The Seattle Era
For information on each student listed, simply hover your mouse over their picture and you will be given a brief synopsis of the students biography. Scroll past the pictures for the complete curriculum from this era.
Jesse Glover was Bruce Lee's first friend and student in the USA. He last saw Bruce in 1965 at Brandon Lee's birthday party. He has since went on to form his own interpretation of Lee's teachings known as "Non-Classical Gung Fu".
Ed Hart was Bruce Lee's second student. He was one of the core group of the Seattle era students who later went on to form his own "stuff" which closely resembles Jesse Glover's "Non-Classical Gung Fu" with an emphasis on grappling. Mr. Hart passed away on 12/3/98.
DeWelle "Skip" Ellsworth was Bruce Lee's third student and close friend. Known as the "gentleman" of the Seattle group, Ellsworth was always dressed as nice and of a pleasant with his demeanor. Skip moved to the Philippines in 1994 and built his own resort in 2005 (Skip's Beach Resort). He recently passed away on 8/6/08.
Jim DeMile was one of the core group of Lee's Seattle students. He later became a student of Jesse Glover and is famous for teaching the finer principles of Lee's close range punching. His art, "Wing Chun Do" is a progression from what he learned from both Lee and Glover.
Taky Kimura, although not one of Lee's original core students, quickly became one of his best friends and confidantes. He later became Lee's first official assistant instructor and has continued to teach Lee's art since his death. His son, Andy Kimura has taken over the teaching reigns for his school.
Leroy Garcia was also a member of the core group of Seattle students. He presently is not involved in martial arts.
Joe Cowles was a close friend of Bruce Lee who went on to create his own interpretation of Lee's art called, "Wu Wei Gung Fu" which combines Jun Fan Gung Fu with Chin-Na and Jujitsu. He currently teaches privately in the state of Washington.
Doug Palmer was a close friend of Bruce Lee who had the unique experience of traveling with Lee to Hong Kong for a summer where he met Lee's family and his late teacher, Yip Man. Palmer is an international lawyer and is retired for martial arts.
Pat Strong was lucky enough to discover Bruce Lee at a young age. He later met and trained with Hawkins Chueng who filled in the gaps of his knowledge using Wing Chun as the base of Lee's skill. Mr. Strong teaches what he calls, "Core JKD" and conducts seminars when his schedule permits while maintaining a small group of private students.
Ron Kealoha was an original student of Bruce Lee who Taky Kimura gave permission to open a small school in Hawaii. Ron has since passed on but has left a unique lineage behind him.
Gin-Lai or Salutation
Bi-jong or ready stance
• (Incorporating the Centerline Theory)
Immovable Elbow Theory
Four Corner Theory
• Shifting right
• Shifting left
Sil Lim Tao (basic form taught in Seattle)
Straight punches and elbow punches and various body punches
Bil-jee (finger jab)
• Forward straight heel kick
• Forward shovel kick
• Side kick
Low side kick
• Low toe kick
• Groin toe kick
• Hook kick (medium & high)
• Spinning back hook kicks
Chi Sao (sticking hands)
• Tan sao
• Bong sao
• Gong sao
• Vertical fist punch
• Fook sao or elbow contained bent wrist block
• Palm strikes - vertical - side - and palm up
• Pak sao
• Lop sao
• Chop chuie - Gwa chuie
• Pak sao lop sao gwa chuie
• Lop sao chung chuie lop sao chung chuie
• Chop chuie gwa chuie lop sao chung chuie
Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, james demile, jeet kune do, jkd, doug palmer, jim demile, bruce lee
skip ellsworth, bob bremer, howard williams, taky kimura, jesse glover, leo fong, james lee jun fan gung fu, richard bustillo, jerry poteet, joe cowles, dan inosanto