Martial Artist, Los Angeles Jeet Kune Do student of Bruce Lee, pioneer of Jeet Kune Do Grappling, founder of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do. Combining the knowledge in the arts of grappling and submission alongside the skill of trapping and the striking arts, Sifu Larry Hartsell took these arts into a. Larry Hartsell & JKD Grappling. “ Reject what is useless; Research your own experience; Add what is. specifically your own” – Bruce Lee. Larry Hartsell took.

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The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell.

Hartsell continued his training with Dan Inosanto for next past 35 years. Larry was one of the forerunners to the MMA scene we see today, but as Larry himself was quick to say, he was only a part of it and often talked in detail and admiration about many instructors who he saw as great innovators.

Rest In Peace Sifu. Please contact us here on our contact page or call us at This, combined with his notoriety had put him in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities such as Mr. Hartsell’s research of techniques resulted in additions and innovations to the grappling that now forms the core of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling system.

With his training under Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under Dan Inosanto. It comes as no surprise that Larry was to take the lead in teaching the grappling skills of Jeet Kune Do and this is one of the areas that Larry trained privately with Bruce Lee between and Larry’s Quotes “I always encourage students to attend any seminars they want.

In fact Bruce had become very interested in the grappling arts and had sought instruction from some of the top guys in grappling of the day. As a long time practitioner of the martial arts – most notably Jeet Kune Do – Hartsell was one of the first in the United States to embrace and train in Shoot Wrestling when it was introduced at the Inosanto Academy.


His training included private lessons at the Bel Air home of Bruce Lee. Hartsell has offered self defense and combat courses for the Navy Seals and police officers through various colleges, agencies and law enforcement training programs. From a seminar in the ‘s. Students like Sifu Leif T. Larry Hartsell began his martial arts training in Kenpo karate with Ed Parker in Furthermore, Larry was utilizing and teaching functional grappling before most was aware there was a difference.

He obtained a degree in criminology as well as years of law enforcement experience. As the final and closest range there was much research to do in this range and Hartsell has continued hartsel research into this area with various discrete techniques that now form the core of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling.

We feel that change is latry by constantly searching for ways to improve ones martial arts abilities and update training methods.

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During those years the fighting structure was modified and geared towards the art of grappling and submission. Knowing the importance roll-conditioning and physical fitness play in the complex game of survival in the martial arts, Larry incorporates the proven methods of the past alongside the cutting edge techniques of the future”.

Larry never talked a lot about this period of his life and sometimes even came across as harttsell little embarrassed about the things that he had done during this time.

Larry Hartsell Biography

When it comes to knowledge, you owe allegiance only to yourself. Hartsell has authorized several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling.

During this period Larry tried and tested many of the skills he had learnt and was always looking for the opportunity to test out those skills. Having both respect and most often a deep knowledge of the history and techniques of various grappling systems it comes as no surprise that students all over the world sought out his expertise in the grappling arts.


At the time of Bruce Lee’s untimely death there were only 33 formal techniques in the grappling range.

This says a lot about the lead Larry had in his training and conceptual development. Beware of other organizations illegitimately claiming to represent Larry Hartsell and his teachings. Larry continued to research and train in many different styles and after he left the army had some wilder years working as a bouncer and Deputy Sheriff where he had many fighting encounters.

Quick Contact Your message was not sent There was an error in the form! After returning from the war, he continued training at Bruce Lee’s school under the guidance of both Bruce Lee and his senior instructor Dan Inosanto. This is where he met his long-term instructor Dan Inosanto with whom he trained to the day he died. Weapons and Empty Hands.

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Rest in peace Sifu This relentless search becomes a life journey of investigating and training in various martial arts styles and systems. Become a member of the JFJKDGA and join a community of like-minded martial artists training for simple and effective self-defense skills.

To the day larrry died Larry was teaching and practicing in the arts that he loved and was a constant inspiration to his students and friends. The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell.