|Grandmaster RSBustillo with his Supreme GM
|GM Cacoy Canete
S. Bustillo of the IMB Academy
By Salim Badat of South Africa July 2003
inform us of your martial arts background.
did you meet BRUCE LEE?
Bruce Lee at the 1964 International Karate Tournament in Long Beach, California.� In
1967 I was fortunate to be accepted as an original member in the first class at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in China Town,
Los Angles, California.
what stands out in your mind about him?
Lee was a one of a kind individual who is blessed with a God given gift of natural talent.�
There is no other that I've met to be well balanced in mental, spiritual and physical strength.� Bruce Lee had a positive aura about himself just as Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, and other individual
genius�s who break the barriers of their art.
tell us about the I.M.B.academy and the arts that are practiced?
stood for the original founders, Inosanto, Martinez, and Bustillo.
The acronym also means Individual, Mind, and Body. And, International Martial
arts Boxing. An acronym derived by fate and good fortune. The
Logo symbolizes the Trilogy of: "The dragon - the Internal
spirit - the higher power in you and I. The eagle represents our Mental attitude, as proud and good as a leader can be. The tiger signifies Body fitness with strength and courage too. Your life is what you make of it; it's really up to you.
But if you feel you're in a battle and there's a struggle deep within, let all three balance together because one alone just
A Trilogy Philosophy of: Black/Grey/White,
Heavy/Middle/Light, Hard/Firm/Soft, Long/Medium/Short, Offense/Defense/Counter. It expresses the Three combative Ranges: The
long-range weaponry of Eskrima/Kali/Arnis, the middle range strikes of Boxing/Muay Thai, and the close range grappling of
Wrestling/Jujitsu/Judo. It consists of the Three Phases of expertise: Phase 1: Beginning, Phase 2: Advanced, Phase 3: Instructor
level. The thorns symbolize every member's loyalty and dedication to protect the good name of the IMB Academy and it's goal
and purpose. IMB's goal is to encourage personal well-being to all mankind. Every individual, based on their abilities and
experience, has their own unique (Jeet Kune Do) way. IMB takes the position that, "These are some of our principles and concepts
that are practical, simple and direct." We supply you with the three basic ranges of various martial art disciplines. You
practice them on your own and you make your own decision on what best fits your needs. We don't want to teach you only martial
arts. We want you to be able to develop it. This is ultimately IMB's goal.
The challenges of every new day
motivates me to do better today than yesterday. I surround myself with what I love, whether it is; family, friends, students
music, hobbies, home, and whatever makes me happy and productive. The Spirit of Bruce Lee continues to be inspirational in
my daily motivation. There isn�t a day that goes by without me thinking of my family, friends, Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto,
Cacoy Canete, and others who motivated me.
is a typical day for you?
a typical weekday with a large glass of fruit or vegetable juice.�� I
spend about 1 of 2 hours on my personal workouts before teaching the 10 AM morning class.�
My biggest meal is lunch which is followed by catching up on office paper work.�
The afternoon class starts at 4 PM and the night classes ends at 10 PM.��
My day ends with green tea and email correspondence.� Weekends are not
a typical day.� Most time I'm on a seminar trip.�
Other times I�m on a Search & Rescue detail with the County of Los Angeles Sheriff Department, or officiating
Boxing and Muay Thai bouts, or leading the IMB Demonstration Team on special events, or riding on my Harley or scuba diving,
or spending valuable time kicking it at home or with family functions.
tell us about your longtime training partner and friend sifu Dan Inosanto.
is next to God.� I was very fortunate to have a friend, training partner, teacher
and compadre for twenty years.� He is one of the most kindest, generous and
honest person I have ever known.�� Dan is a walking martial arts encyclopedia.�� I have seen him sacrifice many times for the martial arts knowledge he has
acquired.� He lived martial arts 24 hours a day just as Bruce Lee and all the
other true martial arts legends have done.
jiujitsu has taken the martial arts world by storm.� Please tell
what makes this art such a formidable one?
call Brazilian jiujitus a formidable one.� It was certain individuals at the
right time and the right place to evolved martial arts to another era.�� The
martial arts have now evolved to wrestling or grappling.� Before this time it
was Muay Thai, Kali/Eskrima, Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Boxing etc.��� Jiujitsu
existed long before Judo became popular.�� We have to thank the Jiujitsu
from Brazilian for sharing their training program with the martial art community.
your teaching methodology different when teaching a seminar compared to teaching at the I.M.B.academy.
method at seminars and at the IMB Academy is the same.�� I teach the
3 combative ranges of Cacoy Dose Pares Eskimo, the Boxing/May Thai, the Jiu-jitsu/Wrestling with the Jeet Kune Do concepts,
principles and philosophies.�� The only difference is the element of
time.�� Seminars don't have the benefit of the repetition drills to ingrain
the muscle memory because of the limit block time and schedule.� The Academy
students have the benefit of daily training.
does JEET KUNE DO mean to you.
