mode. Yup. It's true. I've been drooling all day (but I digress - LOL).

Thank God for YouTube eh? That's where the wee people and I found Sifu Vito and contacted him through his website to take a free JDK class. I love Dan Inosanto. I brought his VHS tapes way back in the day when I was learning how to Fight Like A Girl (and promptly started collecting the DVDs - LOL) but I never got to attend a single function with the man (because I stay on the East Coast and the furthest I've gotten off the I-95 corridor is TX).

Have you ever seen a Dan Inosanto instructional DVD? What a neat treat. I keep saying I want to see this up close and personal but I never do (sigh). This year that's gonna change because the fabulous Dan Insanto does seminars. OMG - can you say one in TX near my girlfriend (squeeeeee) and accepts visiting students in CA. I've never been to CA. It's on my bucket list of things to do before I'm 50 (seriously).

Time to answer my e-mail: this TapoutXT 90 days to a bikini body challenge the boys started is turning out to be a good thing. After all, hubby and the kids want me to get fit, drop the weight and learn how to swim plus be a proper beach bum. Now I have three things to amuse myself with obtaining that goal: Planet Fitness, TapoutXT and JDK. Hot and Home is next on my bucket list. Did I mention I'm supposed to post my Miss October picture online? What a scary thought... Are your virtual eyes bleeding? Now you know why I'm seriously taking my blogger's butt back to the gym. I need structure and discipline to do those overdue music videoes (with liberal amounts of fun thrown in because we all know I'm just a big three year old with a few gray hairs - LOL).

FYI: Life With Wee People is going to be off the hook because Stephen wants a Bruce Lee body too.

Yup. I'm in my happy place. I can't wait to start building a pvc/wooden dummy with my kids. Poor hubby... I see a stellar family vacation coming on. After all, when I win this bet I get to pick the bikini and the beach. Sweeeeeeet. ;-) 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 09 2012 07:26PM


Be water, my friend.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

LOL @ Laura. I'm thinking it would be really cool if I did a few Bruce Lee illustrations for the shorties. The Man Cave needs a heavy bag, a speed bag and a dragon painting. This requires a movie marathon on my part (evil grin). I'm going to enjoy playing police sketch artist on this project. Definitely looking forward to flowing with which ever way the creative pond floats my mental boat. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I was asked for a link to the Boxing Book PDF: Here it is:


It has nicely drawn illustrations in it. Approximately 128 page read. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Laura, for you, anything (LOL). Hubby and the kids are still up. Rambo is playing in the living room and I'm setting up the Bruce Lee movies in the music room. I'm going to have fun doing this. I miss play time. Been waaaaaaay too serious with my work schedule (OMG - the book re-writes are killing me - I have to change the storyboard illustrations every time we do them). Mental Vacation starts NOW people (evil grin). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Anything for me? Really? Promise? :p LOL!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Hey Laura, painting my a$$ off. Yeah... anything for ya' (LOL) ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Just checking in :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago
100,054 Points Outside Blog

Hello, I wish you continuing success! How is the real estate market in your area?, Is there more REOs than SS? Is the current market improving? James

Posted by James A. Browning, MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified (Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute) over 8 years ago

Hey guys! Been painting portraits, illustrating the graphic novel, composing music and writing my a$$ off. Don't kill me - will post a blog soon. Lots of update coming! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I love it!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 8 years ago

Yeah, I know my staying offline and working on those books have been freaking everyone out (sigh). I'm up to my butt in never ending deadlines. Being a writer is haaaaaaaard (P. S. edit letters never end and beta readers are mad funny - LOL). 

I'm goofing off and will get flack about it tomorrow (because my anal retentive attorney gal pals monitor my social media accounts to keep me off line and writing - bad Bs - evil grin).

Playing with Stephen (who is posing for his childrens book) so I'm checking in. ;-)


Will post some portraits soon. Got Bruce Lee, Angelina Jolie and the wee people (among other things).

We also gotta do book club. I havre a pile of books to review that were great Summer reading. Gotta get back to work. Been living on Skype and missing my blog (sigh).


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Ilove how I'm the only commentor except for the one person I saw lol. Be good!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 8 years ago

Where is Wordy C?  The world wonders....

Posted by Jesse Skolkin (Independent New York State Certified Real Estate Appraiser) about 8 years ago

Jesse, the old dog is learning new tricks (evil grin). Will be back shortly. Been working very hard on several projects and miss you guys terribly.

Laura, will be back messing with you guys as soon as my make over masters unleash me from their slave driving ways and I can become irritatingly irreverent and facetious online again. I have a lot to learn about a couple of new industries and my mentors have me on creative lock down learning, learning, working my tiny mind to death. Kinda trying to finish up the projects from hell (melodramatic sigh, eyes rolling into the back of my head to stare at my fried virtual brain - LOL). ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I'm cracking up reading what we wrote here! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 8 years ago

Hi Caroline! Just stopped by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 8 years ago

This wall is becoming a beautiful monster! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 8 years ago

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