Bruce Lee was born in the hour and year of the dragon in November of 1940 in San Francisco CA. His parents returned to Hong Kong when he was three years old and at age 13, he was taken to Wing Chun legend Ip Man to study Wing Chun Kung Fu. After Bruce turned 18, he moved to Seattle, Washington where he started teaching Wing Chun at the University of Washington while he studied philosophy. Later Bruce moved to Oakland, CA and opened a school. It was there the infamous fight between Bruce Lee and a challenger took place in 1964, arranged by the Chinatown elders in an attempt to shut down the school to prevent Bruce from teaching non Chinese students. Although Bruce ended the fight in 3 minutes, he began to see limitations to classical martial arts. This led to his developing an uncomplicated, effective method which he could readily apply in a real fight; thus Jeet Kune Do was born. He later moved to Los Angeles California and began selecting students to train under his wing at his newly opened school in Chinatown where he taught Jeet Kune Do in its most mature stage of development. The powerful impact he would have on the world - no less than formidable. And his memories, reinforced throughout each and every moment in time.
Sifu Jerry Poteet, who already held a black belt in Kenpo Karate under renowned instructor Ed Parker was the second student personally chosen to train at the Chinatown Los Angeles School and is one of the elite few that Bruce handpicked to train privately at his house twice a week during the “Chinatown Era” in the 1960’s. Sifu Poteet is recognized by Kung Fu Magazine as “the greatest Jeet Kune Do instructor in the world” and is celebrated by many as the man who refuses to dilute the art. When the major motion picture biography of Bruce Lee, "Dragon, the Bruce Lee Story" required an original instructor who had carried on the art of Jeet Kune Do just as Bruce Lee had taught, no more, no less, Jerry was there to bring Bruce and his martial art back to life through this ambitious film.
Until his passing in 2012, Sifu Poteet continued to teach Jeet Kune Do in his dedication to the irrevocable Bruce Lee, honoring the exactness of his teachings, to pass the flame on to those who seek the truth. To learn more about Sifu Poteet click here.