The Basics

Article, by Sifu Sean Elders

The basics must always be trained no matter what level of a fighter you are, they are the foundation of your movement. Footwork and stance (Balance) is essential; “Footwork is everything in fighting, if you do not have footwork you have nothing. Footwork is the vehicle from A to B, or A to Z. You must have Footwork.” (Quote by Sifu Sean Elders) The same thing apply’s to the ground game positions, having a good base, and transitions on the ground. Training your tools is essential. You must sharpen your tools (Punches, Kicks, basic weapon movements, Clinch, Ground, etc) consistently. If you are to be able to use them at anytime when a situation is to arise. This is the list of the focus of importance on your tools; Mechanics, Target, Range, Line familiarization, Timing, speed, and power. Depending on what subject it may differ. If you do not train your basic tools, they will not be there for you when you need them the most. During a life & death violent altercation Scientist say you may use only 3% of what you know to survive. During a Fight, Flight, or Freeze visceral response our body’s go through a biological change. Your body has a surge of hormones that release into your blood stream. Your complex motor mechanics dissipate, and your basic motor mechanics decline. Your vision declines, and your peripheral vision starts to close in creating tunnel vision. “Stress inoculation training” along with the basics are the curriculum (RAT) we (PFS) stress the most when training the Navy Seals and other Elite forces. Scientist say that it takes 5000 times to get a movement to be a natural response, and consistent training can make it more visceral. So don’t think your basic tools are for only beginner students, and when you become a advanced student you don’t need to practice them anymore that is just not the case. The basics are the foundation and that will never change. On the other hand more complex movements are also important, they not only are fun, but they build some amazing attributes. Have fun training and don’t forget your basic tools. Train smart, safe, consistent, and hard.


Breaking it down for you!

A Training platform that will last you the rest of your life!

By Sean Elders

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Learning the martial arts is not an easy task, and it takes time and discipline to become proficient. I have developed a platform for any martial artist to follow no matter what style or system they are training in. This platform is made up of stages of developmental learning.

These are the stages of learning the martial arts, and through these stages are understanding and growth.

  1. Stage one is to see the movement, process it, and then understand it.
  2. Stage two is to shadow the movements with your instructor, and absorb the motions into your muscles.
  3. Stage three is to learn the motions enough with your instructor or partner so that you can remember it.
  4. Stage four is practice the movements, so that it becomes second nature on your own or with a partner.
  5. Stage five is movements become innate, by becoming so familiar with the movements that it becomes a part of you. At this stage you are able to make it functional in sparring.
  6. Stage six is teaching the movements, this is a new approach to learning it. Teaching the movements entails a different look at the information, which in turn gives you a better understanding of the facets of that movement.
  7. Stage seven is mastered the motion and forget it, you have come full circle and have a complete understanding of the movement. When you forget it, it is because you no longer have to remember or think about the movements. The movements are a part of you, and no longer fill your mind. Bruce Lee us to say; And when there is an opportunity… l do not hit…it hits all by itself. This is a good example of “master the motion and forget it”, and is something that takes time to get to.

This platform is a process that takes years, not months, and it all depends on your time training it. If you are only practicing three times a week it will take you longer. I suggest you train at least six days a week. Remember anything is possible when you put your mind to it, train hard, train safe, train smart, be a part of the small percentage of martial artist that know their potential, and rise to it.


Why Jeet Kune Do?

Why do we put “Jeet Kune Do” as part of the name of the academy?

By Sifu Sean K. Elders

“Authentic Jeet Kune Do Academy” is the full name of our academy. I have played with all types of names and, many have asked “Why do we have Jeet kune do in the name of our academy, if we train different martial arts?” Well the answer is simple; Jeet kune do is the Tao of the martial arts, another words. JKD is a not a system it is a way, it is a philosophy, it is a path, it is harmony. JKD is the Tao of the martial arts, because it has no limitations, it is flexible, it is progressing, adapting, never stopping, it is its own entity. The Tao is true harmony! JKD is true harmony!

Some misunderstand the difference between JKD, and Jun Fan. Jun Fan is the base system and curriculum that a student must first learn before they may move from learning the principles, concepts, and movements, to a JKD practitioner. The JKD practitioner stage is where you self discover, your own expression of the martial arts. That is why it is funny to see some in the Martial arts community say; “That’s not JKD, why are they doing Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Kali, Silat, Shooto, and so on.” , because they are progressing, just as Sijo Bruce did, we must do the same. They are at the self-discovering phase; they have completed the Jun Fan portion, and have progressed on.

