Salem Assli: Savate

An early Savate Kickboxing seminar held for Cambridge University students, featuring Professor Salem Assli. The seminar took place in Parkside Gymnasium and was hosted by the Senior Coaches for Cambridge University Kickboxing Society at that time, Ollie Batts and Dr Julie Gabriel, from Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts. Highlights from Assli’s Panther Videos Savate-JKD...

Sifu Larry Hartsell on Grappling in JKD

Larry Hartsell came into Bruce Lee’s school as a man with a black belt in Judo and over 10 years of experience in grappling as well as a strong foundation in the striking arts that began in 1961 with his training in Kenpo Karate under Ed Parker. Shortly after receiving his black belt rank from Ed Parker, he spent time in the Army including combat in Vietnam, where he served with military police. Larry Hartsell, already an accomplished Judo man, enjoyed sparring with soldiers from the elite South Korean ROK division stationed nearby. Upon his return to this country he enrolled in SiGung Bruce Lee’s Chinatown school in Los Angeles. It was at this school that he began his thirty plus years of training under Guro Dan Inosanto. Larry Hartsell’s training under Bruce Lee continued with Private instruction at Bruce Lee’s home in Bel Air, California. It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee broke combat down into the four ranges of Kicking, Boxing, Trapping and Grappling. The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell. At the time of Bruce Lee’s untimely death there were only 33 formal techniques in the grappling range. As the final and closest range there was much research to do in this range and Larry Hartsell continued his research into this area with various discrete techniques that now form the core of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling. Larry Hartsell’s skill in hand-to-hand combat, his weapons training and his development of techniques in the grappling range led to a wide and varied range of professional experiences. With his training under Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell has been in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities like Mr. T of the A-Team fame, and as a trainer for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to this he taught classes at his own schools as well as at the Inosanto Academy, and offered self defense and combat courses for the elite Navy Seals and police officers through various colleges and agencies. Larry Hartsell authored several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling. “Entering to Trapping To Grappling and takedowns, Counters, and Reversals.” In addition he nine internationally distributed videotapes on the grappling arts. These books, videos and his skill in the grappling arts have resulted in Larry Hartsell being listed in the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts” and cover shots with numerous feature articles in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Arts Training, Inside Karate, Australasian Fighting Arts, and many others. Larry Hartsell is the man Dan Inosanto described as “One of the premier Jeet Kune Do fighters of our time.” Larry Hartsell focused his efforts on the development of the Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association. With the tremendous rise in the popularity of the grappling arts it became paramount to Hartsell to demonstrate to martial artists the fact that Jeet Kune Do has had a strong emphasis on the grappling range for thirty years and that these thirty years have produced an extensive development of the grappling arts. The Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association has representatives worldwide. Larry Hartsell Seminar at the Inosanto Academy JKD Sifu Larry Hartsell summer camp in Lake Thoe in 1995 Sifu Larry Hartsell in 1993 Further rare footage of the late great Larry Hartsell, teaching a JKD Entering to Trapping & Grappling seminar, with Pete Hetrick at Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts (UK), in the early 90’s. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Another Seminar on JKD Grappling One of the last interviews by the Late Larry Hartsell. He was one of the premier fighters under Bruce Lee and in...

Bert Poe

Bert Poe was a Marine Raider, Korean war vet, bodyguard for Eleanor Roosevelt, champion marine boxer and undefeated professional boxer, Texas Ranger, Sheriff, and security expert.

Guro Dan Inosanto – 2012 Interview

If you saw Bruce Lee’s final film, The Game Of Death, you may remember Dan Inosanto from the infamous nunchaku duel. A Filipino-American martial arts master and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Mr. Inosanto has graced the big screen as well as the cover of countless martial-arts magazines. &nbsp: In Part 2 of our discussion with Guro Dan Inosanto, the master schools us in a bit of Filipino martial art history, walks us through some basics, and explains why an eye gouge can be the best way to end a...

Zen in the Martial Arts...

This book by Joe Hyams was absolutely instrumental in my early education as a Martial Artist, and my development as a teacher of the Martial Arts. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve returned to this book over the years. I still teach many of the lessons contained within, and always recommend this to my committed students. In addition to his perspective on training, and zen, Hyams also offers some very rare vignettes of what it was like to train directly under Bruce Lee. Friends, if you’re interested in purchasing this book, or others from Amazon.com, why not help us out in the process? A (small) percentage of every sale that comes from this website will go towards helping us maintain this site. If you enjoy the content we’re providing, and would like to help, consider clicking on this image to shop Amazon. The link will open in a new window....

Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Perfect for serious students of Jeet Kune Do, this book is one of the many classics of Martial Arts. Although not a story or typical work of non-fiction, this text offers insight into the mind of the founder of Jeet Kune Do. This is also an interesting snapshot into the nature of Martial Arts training at the time that this was originally published. Friends, if you’re interested in purchasing this book, or others from Amazon.com, why not help us out in the process? A (small) percentage of every sale that comes from this website will go towards helping us maintain this site. If you enjoy the content we’re providing, and would like to help, consider clicking on this image to shop Amazon. The link will open in a new window....

Dan Inosanto Interview – 1980’s...

“Very rare cut from documentary “Way of the Warrior – Kung Fu, the Hard Way”-Bruce Lee by Dan Inosanto, from early eighties. Guro Dan talk about wing chun influence on Master Bruce Lee,s Jeet Kune Do and he explains energy and trapping. Guro Dan said that JKD is 50% wing chun and other 50% other...

Bruce Lee – The Lost Interview...

A rare black & white television interview with Bruce Lee on the Pierre Burton Show, from 1971.