Jeet Kune Do Concepts - Martial ArTS TRAINING

Richard began his martial arts journey in 1991 when he found and started training in a Street Self Defense system under the guidance of a martial artist by the name of John Mitchell. Several years later he received Instructor Certification in Jeet Kune Do Concepts under Sifu John Lopez who trained under Paul Vanuk and recently received JKD Instructor certification from Sifu Joaquim Almeria, who trained under Dan Inosanto. Mr. Johns has had to use what he was taught in several confrontations, including a life and death situation in which a convenient store clerk was stabbed in the neck and the assailant then tried to stab Mr. Johns. He survived the attack without being harmed by using the training he had received. He has also had the privilege to train with Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee’s first student, James DeMile, one of Bruce Lee’s original students and Steve Smith Inheritor of the styles of Fook Yueng. Fook Yueng was a mentor/instructor of Bruce Lee from 1959 to about 1966. Richard was also a member in Larry Hartsells Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association - Instructor Association until his passing.

Bruce Lee's personal quote: "Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.

The style “Yuan San Jiao Do” (圆形和三角形的路径) meaning the “Way of Triangles and Circles” Richard teaches is different from traditional styles as it is based on simplicity. Richard believes simplicity is the key to all things. You use a simple, straight, direct approach to the attack and your opponent’s energy, coupled with your own energy to stop the attack and then get to safety. We are not teaching someone to stand at the end of the day with a referee raising their hand, we are teaching people to survive an attack on the street and then go home at the end of the day. Simple straight forward moves are used based on Jeet Kune Do. The training is based on each students strengths and weaknesses. As Jesse Glover stated to Richard. “Each person has their own mini system and uses what works for them. Their students will do the same”. The crest represents the movements of circles, the attack and deflection of attack with triangles, with Jeet Kune do Concepts at the core.

This system taught is designed for urban/street tactical defense in an environment where there are no rules, such as in the street. Unlike traditional martial arts we do not train people for competitions and trophies. We train them to be able to defend themselves from any kind of attack using whatever means necessary. We use street based scenarios so the students are use to this way of thinking. The students can use as little or as much force to protect themselves. Whether a simple turn and push to stop an intoxicated person, who can barely stand, from trying to grab them, to a pressure point to incapacitate someone or use of deadly force to stop a person who has a knife or gun trying to kill them. We were taught the philosophy "I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6". These are hostile times we live in so we must be able to walk down the street and feel confident that we can protect ourselves.

In the course of Mr Johnsí law enforcement and security career he has had to use the techniques that are taught, in actual hostile situations, where a person has tried to assault him, used a weapon and even threatened to kill him . He has exe- cuted these moves quickly and effectively, so he knows what he teaches in this system does work. He has had people from Canada, the United States, Rio de Janeiro and as far away as England, Zimbabwe, Africa and Baghdad, Iraq interested in his training methods.

To teach the best you need to train with the best

 JKD Attributes
Jeet Kune Do (截拳道) is a hybrid martial arts system and life philosophy founded
by Bruce Lee with direct, non classical and straightforward movements. Due to the
way his style works we believe in minimal movement with maximum effect and
extreme speed

  • Primarily based on a Fencing / Western boxing structure. Centerline principle and streamlined hand immobilization added from Wing Chun.
  • Specific footwork, (a fencing / boxing hybrid,) and tools (Taught by Bruce and fit the structure).
  • Emphasis on intercepting.
  • Scientific, streamlined, efficient and direct, (closest tool to nearest target).
  • Strong side forward.
  • Primary use of lead hand and lead leg.
  • Five methods of attacks.
  • Primarily a street art. (Although can very easily be applied in the ring).
  • “Add specifically what is your own,” (without permanently changing the foundational structure
  • “Express yourself!” (Do what is most efficient for you at each moment).
  • Able to fight / Combat, in four general ranges. Punching range, kicking range, trapping range, and ground fighting
  • You MUST be “In the Water!” (Live drills and sparring).

Richard training with Jesse Glover
Bruce Lee's first student
  Richard training with James DeMile
One of Bruce Lee’s original students
Back row:
Jesse Glover,
Bruce Lee,
Skip Ellsworth,
Tak Miyabe

Front row:
James DeMile,
Leroy Garcia,
Taky Kimura

James DeMile training with Bruce Lee
Jesse Glover
training with
Bruce Lee
Dan Inosanto
training with
Bruce Lee
Paul Vunak
training with
Dan Inosanto
Sifu John Lopez
Founder of
Survival Solutions
Sifu Lopez
receiving his
instructor certification
from Paul Vunak
Paul Vunak
training U.S.
Navy Seals
Picture signed and given to Richard by
Sifu Joaquim Almeria
Joaquim Almeria and Dan Inosanto training
Joaquim Almeria and Richard training
Joaquim Almeria and Richard training
To view Joaquim Almeria Video Click on Link Below Joaquim Almeria Video

The International Jeet Kune Do Association (IJKDA) is an organization dedi- cated to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts, training and fighting methods. Our goal is to unite students and instructors who want to develop into highly trained, highly skilled Instructors of Jeet Kune Do. Therefore, this is primarily an Instructor/Instructor Trainee organization. It is also open for general support membership for those who aren't interested in becoming Instructors.

The Association's goals are:

  • To maintain the heritage and integrity of both Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do.
  • To help the art of Jeet Kune Do grow and flourish.
  • To establish and rigorously uphold high standards of quality and practice in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali/Escrima with regards to teaching and practice of the arts, and the dissemination of information about the arts through articles, videos, or other media sources.
  • To promote and encourage the general public's knowledge and awareness of Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do.
  • To help individuals achieve personal excellence in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali/Escrima.

What is so unique about the IJKDA system? The Base program we use and teach is a variation of Paul Vunak's Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT). We also use curriculum from John Lopez's "Survival Solutions". Thus we in turn call our system "Xtreme Solutions" or "Xtreme JKD" (both names are interchangeable) as it is only the leanest meanest aspects of JKD, used to terminate a fight instantly! We also believe in the full development of an individuals attributes and the personalization of their Jeet Kune Do. We are a very physical association and consider ourselves "combative" by nature!

The Association's president and Founder is Ronald L Casto. Mr. Casto is certified as a Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu John Lopez (under Guru Dan Inosanto). He is a Master Level Instructor in Jeet Kune Do with the World Black Belt Alliance International. He had the pleasure of training with other greats such as Sifu Steve Golden and Larry Hartsell (two of Bruce Lee's original students), and trained extensively with Chris Kent (one of Dan Inosanto's top students). Mr. Casto has also had the privilege of spending quality time with Linda Lee Cadwell (Bruce Lee's Widow) reviewing Bruce's work and research. Much of this material has never been seen by the rest of the world