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  • 50 years teaching experience in the martial arts and combat training

  • Internationally certified Grandmaster, 10th Degree Black Belt
  • Founder, Jeet Kune Do Association
  • Founder, SDS and JKD training facilities across the US and Internationally
  • Founder, SDS Homeland Combatives - CQC Military Martial Arts Training
  • International Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Former Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  • NCIS In-service Training Coordinator & Senior Instructor, Southeastern US Area
  • Past Senior Police Defense Tactics Instructor, State of Oklahoma
  • Ex-Chief of Police of two cities in Oklahoma
  • Former Agent, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
  • US Navy, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran, 1965-1972

Gary Dill Teaching JKD-1973

Gary Dill with Sifu James Yimm Lee at the Oakland, CA JKD School-Late 1972

Gary Dill Demonstrating JKD


Professor Gary Dill has the rare honor of being one of the few original students who trained in one of Bruce Lee's three JKD schools while Bruce was still alive and heading up the JKD training program.  The Oakland, California School where Dill learned JKD, was known as: "THE JKD FIGHTING SCHOOL."  Dill has been teaching Jeet Kune Do for over 40 years, and is considered by many to be a nationally known authority in JKD today.  He has written numerous articles concerning JKD for "Black Belt," "Inside Kung Fu," and other martial arts magazines.  He has also authored a JKD training manual, and produced a comprehensive collection of JKD home study training videos that are the sole possession Self Defense International and The Jeet Kune Do Association.

 JKD from THE ORIGINAL Oakland JKD Student

Gary Dill / Jill Hernandez


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