JKD GOES MILITARY !
Two Close Quarter Battle
Specialists, Dr. Deepak Rao & Dr. Seema Rao have been training Indian Forces since 1994 in Close Combat Ops. They have been involved in researching, innovating and modernizing the Counter terror training. They were
graced by the Army Chief citation in 2001 & in 2005 for their research.
The doctor couple derive
inspiration from their Teacher, Sifu Richard Bustillo. They have been ardent Jeet Kune Do enthusiasts and martial artists
since decades. Their intense desire to be associated with Bruce Lee’s JKD was satisfied when Richard Bustillo took them
as his private students. While teaching the Raos the skills of Bruce Lee’s art, he kept the emphasis on the defining
concepts of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. He groomed the Rao’s in the JKD CONCEPTS of Researching the subject at hand, Absorbing the useful while Rejecting the limitations and finally assimilating it into your situation and Tailor making it to your requirement. He taught them
that simplicity as in fewer resources, directness and efficiency may be used to decide what is useful and reject what is a
limitation, in order to innovate the traditional practices as and when they fail.
The Rao couple took Bustillos
teaching seriously. They applied it to their work for the Indian forces. They began researching the conventional WW2 methods
of Close Quarter Battle with a newer perspective. The Jeet Kune Do perspective. They started researching the existing methodology
of Close Combat, especially the Unarmed Combat and the Combat shooting methodology.
In Unarmed combat, they devised
the Bison System – The JKD of Military Unarmed Combat based upon the Bustillo JKD Concepts –
they made the Bison system cater to JKD features applied to Military scenario - a) The Art catered to no height, weight or age category
b) techniques were aimed at termination or crippling vital targets –efficiency c) techniques were simple, few in number,
easy to learn d) The Art was principle based, allowing every individual to modify it to his
advantage and constitution.
On the combat shooting front, they extensively applied Jeet Kune Do to the modern day CQB Shooting scenario for
CT – Counter Terror Operations. They wondered why the Rifle was raised from below upwards for aligning the butt with the firer’s
shoulder during snap shooting, using open mindedness.
The directness principle was violated.
Instead they experimented with lowering the Rifle from above, moving in a shorter arc (economy of movement) using gravity, rather than opposing it (fluidity). They advocated aiming only with the foresight at close quarters
as opposed to aiming with foresight & hindsight (simplicity – fewer resources). They perfected the newer JKD shooting method by working on finer aspects
and specifications of the technique. Via scientific trials they demonstrated that the JKD method produces faster reaction
time while not compromising on precision (effectivity).
Then started the colossal
task of convincing the Indian forces of the efficiency and benefits of this method (Non Traditional / Non Conditional). They worked with many elite Indian forces
endlessly, proving their point. They trained about 15,000 soldiers from the Indian forces over 17 years. All of the Raos work
was done without compensation, as a Selfless service to their country.
During the process, Dr.
Deepak dislocated his knee and was bedridden for almost six months. He was encouraged by his Teacher, Richard Bustillo, to
not give up, and work towards recovery. Sifu Bustillo would e mail him every day, call up a few times and keep motivating
him. Due to this never ending encouragement, Dr. Rao recovered and was back into the training arena. At other times, the resistance
of the system to change was overwhelming. The Rao couple were beginning to give up, having lost all hope, facing loads of resistance to their innovation. But Sifu Bustillo would urge them to stand up and keep fighting.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, he would say and the Raos kept walking.
Ultimately, the Forces top brass
ordered a systematic study into their technique. Finally under directive of the Forces Commanders, the Rao’s JKD technique
of Reflex Shooting and other CQB innovations was incorporated into the official Counter Terror Training curriculum in 2006-7.
The Raos received the World Peace Diplomat Award from the World Peace Congress 2008 at the hands of the Malaysian Prime Minister
in recognition of their selfless service.
The Rao’s JKD applications to Close quarter battle skills
resulted in the art “ACCS- Advanced Commando Combat System” The Unarmed
combat component of which is known today as the Bison System.The Raos
then incorporated their research into their book “Encyclopaedia of Close Combat Ops”. They produced this book
using all the money they had earned over the years. This book was gifted to the Indian Forces. The Home Minister of India
felicitated the Rao couple for their work and ordered distribution of the Raos research book to its every force in the country.
The Rao’s book was accepted and appreciated by the Queen of UK-Buckingham Palace, Office of the Interpol Secretary General
& the FBI Director and placed in their libraries. The book is currently being distributed to all major Law enforcement
agencies in all major cities of the USA & the world by the Rao’s, for their benefit, without any charges or compensation,
as a service to the international LE community, to aid the fight against terror.
Today the torch of Bruce
Lees Jeet Kune Do is carried by a few good men. Sifu Richard Bustillo, the Iron Dragon of JKD, continues to educate his students
worldwide in Jeet Kune Do. His second generation JKD instructors like the Rao’s
have taken Bustillo Jeet Kune Do and applied it to many aspects of life. The Raos stand testimony to Bustillo JKD touching
the military in every facet of Close Quarter Battle.
Close combat ops will
never be the same, it will continue to evolve in its global fight against terror. In every bullet that finds its place in
the terrorist heart, the Iron Dragons JKD will make its mark.
Deputy director, Unarmed & Commando Combat Academy
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