It has been nearly four decades since
the martial arts world lost Bruce Lee. Since that time, no other martial art in history has been the subject of
so much controversy. Because of the instant association with Bruce Lee's fame, there are many who deliberately tried to attach
themselves to his personal martial style of Jeet Kune Do. At the same time, the original students of the late "little
Dragon" honored a covenant not to prostitute the art or seek the limelight by capitalizing on their association. Gradually,
more and more JKD stylists began appearing in magazines and teaching the public, some recognized, others not. As
the controversy and confusion surrounding JKD grew, the "old guard" felt forced to abandon their "code of silence" and come
forth to enforce Bruce Lee's original description of his Jeet Kune Do. Never has there been a more zealous protector of Bruce
Lee's legacy than Richard Bustillo, an original student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto's partner at their Filipino
Kali Academy in Torrance, California. He quickly became known for his warm sense of humor and, at the same time,
was the man one didn't cross. If he felt a person was unworthy or was abusing the knowledge taught at the academy,
that person was out. This earned him the nickname of "The iron man of JKD."
Richard Bustillo is a founding member of the Bruce Lee foundation & JKD Teacher to Brandon & Shannon Lee.