Do literally means "The Way of the Intercepting Fist". I have used this term to also mean intercepting a weapon strike, a
kick or a punch, and a grappling hold. A philosophy of JKD is to be your own best teacher, to evolve and develop to a higher
level and not be limited or bound, but to be a liberated individual free from restrictions. Bruce Lee's four personal combative
ranges are the kicking range, the striking range, the trapping range and the grappling range. I have developed my JKD to 3
combative ranges: The weapon range of Kali/Eskrima, the striking range Boxing/Muay Thai, and the standing/ground grappling
range Wrestling/Jiu-Jitsu. We spar to test one's skill in different ranges. ��My
3 IMB ranges are enhanced by the martial art principles, concepts, theories, and training methods of Bruce Lee.� Jeet Kune Do emphasizes that "The individual is more important than any established system or style."
tell us of the Filipino martial arts.
art of the Philippines is the best self-defense discipline when practicing with or without a weapon.� This method of training with a weapon builds strong confidence in an individual's mental, physical and
spiritual strength.� It gives the individual a psychological edge of understanding
the angles of attack for hand defense coordination against weapons.
comment on boxing as a martial art.
is my favorite martial art discipline.� Boxing will definitely test an individual�s
fighting spirit and physical ability.� It will help to enhance an individual�s
fear control, excitement and confidence. �Bruce Lee�s first class lesson
was boxing.� He wanted his students to understand real fighting by sparring
full contact with boxing.� As training progressed, the students began kick boxing
using full kicking contact as well as punching contact.� This was at a time
when tournaments and martial art training was to control a strike and no contact.
What are your opinion of no hold barred fighting?
mixed emotions on No Hold Barred events.� Even though I enjoy watching a good
fight, I don�t like seeing anyone develops permanent injuries or fatal accidents in NHB fights.� On the other hand, NHB competitors are practicing Jeet Kune Do.�
They are the individuals more important than any established style or system.�
Contestants use no set patterns nor forms or style.� They react and respond
naturally with punches or kicks or grappling.� This is a no thinking situation
but by reacting and feeling for your opponent�s weaknesses.� In Jeet
Kune Do we practice to be well round in all these combative ranges.
What are fighting spirit and is it something that can be developed?
spirit comes from within.� Some are born with a fighting heart.� Others must develop their fighting confidence to achieve a Fighting Spirit.� Fighting Spirit is having the will and desire to win.� Fighting
Spirit is a valuable tool to possess in business, sports, fitness and self-defense.
What do you perceive to be the future for martial arts?
dawn of time to the time of doom, Martial Arts will continue to develop and evolve for the better of mankind.� Because of our present world situation for safety, Martial Arts training starts with the individual.� Each student must find, develop and practice their own individual Jeet Kune Do.� I perceive the martial arts of the future to be cross training with or without weaponry.
are your future goals?
is now, the present time.� I have learned from my experiences in the past to
live in the present.� My future is what I am preparing and practicing at the
present time.� I will continue to share my martial art experiences with those
who believed in Bruce Lee�s Jeet Kune Do or to those who want to promote their better well being.� My future goal is also to continue good health, and to keep happiness and prosperity for my family, friends
concept of aliveness (training against a resisting opponent) has added A new dimension to my training, by showing me what
works and what do not. Please comment.
of training alive is to train with a sparring partner or training with moving equipment that works the negative attributes.� For instance, training on a heavy bag is positive offense training.� The heavy bag or a wing chun dummy does not strike back.� Training
with a partner who is moving in a sparring manner can feed the focus pads or Thai kick pads for punching, kicking, knees or
elbows. �Training defensive techniques are also positive when the training partner
moves in with offensive attacks.� This live training increases proper balance
to evade and strike back at any time.� Working on defensive techniques and counter
measures are best trained while training with sparring liveliness.� Training
on dead or stable equipment helps to increase speed, accuracy, power and form.� One
needs to balance both concepts of liveliness and static training.
are looking forward to having you in South Africa next year, is there anything that you would like to say to us regarding
I too am looking forward to my trip to South Africa. My goal in martial arts is to share my Bruce Lee experiences with those
who loved Bruce Lee, and to offer the IMB program for their personal well being.I believe that martial art is an empty box.It
remains empty unless you put in more than you take out. You are going one step further.You
are bringing us altogether to perpetuate martial arts in South Africa, and to contribute to each individuals needs. �Understanding is not enough. You must apply.Knowing is not enough.You
must do.Bruce Lee