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The Circle of Iron Martial Arts

Founder and Chief Instructor


Jimmy H. Strickland has over 25 years of experience training and teaching the Martial Arts. Strickland has studied the traditional fighting arts of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu as well as modern forms of combat such as Jeet Kune Do and American Kickboxing, receiving instruction directly from the legends of the Martial Arts.

The Circle of Iron Martial Arts Institute

The Circle of Iron Martial Arts Institute (formerly know as the Blue Ridge Kickboxing Association) is an institution dedicated to the development of the serious martial arts practitioner.  The curriculum of learning can be identified with the philosophy found in the motion picture Circle of Iron (1979).  This film was based upon the screenplay The Silent Flute;  a project created by Bruce Lee, actor James Coburn, and Academy Award winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant.  Coburn and Silliphant were private students of Bruce Lee, studying the art of Jeet Kune Do (the Way of the Intercepting Fist), a personal expression of  the martial arts  created by Lee himself.  The trio decided that they wanted to film the definite martial arts movie that would “…capture the soul of the fighting arts on celluloid, and would impart the message of the evolution of one man within the framework of the martial arts”.  According to Lee,  previous Hollywood films only “…highlighted the typical furniture-breaking stuff”, not once going into the true spirit of the martial arts.  The message that this film is clearly an extension of the teachings of Bruce Lee.  This motion picture, which was never completed by this famous threesome, was filmed some seven years or so later by producer/director Sandy Howard, and starred David Carradine and Jeff Cooper  in the principle roles.


Jimmy with the legends; Jhoon Ree Bill Wallace,

Joe Lewis, Ted Wong, Lamar Davis, Richard Bustillo





The Circle of Iron Philosophy


Like boxing or fencing, Jeet Kune Do is a step by step project in which each maneuver must be repeated many times.


There is nothing much in this art.  Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch.  Kick when you have to kick.


In Jeet Kune Do one does not accumulate but eliminates.  It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease.  The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.  It is the half-way cultivation that runs to ornamentation.


It is not how much one learns but how much one has absorbed in what he has learned.  The best techniques are the simple ones executed correctly. 

-Bruce Lee