"You will never learn anything new unless you are ready to accept yourself with your limitations," Bruce answered. "You must accept the fact that you are capable in some directions and limited in others, and you must develop your capabilities." "But ten years ago I could easily kick over my head," I said. In my view, Bruce was a perfect physical specimen and I said so. "But the fact still remains that my real competition is the advancing years." "Stop comparing yourself at forty-five with the man you were at twenty or thirty, Bruce answered. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice." For the next few months, instead of spending time trying to get limber enough to kick over my head, I worked on my waist-high kicks until they satisfied even Bruce. "Well, I'm limited by my size and difficulty in English and the fact that I'm Chinese, and there never has been a big Chinese star in American films. My capabilities exceed my limitations." Bruce's capabilities did in fact exceed his limitations and, until his youthful death, he was one of the biggest stars in films.
It crossed cultural boundaries within the realm of the martial arts community as Lee suggested that the complete fighter draw from multiple arts (boxing, Muy Thai, Judo and even rudimentary Jiu Jitsu) to round out their skill sets. I can say as a practicioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, many traditional martial arts, wrestling, boxing and MMA/vale tudo in general, Lees The Way of the Stopping Fist (as a concept of fighting rather than a codified set of technique) is far and away more complete in its construction and more global in its application than any of its predecessors and yet still has gems to be unearthed by novice and experienced modern fighters. Tao was not wildly popular during his life but it is a testement to his theories that today's MMA champions cross train with several coaches of their respective arts.
In "Tao of Jeet Kune Do", the only character is Bruce Lee. He is also the author of the book. He was eager to learn martial arts mainly because he was bullied in school. One famous quote was, "Be like water." He says that "Jeet Kune Do" is just a name. All of his studies on martial arts in one book. Bruce Lee's audience is anyone who wants to learn martial arts. I'm not just learning about martial arts, but i'm learning about Bruce Lee's life, and discipline. I love learning the "Way of the Intercepting Fist." It calms my life, because it has morals and quotes.
Jeet Kune D (henceforth, JKD) is Bruce Lees styleless style of martial arts. While JKD employs techniques and concepts from these systems, Lee remained adamant that no good came of organized styles built on fixed forms. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is an outline of the martial art. Id recommend you get the print edition if you can, which is large-format paperback as I recall.) The book combines a philosophy of martial arts with nitty-gritty discussion of the technical aspects of combat. Now, I can imagine some readers saying, Why are you recommending a book on real fighting by a movie martial artist? (It should be noted that pragmatism is not a virtue in the movie-making industry.) Lee demonstrates that hes given a lot of thought to the subject and done the training when he discusses technical concepts. The last technical chapter discusses the approaches to attack, focusing heavily on JKDs five types of attack. Id recommend this book for martial artists of any style.
Bruce wrote magnificently about oneself and the art of expressing it honestly.
What can I say about this book & this man. This book describes the art that he created called Jeet kune do- the way of the intercepting fist.
I don't agree with all the philosophy, but I appreciate the depths to which Bruce Lee lived his art.