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The art has as its symbolic representation what we call Bruce Lee's Core Symbol [see The term jeet kune do was coined and put into use in by Bruce Lee in an attempt to put a name to his martial expression. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Compiled from Bruce Lee's notes and essays and originally published in , this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its. Jeet Kune Do consists of physical techniques and applied philosophies and requires the individual to train him Book: “The Tao of Jeet Kune Do” by Bruce Lee.
That is, each fighter should begin with sound fundamentals and build an approach that is ultimately his or her own. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is an outline of the martial art. My biggest criticism is that on the Kindle version the graphics are largely unreadable. The book combines a philosophy of martial arts with nitty-gritty discussion of the technical aspects of combat.
The philosophical chapters bookend the technical ones. Lee was a man of charisma, and one who approached endeavors with gravitas. Would you recommend a book on how to conduct gall bladder surgery from someone because they were on the first two seasons of ER?
Would you take martial arts lessons from Keanu Reeves because his moves looked pretty nifty in The Matrix? However, as I said, Lee seemed to devote himself entirely to everything he did.
Yeah, he probably had good genes, but he must have trained like a maniac as well. It should be noted that pragmatism is not a virtue in the movie-making industry.
The technical material is organized in four chapters. There is a chapter on mobility that discusses footwork and various types of evasions. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is undeniably repetitive, but that repetition has value in hammering home key concepts.
Besides, the concepts that are repeated are often worth memorizing. Eliminate ego. Avoid fixed forms. Be natural. Non-martial artists may find the philosophical chapters interesting, but may not get much out of the list-intensive technical chapters.
Although this book is more for martial arts practitioner than the casual readers but I'm personally interested in Lee's philosophies. The first part of it is absolutely vital and satisfying and the last part as well.
Bruce wrote magnificently about oneself and the art of expressing it honestly. He masterly simplifies everything and put everything regarding oneself into a clearer and freeing perspective. It's impossible to read this one and not gain something, I know I gained many.
Oct 30, Gautam rated it really liked it. Cool for fans, but I still can't throw a one inch punch. Feb 26, Morgan rated it really liked it.
I skim-read most of this book, but I liked reading something by Bruce Lee. Had some good philosophy and fitness motivation in the book. I wouldn't read this unless you are training though.
My older brother likes Bruce Lee, so we had this in the house. May 27, Martin Maher rated it it was amazing. Bruce lee has always had such an influence on me, especially in my teens. Of course, he is well known as a martial art film star ,but he is so much more than that. One of my favourite quotes of his which sums up his philosophy goes as follows: Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes a teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash! Be water my water.
View 1 comment. Jan 04, Vincent Chough rated it it was amazing. During my adolescence Bruce Lee was a hero of mine. He was a minority hero who broke down racial barriers. I remember seeing a documentary about Lee. It interviewed famous black Americans who considered Lee a hero of theirs as well just because he wasn't white and he could kick butt like no one else.
I bought this book back in the 80's and still have it. There's philosophy, art and, of course, martial arts. It is a testimony to a truly fascinating life. I don't agree with all the philosophy, b During my adolescence Bruce Lee was a hero of mine.
I don't agree with all the philosophy, but I appreciate the depths to which Bruce Lee lived his art. It transformed him and the world around him.
Mar 17, Faith Lowery rated it it was amazing. I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. All dates are approximated, by month. I have studied this book since I was May 28, Lindsey Berkowitz rated it it was amazing. So good. No one says it better than Bruce Lee himself Jun 15, Andrewcharles rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a collection of tips and techniques from Bruce Lee about his martial arts technique.
There is very little structure to the book, and it's not something one should read cover to cover.
The whole collection of material gives some insight into Bruce Lee's way of thinking--perhaps most This is a collection of tips and techniques from Bruce Lee about his martial arts technique.
The whole collection of material gives some insight into Bruce Lee's way of thinking--perhaps most especially the diagrams, drawings and hand-written notes by BL scattered through the text. Even as such it's a difficult read--there are many sections that are just collections of essentially one-liners, frequently overlapping each other in material and even words, and then at other times barely related to each other.
As a training manual it does tell you how and where to move your body, but doesn't come near the utility of a video or live instructor. Dec 09, Paul rated it it was amazing.
There is a reason why, more than 20 years after his death, that Bruce Lee is still getting articles about his way and his own personal technique written in magazines and why he is still revered by so many.
This book is a good example of the reasons why. The important thing though is to learn from his example, understand it, and then create your own method instead of just following it. Great book with detailed information about Jeet Kune Do and the philosophy behind it. Although it's incomplete but it's satisfying to read Lee's philosophy. A must read for those who are interested in this matter.
