Teacher, Personal Development Specialist, Author, Public Speaker
Personal Liberation represents the distilled fruits of what for me has been a life-long labor of love. I've devoted over four decades of my life and invested a great deal of time and energy in developing my expertise in this field, working diligently to broaden my understanding of Bruce Lee's philosophy and seeking out fresh applications of it. And I have distilled what I've gleaned from my years of training and learning down to its essence in order to share it with others."
Chris Kent, founder of Personal LiberationTM, is not only one of the world's foremost experts on Bruce Lee's martial art known as Jeet Kune Do, but also on his philosophy of self-actualization and personal liberation. Having spent over 47 years deeply immersed in Lee's art and philosophy, Chris is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on Jeet Kune Do, and has gained international recognition for his knowledge and leadership in perpetuating the art, training methods, and philosophy developed by Lee.
As a teacher and professional consultant, Chris has traveled the world, teaching and sharing the benefit of his expertise in Bruce Lee’s art and philosophy with thousands of people.
As a Personal Development Specialist, Chris helps individuals seeking personal growth and personal excellence to discover (and in some cases, re-discover) their own potential and actualize it. Through assisting them in cultivating a new philosophical framework if necessary, developing the necessary tools, and establishing a brand new outlook on life, his goal is to help them achieve liberation of body, mind and spirit.
An accomplished writer and author, in his ground-breaking book, “LIBERATE YOURSELF! - How To Think Like Bruce Lee” and it's companion resource guide, "LIBERATE YOURSELF! - How To Think Like Bruce Lee Workbook" Chris shares with the public for the first time not only the fundamental tenets of Lee’s philosophy of self-actualization and personal liberation, but also offers personal insights as well as simple and concrete examples on how individuals can apply the same principles in their own personal and professional life.
In addition to LIBERATE YOURSELF! and The Personal Liberation Action Notebook, Chris has authored 3 of the highest rated technical books on Jeet Kune Do: "The Encyclopedia of Jeet Kune Do", "Jeet Kune Do - The Textbook", and "Jeet Kune Do Kickboxing." He has also both written for and appeared in numerous martial art publications both nationally and internationally including Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Art Masters, Budo International, Combat and Martial Arts Illustrated. Chris has also written and produced three series of JKD training videotapes and DVDs which are rated as among the best in the industry.
Working in the field of sports and athletics, Chris has served as a training consultant to professional sports teams including the San Francisco 49er's. He has also worked with many law enforcement personnel and has been extensively involved in the field of executive security.
“For four decades, Chris Kent has immersed himself in the martial arts education founded by my late husband, Bruce Lee. In addition to being highly skilled in the technical aspects of Jeet Kune Do, Chris is an excellent teacher and has a firm grasp of martial arts philosophy and its practical application."
Linda Lee Cadwell
Bruce Lee's wife/widow
“Chris Kent is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Jeet Kune Do instructors in the world.”
Bruce Lee’s close friend and last private student
“Never content to blindly accept only one source of information on Jeet Kune Do, Chris Kent has spent decades researching the history, art, science and philosophy of Bruce Lee’s art and studying under only the most qualified and authentice practitioners. His keen mind, coupled with his insightful and dedicated approach to training, have resulted in the cultivation of awesome physical skills, and made him one of the foremost authorities on Jeet Kune Do in the world.”
World-renowned fitness author, filmmaker, former Bruce Lee archivist and biographer
“Chris Kent is a descendant of the Bruce Lee legacy, and an instructor whom I consider to be an unquestionable disciple who will do his part to ensure that Bruce Lee’s art will not become distorted and lost in the future.”
Bruce Lee’s senior-most student and oldest friend
“I have first hand experience of the personal liberation that comes from JKD. Bruce Lee’s focus and dedication to the advancement of his art, both physically and philosophically, lives on undiminished in the work of my teacher, Chris Kent. His ability to clearly and practically communicate Lee’s ideas stems from his extensive access to Bruce Lee’s personal writings combined with his four decade’s long commitment to learning. His teaching has had a profound effect on my life. As a surgeon at a trauma hospital, I deal with daily stress and conflict and can say without qualification that I now handle situations with more equanimity and better grace."
Ann-Marie Yost, MD