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Carrying on the legacy of Bruce Lee and his 1st generation students is the primary goal of the JKD Legacy Academy. We offer respect and admiration for all of Bruce Lee’s students and martial artists of all styles, regardless of rank, affiliation or politics. We believe the path of JKD is a personal journey open to one’s own interpretation.

We also offer the deepest respect to Bruce Lee’s family for sharing Bruce’s life and teachings with the world through the amazing work of the Bruce Lee Family Company.

This is the legacy we represent, and we invite you to become part of it. Join us and embark on your own path through Jeet Kune Do with the JKD Legacy Academy.

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27/11/40- 20/07/73 RIP
Sijo Bruce Lee
The creator and founder of Jeet Kune Do, (The Way Of The Intercepting Fist).

Having dedicated his life to the practice of martial arts and the study of both philosophy and combat sports, Bruce Lee founded Jeet Kune Do in July of 1967. This unique blend of direct and explosive strikes, coupled with his philosophy of having “No limitation as limitation”, allowed Bruce to create a non-classical approach to the study of martial arts. Bruce Lee’s influence on martial arts is undeniable and many have credited him with inspiring today’s mixed martial arts (MMA). After the sudden passing of Bruce Lee on the 20th of July in 1973, Bruce Lee’s students, were left to carry on his JKD legacy and share his teachings with the world. 











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Sigung Ricardo Vargas

The founder of the JKD Legacy Academy and second-generation student of Bruce Lee, Sigung Ricardo Vargas, has dedicated his life to the study and teaching of Jeet Kune Do. Growing up on the dangerous streets of Bogota, Sigung Vargas quickly learned the value of a strong mindset built on discipline and dedication through his martial arts practice.

He sought out training in many different disciplines before making the pilgrimage to America, being accepted by the 1st generation Bruce Lee student, Sifu Jerry Poteet. Gaining the rank of instructor under Sifu Poteet, Sigung Vargas sought to continue his exploration of JKD by enrolling as a student under, Sigung Richard Bustillo. The pair became close friends over five years of gruelling training and on the 17th of February 2015 Sigung Vargas was certified as a full instructor by Sigung Bustillo, making him one of only a few second generation JKD instructors certified by not one, but two of Bruce Lee’s original students.

Sigung Vargas’ extensive training, combined with a master’s degree in philosophy and theology, has allowed him to develop his unique teaching method and curriculum to carry on the legacy of Jeet Kune Do. Having moved from his first school in Colombia to Australia in August 2010, Sigung Vargas opened the first Australian school dedicated solely to Jeet Kune Do.

The Ricardo Vargas Jeet Kune Do Adelaide Kwoon, established on the 11th May 2011, paved the way for JKD’s resurgence in Australia. Now based in Melbourne, Sigung Vargas has opened his Melbourne Kwoon, The JKD Legacy Academy and continues to share Bruce Lee’s legacy with a new generation of students.

As a Martial Arts Instructor, in 2013, Vargas was awarded with the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year, under the International Martial Arts Council of America.

The amazing health benefits that Vargas’ students and corporate clients are obtaining from his mentoring have been featured several times in Colombian and Australian media:




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