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Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition [Paperback]

Bruce Lee
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Nov. 1 2011

Compiled from Bruce Lee’s notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself—jeet kune do—is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee’s own illustrations. With the collaboration of Lee’s daughter, Shannon, and Bruce Lee Enterprises, this new edition is expanded, updated, and remastered, covering topics such as Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. Featuring an introduction by Linda Lee, this is essential reading for any practitioner, offering a brief glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s greatest martial artists.

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To watch Bruce Lee on film is an amazing experience. Those who have read Tao of Jeet Kune Do, however, know that Lee's prose can also be exhilarating. This praiseworthy and enduring bestseller (mainly written over six months when Lee was bedridden with back problems) compiles philisophical aphorisms, explanations on technique, and sketches by the master himself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bruce Lee was an iconic figure in martial arts who pioneered the concept of jeet kune do from his physical training, personal research, and formal education in philosophy at the University of Washington–Seattle. He acted in several motion pictures, including The Big Boss, Enter the Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Way of the Dragon. He is the author of Bruce Lee: Wisdom for the Way, Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, and the Fighting Method series.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 14 2002
I had the opportunity to see Bruce Lee in action at an East Coast karate tournament in 1969. He wasn't competing but was there as a celebrity guest.
I stood with others at the back of the tournament hall and listened in awe as he talked about having just finished filming Marlow and his plans to leave soon for Hong Kong to begin filming a movie.
Later, I watched him warm-up a great tournament fighter named Luis Delgado. Lee's speed was absolutely incredible. His backfist was nearly imperceptible and his footwork for closing the gap was a blur.
What a loss to the martial arts world that he left us so soon. But we still have this book of his notes. It a wonderful bible, if you will, that will make any martial artist look at his own training to see how some of Lee's ideas can fit.
There will always be the Jackie Chans and Jet Lis who will come along and dazzle us with their screen antics. But Bruce Lee was a seeker of knowledge, a true master of the fighting arts and philosophy. Some of it is in this wonderful book.
As an author of 13 books on the martial arts, I highly recommend this book for every MA library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tao of Jeet Kune Do is made up of notes written by Bruce Lee during 1970 while he was stuck in bed for six months with a hurt back. Also included are sketches drawn by Bruce to show different stances, attacks, takedown methods, etc. It must be known the book is not for those who just want to be able to beat people up. There are many proverbs included in the story and it challenges you to think and exercise your brain just as much as it challenges you to exercise your body. These proverbs could also be a downside for those with a lesser understanding of things because some of them could seem very confusing, or they may mislead people into getting a different meaning than what is meant to be given from them. Tao of Jeet Kune Do was not originally meant to be a book, but instead a collection of notes, so the information is sort of cluttered around. Included are suggestions on exercise, diet, stretching, attitude, and of course, self defense and attack. For those who study other forms of martial arts, almost all of the ideas behind Jeet Kune Do can be incorporated with these styles. Even if you don't use the book to train yourself it can be a very helpful tool in understanding how Bruce Lee thought and fought, and you can get a grasp of how Bruce Lee trained himself to accomplish all the great things he did. Overall, I thought it was a very enlightening book, and the only downside was the cluttering of the information, which was easily ignorable by the great content, and the confusing proverbs, which may have just been confusing to me, and could be easily understood by someone else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Dec 28 2012
By Angel
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Breaks it down nice and simple!! Take it for what it is. Punch when u need to punch and kick when u need to kick
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true Martial Arts genius March 12 2004
This is the book of all books concerning martial arts. The concepts once fully grasped and applied can take the novice martial artist and improve them dramiatically regardless of what style they study.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read but not much more March 30 1999
By A Customer
Lee's Tao of JKD has been heralded as a masterpiece. Perhaps at the time, it was the best that was available. However, with multiple readings, I always think of a comment made by Oscar Levant concerning Leonard Bernstein - something like "He exposes secrets that have been known to the world for hundreds of years."
As Lee himself said, there is nothing new in this book. However, as a classical kung-fu student, I am repeatedly saddened by his "rejection" of classical technique for its "inefficiencies." It seems to me that Lee did not truly understand the depths available from his classical Wing Chun and rejected his roots to try to find something which he would have found if he had simply stayed. His expositions on "non-classicism" are the same expositions made by every single competent classical martial artist - make the techniqe your own; don't just follow the pattern.
For the Chinese style practitioners, this book may be read for its reconstruction of basic Wing Chun theory. Lee's JKD theory was simply Wing Chun plus some fencing and boxing terminology.
Some of his theories on body movement are good, but the more "modernized" ones simply show Lee's impatience by his emphasis on muscle development.
This is not to say that one cannot develop fast power by building muscle, but there are limits there that can only be surpassed by proper qigong training.
For the serious martial artist, this will be an interesting read. I do not recommend this for the beginner - there is some bad stuff mixed in with the good, and they will not have the sufficient wisdom to be able to weed it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pow April 20 2014
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It's the most papery book I ever had. Plus there is some words and drawing in it which is cool. Never gonna give you up...let you down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book March 11 2014
By Stefan
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The book is what I give a 5 stars. I did however get the book with frayed edges but other than that im pretty happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Excellent seller services March 27 2013
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I'm satisfied I received the book at the date the seller promised in a carefully wrapped package, the book as described by the seller.
I would offer this book for both experienced martial artists and trainee for the important information it contained from the late master Bruce lee. also every one seeking about self-defense and want to express his body to the peak body efficiency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is better than any other martial arts teaching
I have seen a little of 9 different types of martial arts and am a black belt in tae kwon do, and I know that bruce lee is deffinetly on to something. This is pure genious.
Published on April 13 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but Jumbled Insights To Bruce Lee
This book was never actually written by Bruce for book form. This is a compilation of his notes and drawings. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by John@BruceLeeBook.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Like Water?
Bruce Lee, got his foundation in Wing Chun Kung Fu. When you read this book, don't misunderstand Bruce Lee's philosophy: he is offering you concepts. Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Dennis Servaes
5.0 out of 5 stars The truest treatise on the philosophy of JKD...
This is a good book for understanding the physical and philosophical ideals of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do.
Published on Dec 25 2003 by E. Chu
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Fighting
This book is a great look at training and gives you a complete view of combat in all its ranges Bruce was an ultimate fighter before Ultimate fighting was a thought. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The beste ever written on combat
This is the best book i have ever read on the subject of combat ( not sparring ore competition ) the book gives you a guidet to the thaugts and mind of a great master of realistic... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars IN MEMORY OF MARIO PONTILLO
Since the late 1970's, I have studied Mr. Lee's "Way of the Intercepting fist."
This book is more than the physical aspects of his methods, but it is a philosophy and a way... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Tony CioLi
5.0 out of 5 stars tao of jeet kune do
this book is a good buy if your interested in learning some of what bruce lee accomplished,and is one of the best sources on jeet kune do
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by cody lutz
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