Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition Paperback – Nov 1 2011
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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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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.
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.
The book itself is not perfect as he did not really finish it, but later it was compiled by his friend and his wife. Just like many Chinese marital artists, his work is also kind of unfinished, but that's because Chinese martial artists usualy don't think the art is "speakable." However, in contrast to many other books, this one is still very worth reading and pondering, and kind of easy.
The drawings themselves have helped me very much when I was studying martial arts. Why? No redundancy!!
His art can be characterized by "economical, really quick, and no chance to fight back." Usually, his opponent would feel like he has three legs or several fists. Chinese called him "Three-leg Lee." He told his student to feel and react but not to think about how to do it. The methods are well-described in this book and some others.
His philosophy can be simplified by saying that he cut off all redundancy hidden in the sequences he learned in China and from his friends in the US.
Not only the art, but also the philosophy is also an important thing that we can learn from his work.
Anway, if you buy only one book about his art, this is the one.
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This book isn't what I expected. I thought it would be more taoism and philosophy than martial arts instructions and sketches. Not what i was looking for and will be going back.Published 1 month ago by Lynx
Don't know who he is!? For-shame!
Didn't know he wrote a philosophy on life... well okay, I didn't know either for the longest time. Read more
I have recently started training in Jeet Kune Do and having this book is a huge asset to learning the philosophies and the direct knowledge from Bruce Lee. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sean K
Expanded but will be forever incomplete.
Page 224 of the Fifth Printing (2014) is misprinted. Publisher unresponsive.
very informative yet you need to have a background knowledge of JKD to fully understand the commentary given by Bruce LeePublished 19 months ago by Lascelles