As I wrote before we have a new member in our team Mikael Göransson is a swedish actor, we had only one short session with him but it definetely shows he has trained JKD before, we are happy to welcome him in our team and look forward to next session.
Here is a presentation of himself.
“In 1988, I was admitted at the Institute for the Performing Arts. I had, without really knowing what I was getting into, applied for a three months course at their theater in Pontremoli. Pontremoli is a small village in Tuscany, 8000 inhabitants and a small theater from 1700. It was the Institute for the Performing Arts to.
Before I started, I was an uncompromising pacifist. Violence was never acceptable, at any level, even in martial arts. So when I saw the schedule contained Kung Fu and Tai Chi, I was worried but figured that I could just stay away from those classes.
When I got home from Italy, I was surprised to think that Kung Fu might have been most instructive. I returned to the Institute and attended a one-year program. Among other things, I was tempted to learn more kung Fu.
Kung Fu was taught as a reference work to acting. There are numerous interesting comparisons to do. For example, to prepare for a situation that will occur later. Training the tools so they should be as sharp as possible, so once you are in the situation you should not have to think, just react as adequately as possible.
Our teacher Ingemar Lindh, often referred to Bruce Lee, not primarily as an actor, but as a martial artist. I often say that what Bruce did for martial arts, Ingemar Lindh did for acting. It is obviously not true because my teacher in no way had the same impact as Bruce Lee. My teacher had a bit of the same attitude to his art. Remove the excess, take away all superstition and all the ideas and use what actually works, investigate what actually an actor does and what his tools really are.
Back home in Sweden again, I tried to find a kung Fu class that I would feel comfortable in, but it would take until 2005 before I got the idea to investigate whether there was an opportunity to practice JKD. Then I took a summer course in Bredäng. Before that I started to see Bruce Lee’s movies, movies about Bruce and read the books I came across. The more I read the more I was able to find clues for my work as an actor. Then life occured and JKD was resting again, until now.
Again, Bruce Lee, an inspiration to find myself perhaps. Among all the books I read, one made me feel disappointed in Bruce. In retrospect, I realized that it was because he suddenly appeared as a man and it showed that even Bruce had flaws, some pages that I might not necessarily found inspiring. Nowadays, I think it was another lesson for me. Bruce Lee is an inspiration because he was not a “perfect” man. Right now he is an inspiration because he shows me that I do not need, cannot and should not try to achieve an image of a perfect human being.”
Thank you Mikael for your participation in my blog.
For more information about Mikael visit his website: http://mikaelg.se/Mikael_Goransson_Skadespelare/Valkommen.html