While stationed in Taiwan in the 1960′s with the U.S.A.F. Tim Tackett began studying Kuo Shu [Kung Fu]. After his discharge in 1966 he enrolled in college at the University of California, Riverside campus and opened up a full time Kung Fu school in Redlands, CA.
In 1967 Tim saw Bruce Lee demonstrate JKD at Ed Parker’s tournament in Long Beach, CA and wanted to start studying with him right on the spot, but he soon realized that he would not have enough time until after he finished college.
After receiving his M.F.A. he began teaching drama in high school. Soon after, on the recommendation of Dan Lee, Tim sought out Dan Inosanto. Dan had opened up a backyard Jeet Kune Do school after Bruce Lee had closed his L.A. Chinatown school shortly before moving to Hong Kong to star in The Big Boss.
The class consisted of about 10 students including Bob Bremer, Dan Lee, Richard Bustillo, Jerry Poteet, and Pete Jacobs. Later Chris Kent, Ted Lucay, and Jeff Imada joined a second class.
In 1973, Dan Inosanto honored Tim Tackett with the rank of Senior First and he was given permission to have a small Jeet Kune Do group, and has continued to teach JKD to a select number of students in his garage and in seminars worldwide.