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Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition Paperback – Nov 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications; Expanded edition edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897502027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897502023
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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 By Loren w Christensen on March 14 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By Mark Schoenknecht on June 6 2002
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30 1999
Format: Paperback
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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I have had my copy of this book for many years. I often refer to sections of it for advice and inspiration.
While Lee's views on the arts may be controversial, I think that anyone who has studied the arts seriously [ this excludes the black belt factories ) can appreciate the philosophical tone of the work. Too many of us get too into dictated technique and form as well as tradition to appreciate Lee's theories.
Jeet Kune Do is the style that is not a style. One that is infinitely flexible and adaptable to the individual and the situation.
I have been a Bruce Lee fan for 30 years and while I have never had the honor of meeting him or personally seeing him in form, I have been inspired and awed by him.
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is an inspired and original work and to me embodies the essense of the true martial artist.
They are called the "arts" for a reason. How poor would other arts be if all of the artists merely copied others - I don't mean inspired by others but COPIED others. By and large that is what the so-called kwoons teach these days.One way and one way only, for $$$$$ we guarantee a black belt in 14 months.
Arts by definition are intensly personal and open for interpretation. How rich would the world of culture be today if Michealangelo merely copied Davinci or Monet was discouraged to explore impressionism saying it was not "true art"?
Lee breaks new ground and we who study him are the richer for it.
I recommend this book to any one with a serious interest in the martial arts. Those of you unfortunates stuck in black belt factories please study this book; it will open a new world for you.
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