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Before his expression of JKD Bruce Lee started teaching students in Seattle modified Wing Chun. Original and modified Wing Chun techniques as well as principles can be found in JKD. Wing chun is well known for simultaneous blocking and striking, trapping, rapid vertical punches, a focus on using the shortest distance between two points and a strategy that includes controlling the center with constant forward pressure.

Kali/Silat uses empty hand strikes, off-balancing, kicks, punches, elbows, knees and nerve strikes. Specializing in close-quarter combat from a standing position, grounded, taking the attacker to the ground and using strikes, pressure points and joint locks. Kali/Silat systems are designed for multiple opponents and based from the principles of weapons.