Do you need one ?
This is the question I have been asked today my answer is: NO, I don´t NEED one
do I want one ? well by ONE what do you mean ? in my eyes there is only one possible certificate in JKD and it is the Instructor certificate but it is hard to get and it should be ! If I get good enough to deserve one of those it would mean something to me of course.
But nowadays I see all kind of ranking in JKD , did we forget what Bruce said ?
The legacy that Ted is trying to keep ?
“KEEP THE NUMBERS LOW AND THE LEVEL HIGH ”
( and don´t get me started on those who are making a business out of it!)
The question here is why do I train JKD ?
It started because I always wanted to train JKD, because it was Bruce Lee´s style, because there are hardly any women training proper TWJKD nowadays and because of the opportunity I was given .
But it went deeper when I met Micke. He taught me another way of thinking, another approach and I became another person. It is all about my personal achievement, I don´t need to tell people , to try to explain, this is personal and private because JKD changed my life, changed me. I believe I became a better person and I feel I have achieved something, I am proud of it and I do not need a certificate to prove it to myself.
There is no certification or ranking in JKD, some students better than others , this kind of competition is banned from our group. We train together as equals not towards certification but towards personal achievements .
The only thing I need is to train more in order to get better, I want to be a good JKD fighter, I need to feel I am good, this is what I need because JKD is for me a way of Life.