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Richard Bustillo JKD Jeet Kune Do goes Military ( Military JKD )

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Bustillos teaching of Jeet Kune Do concepts was appplied to the Military CQB Application for Counter Terrorism Operations by Dr. Deepak Rao & Dr. Seema Rao, private students of GM Bustillo, to the second largest army in the world, the Ind ian Army.


Bustillo's students have taken his teachings to 15,000 soldiers from Special Forces, Paracommandos, Anti Terror Squads, National Security Forces, Marine Commandos, Airborne Commandos, Commando Wing, Co rps battle Schools and City & State Police forces from 1994-2009. They have been awarded Army Chief citation and Government of In dia Home Min istry commendation for their work in CQB modernization with Iron Dragon JKD.  


The Rao couple were graded JKD Full Instructors by Bustillo in 2010.


The Bustillo JKD CQB Concept was published by his students Drs. Rao for use of In dian Forces called ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CQB OPS in 2009. Another Book dedicated to GM Bustillo called The JKD Of MILITARY UNARMED COMBAT is published & the E book has been distributed free to the entire JKD fraternity and 20,000 martial artists all over the globe by the Raos. The Military version is classified, for use of Indian Military only. 


This book has been accepted into the Interpol Library by Secretary General & the FBI Library by FBI Director for their use in betterment of CQB-CT training (See Testimonials below)


Read the below testimony of the Rao couple in the JKD Journal owing gratitude to GM Bustillo for the Military JKD Concept teachings.

Bustillo JKD Concept Applied to Combat Shooting


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.

Contributed by

Dr. Komal                                                                            

Deputy director, Unarmed & Commando Combat Academy


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Bustillo Military JKD - Encyclopedia of CQB
Published for Use of Indian Army -Dr. Rao




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