Sifu Hartsell came into Bruce Lee's school
as a man with a black belt in Judo and over 10 years
of experience in grappling as well as a strong foundation in the striking arts that began in 1961 with
his training in Kenpo Karate under Edmond Parker, Sr. Shortly after receiving his black belt rank
from Parker, Hartsell spent time in the Army including combat in Vietnam, where he served with the
elite military police. Hartsell, already an accomplished Judo man, Larry enjoyed sparring with
soldiers from the elite South Korean ROK division stationed nearby. Upon his return to this country
he enrolled in Bruce Lee's Chinatown school in Los Angeles. It was at this school that Hartsell
began his thirty five years of training under Guro Dan Inosanto, which he continues to this day.
Hartsell's training under Bruce Lee continued with Private instruction at Bruce Lee's home in Bel
It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee broke combat down into the
four ranges of Kicking, Boxing, Trapping and Grappling. 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. At the time of Bruce Lee's untimely death there were only 33 formal techniques in the
grappling range. As the final and closest range there was much research to do in this range and Hartsell
has continued his research into this area with various discrete techniques that now form the core of Jun
Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling.
Larry Hartsell's skill in hand-to-hand combat, his weapons training and his development of techniques in
the grappling range led to a wide and varied range of professional experiences. With his training under
Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under
Dan Inosanto, Hartsell has been in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities like Mr. T of
the A-Team fame, and as a trainer for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition
to this he has taught classes at his own schools as well as at the Inosanto Academy, and has offered
self defense and combat courses for the elite Navy Seals and police officers through various colleges,
agencies and elite law enforcement training programs.
Hartsell has authorized several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling. "Entering to Trapping To Grappling
and Takedowns, Counters, and Reversals." In addition he has seven internationally distribute videotapes on the grappling
and combative arts. These books, videotapes and his skill in the grappling arts have resulted in Hartsell being listed
in the "Who's Who in Martial Arts" and cover shots with numerous feature articles in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt,
Martial Arts Training, Inside Karate, Australian Fighting Arts, and many others.
Hartsell is the man Dan Inosanto described as "One of the premier Jeet Kune Do fighters of our time." Currently Hartsell
has focused his efforts on the development of the Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association. With the tremendous rise in the
popularity of the grappling arts it has become paramount to Hartsell to demonstrate to martial artists the fact that
Jeet Kune Do has had a strong emphasis on the grappling range. Hartsell over the past thirty years has produced an
extensive development of the grappling arts. The Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association currently has 22 United States
and 17 International Representatives Worldwide.