Jeet Kune Do - Kali/Escrima

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Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
- Bruce Lee


- Bio & References -

I began my Martial Arts journey in 1973 in Tuscon Arizona by studying Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate. After some years in that system I eventually earned a black belt. At this point I chose to spend some time away from Kenpo to look at other Arts, to see what they had to offer.

While researching different methods I found Jeet Kune Do (JKD). I started my JKD training in Los Angeles in 1987 with Sifu Steve Grody (Originally under Guro Dan Inosanto, 1st generation LA Chinatown student of Bruce Lee) and studied with him privately for 5 years.

At this point I began to work with Sifu Chris Kent (Also originally under Guro Dan Inosanto) and studied in his JKD and Kali/Escrima group classes until he left Los Angeles in 1997, at which time I received my instructor-ship from him in JKD and Kali/Escrima .

Around this time a small informal group was formed consisting of students originally from Sifu Chris's advanced class. We met twice a week to train, experiment, research and test theories. Since most of the group had studied various arts over the years, we all brought something different to look at and play with. Sifu Chris would come back over the years to visit or train and frequently would put on a 1 or 2 day seminar for the group and our students.

In early 1999 I was invited into a small group headed by Sifu Pete Jacobs (1st Generation LA Chinatown student of Bruce Lee) and trained with him until late 2013.

Over the years since I began my JKD training I've had the great fortune to have been able to study with many of Bruce Lee's 1st and 2nd generation students, each representing either the Seattle, Oakland or LA Chinatown School eras. They all have different pieces of the puzzle to offer.

With 40+ years of martial arts training experience I bring an approach that is based on the most simple, direct and economical way to deal with a situation. I believe the training methodology must closely represent realistic circumstances. My main interest is in the practical application of JKD principles and scientific analysis of the physics of motion.

Listed below are some of the Magazine Articles, Books and Videos that I've been involved with over the past years.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Jeff Scharlin

  • Mens Journal (Sept 2003, Pg.82) - Photos
    Article: Four Martial Arts That Can Save Your Life
  • Inside Kung-Fu (May 2003, Pg.58)
    Article: The 5 Disarms of Kali-Escrima
  • Filipino Martial Arts (Aug 2001, Pg.96)
    Article: Defanging The Snake
  • Bruce Lee Magazine (April 2001, Pg.10)
    Article: Do's & Don'ts Of Women's Self Defense
  • Inside Kung-Fu (Feb 2001, Pg.58)
    Article: Defending Against Common Knife Attacks
  • Bruce Lee: The JKD Legacy (Oct 2000)
    Article: JKD Grappling (Pg.60)
    Article: The Finger Jab (Pg.67)
  • Martial Arts Super Stars (Aug 2000)
    Article: Sparring Drills (Pg.22)
    Article: JKD: A Women's Best Friend (Pg.42)
  • Inside Kung-Fu (April 2000, Pg. 54)
    Article: Jeet Kune Do's Filipino Connection
  • Martial Arts Legends Presents: Jeet Kune Do (March 2000)
    Article: Straight Talk About The Straight Blast (Pg.26)
    Article: Putting Your Best Side Foward (Pg.94)
  • Inside Kung-Fu (Jan 2000, Pg. 64 )
    Article: Is Jeet Kune Do Trapping Obsolete?




  • Jeet Kune Do from A to Z with Chris Kent (1999)
    A five tape companion series to the Jeet Kune Do From A to Z books
    (Assisted with script supervision & demonstrations)


For more information contact Jeff Scharlin
Certified Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali-Escrima
(Mobile) 310-699-2912 or

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