Many have that ingrained in them that the mashed potatoes should never touch the steak, because that would be the end of the world. It tends to be human nature to put everything into a box, and it is never to escape. We must free ourselves from this way of thinking, and this does not mean you should not dedicate yourself to one thing and stick to it till you finish it. That is a very important part of the martial way, there are always two extremes. The guys that go to MMA camps and train for 6 months and learn a McDonald’s fast track way, so they can go and fight in the cage for vast sums of money. Not Good! Very dangerous stuff you’re playing with. It takes time to create the attributes for combat. Look at Bruce Lee’s training schedule if you don’t believe me or “Present day” Fedor Emelianenko’s training schedule and past experience. It is long track records of dedication and hard work that pays off in the long run. The one’s that have the time put in, they are the ones that are the most successful, and are reaping the benefits.


Jeet Kune Do is like the guitarist that starts out learning the notes, chord progressions, rhyme patterns, and the structure. The guitarist starts to learn songs from all different styles, and then begins to create his own music. He now honestly is expressing himself with the guitar. Instead of becoming a slave to one particular style he is just playing what is coming from his heart and it makes sense. A good example is Jimmy Hendrix he did not sound like anyone at the time, he was free from style, and because of this, he was revolutionary. Now they make Guitar distortion pedal with his face on it that make their guitar sound just like his did in the 60’s. This man made a major impression on the world with his music, because he did not fall into certain confines of what music was supposed to sound like at that time. Bruce Lee did the same with the martial arts.

I have personally heard Guru Dan Inosanto speak on this matter many times, and I love his example. Guru Dan says that you are like an IPOD, no one has the same songs in their IPOD, and every song is like a tool, or technique. Some people may like country, and another person may like classical, some may like rock, some may like classical and country, and others may like rock and classical but not country. There may be songs or techniques that you prefer more than others. Eventually you will find your way or path, and when you do it will be the Tao of Jeet kune do.

Bruce Lee use to say; “I can only show you the door way, you must walk through it.”


Four steps to be the best!

by Sifu Sean K. Elders

There are four steps to being the best martial artist you can be. It sounds like an infomercial or something, but it is a sure way to progress. When spending time with some of the best martial artists in the world, like I have. There are things they all have in common, and this is one of them. The four steps to being a successful martial artist are:

1. Classroom

This means that you are training under the supervision of an instructor in a classroom environment. You are learning new information, and training those gross motor skills in a learning atmosphere.

2. Practice

This means you take what you learned in class “home”, and practice the material over, and over so that it gets into your muscles. You create gross motor skills through muscle memory; the scientific name is neuromuscular facilitation. The more you practice, the better you get. The repetition will give you the ability to become better over time, and create the attributes you need to function as a martial artist.

3. Training Partner

This means you have a Training partner you get together with a couple times a week, and work on different things from the class. Your partner may feed a jab, and you do a counter 20 times. Then you feed for your partner the same. Maybe you are working on passing the guard. You pass guard on him 20 times, and then he does the same. You help each other progress, then once you have it down you then contest it, and wrestle it out not mattering who wins or loses only that you grow, and develop together. Having a training partner is a very important aspect to your training; many martial artists miss this avenue.

4. Someone Knowledgeable

This means you have to train with someone more knowledgeable than you, or more advanced than you. You may ask the teacher or senior student if you could train with them once a week if possible, at least once every two weeks. What I mean by train; wrestle, spar, work out technique with them. This is the only way you can gain a good clear understanding of information you are learning by someone that is knowledgeable. Sijo Bruce Lee would try to always find the best at a certain system, and would train with them to gain understanding from them. You have to do the same.

This is a clear cut and dry formula to success in the martial arts. It seems difficult, but through hard work, and dedication you can become the best martial artist you can be, and in the world.


The Five rules for success!

Bruce Lee’s life was full of up’s and downs but one thing was certain his dedication, and success where a staple for us all. Here are five basic rules straight from Sifu Bruce.

  1. “As you think, so shall you become.”
  2. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
  3. “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”
  4. “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.”
  5. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”