Jesse R. Glover first met Si-Jo Lee in 1959 while they were both students at Edison Technical School. The two became close friends and training partners. Lee taught Mr. Glover the inner mechanics of his mother art, Wing Chun so Lee could have someone who gave him a challenge. Glover was already a respected Judo champion and boxer who had won championship titles already (in Judo). Glover attended many demos with Lee and even served as his first unofficial assistant instructor. When Lee wrote his first book, Chinese Gung Fu, Glover aided in not only performing the techniques for the book but also helping create some of the throwing techniques for the project. Glover has released three books since Lee's death which include: "Bruce Lee: Between Wing Chun and Jeet Kune Do", "Bruce Lee's Non-Classical Gung Fu" and "Non-Classical Gung Fu". All of these books are an incredible read and contain vast amounts of amazing content in regards to Lee and his life in Seattle. Mr. Glover passed away in 2012 and is survived by his two daughters. His top student, simply known as “Wolfgang” is rumored to be the “heir” to Non-Classical Gung Fu.
Although Mr. Glover was one of the first people to write a book on his friendship with Bruce Lee, he was definitely a late comer when it came to magazine articles and interviews. Fortunately, he has made up for that gap in the 1990's and in the 2000's. Click here to read the available articles and or interviews with Jesse Glover.
The Jesse Glover Interview
Conducted By Paul Bax
When Bruce Lee was first asked to teach a fellow by the name of Jesse Glover he probably didn't think his first student would be his best. From the many conversations I have had with people over the years, I'm constantly hearing the same thing. Jesse Glover is the one man they would put their money on in a fight when it came down to who had the most practical fighting abilities, and killer instinct. In Glover's first interview ever in a martial arts publication, he talks about the Seattle years, and his training under his Sifu and friend, Bruce Lee.
YOU WERE LEE'S FIRST STUDENT AND TRAINING PARTNER. HOW DID YOUR TRAINING DIFFER FROM WHEN YOU WERE TRAINING PRIVATELY AS OPPOSED TO WHEN HE OPENED HIS FIRST SCHOOL?
JESSE GLOVER: Well after he opened his school he started to get pretty formal. When he first opened his school he was teaching each individual guy a different form of martial arts. He wanted to show the wide range of gung fu styles. When I learned from him it was one on one in the street, at school or in my living room. He taught me the Wing Chun forms, and we did Chi Sao right from the beginning. The people that came around later didn't learn like that, nor did they learn the same things either. Taky once told me that Bruce told him that he and I were the only ones who ever learned anything from him from the Seattle school. In class he didn't teach Chi Sao. He didn't teach a lot of things.
AT THE SEATTLE SCHOOL WAS IT A CONGLOMERATION OF ARTS?
JG: Well when Bruce first decided he wanted to open a school he was busy teaching each of his first members a different form of Gung Fu. We were going to put on different demonstrations, and that's how he was going to popularize it. They weren't (Bruce's students) particularly performing what Bruce did.
WAS BRUCE DISAPPOINTED YOU STOPPED COMING TO THE REGULAR CLASSES?
JG: I don't know. Every time I went around he was always friendly. He always told me where he was at, and what he was doing.
IF YOU COULD PICK THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE ABOUT
FIGHTING THAT BRUCE TAUGHT YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE?
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