Jan 10, Norm rated it it was amazing. It was just a name Bruce Lee reluctantly coined because he felt he had to call it something.
He was concerned that, once named, his approach to Martial Arts could be misinterpreted or exploited. Anyway, 40 years after Bruce Lee's death, this volume and the 4 paperback volumes of "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method" now also available in one Hardcover volume offer, in my opinion, the best overview of his practica Jeet Kune Do JKD was never meant to be a specific style, or another form of martial art.
Anyway, 40 years after Bruce Lee's death, this volume and the 4 paperback volumes of "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method" now also available in one Hardcover volume offer, in my opinion, the best overview of his practical and philosophical views on unarmed combat. They were originally compiled and edited by Gilbert Johnson. Since each section is a compilation of separate notes, there is much duplication of material, but I never felt this was a problem.
Some sections include reproductions of Bruce's original hand-written notes. The Expanded edition published in contains additional introductions and commentary and has been rearranged and remastered.
I have copies of both, but I think either volume, separately, is worth owning. There's a lot of information here and the reader could spend a lifetime practicing, refining and discarding the material presented in these pages.
Rather than forcing his students to fit one mold or style, Bruce tailored his training methods to fit the needs and balance the limitations of his students. The living, breathing person was far more important than any style.
Bruce would encourage his students to "absorb what is useful" and discard whatever didn't work for them. So, in a sense, each student followed his own, personal, course of Jeet Kune Do instruction. The "Tao" offers the reader an intriguing look at the art of unarmed combat, by the most celebrated Martial Artist of our time. I read this book for the philosophy not for the martial arts but as a former martial arts practitioner it was interesting to see the basic review of the approach to Jeet Kune Do-- many of Bruce Lee's approaches have been incorporated into modern Kung Fu.
At its essence Tao of Jeet Kune Do is two thick slices of Philosophy at the beginning an end with a serving of Martial arts in between. It is there where Bruce Lee is most poignant.
What brought me to this book: I've been looking for books that r I read this book for the philosophy not for the martial arts but as a former martial arts practitioner it was interesting to see the basic review of the approach to Jeet Kune Do-- many of Bruce Lee's approaches have been incorporated into modern Kung Fu.
I've been looking for books that refer to methodologies of operating with a clear mind. Surprising very little is written in the way of how to deliberately practice these techniques. A mentor recalled that Bruce Lee touches on this topic in this book. You might ask why Lee would touch on such a subject—but its clear.
In his short time on earth Bruce had pushed himself to the limits of human accomplishment; such physical feats were only possibly because Bruce Lee managed to master his mind as well as his body. More specifically through mental mastery, he mastered his body.
Philosophical points: In the book Bruce Lee outlines his philosophical underpinnings for his great achievement. For this reason I give this book four stars- though for those interested in this book for its philosophical merits—I propose reading only the opening and closing chapters, but read them again and again. Dec 13, Adrian Ibarra rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For years I have been wanting to get my hands on this book, because I have been a fan of Bruce Lee since I was born.
This book discusses how Jeet Kune Do is not just some fighting style, or like what Mr. Each page has what reminds me of stanzas in a poem, 10 rows with two to three sentences each. Jotting his explanations on how one must use their entire body to strike at someone else's entire body, like the eyes, and towards the groin. I loved this book, both analytically, and spiritually. This felt like meditation, showing me how our minds can affect our outcomes. This was a wake up call to me because I felt that I have been slacking on maintaining my health and overall well being.
After reading this, I felt more persistent and confident on going to the gym every week and take care of myself. The book did a great job at making me realize that. It was a blast experiencing this book. Rest in Peace Bruce Lee. Jun 05, Stuart rated it liked it. It's an awkward one. On the one hand, this is a glimpse into the notebooks of arguably the most important person in the popularisation of martial arts and a good look at the training philosophy of someone whose approaches to breaking down the formality of traditional martial arts have really taken off in the past thirty years.
On the other hand, we have to remember that what a book does for the reader is also important. It's not, for example, going to provide a comprehensive guide to the core tec It's an awkward one. It's not going to provide the kind of clear insight into Bruce Lee's life that a good biography might.
Large parts of it aren't even that original, since, this being from notebooks, there are a lot of quotes Lee chose to paraphrase and keep, while I recognise some of the illustrations from other, earlier, sources. In a way though, that's probably one of the more interesting elements of it. This scrap book full of collected ideas helps to show us something of the processes of a man who was forever fitting bits together from different places, whether ideas, fighting techniques, or personal philosophies.
Aug 06, Timothy rated it it was amazing. Concrete no-nonsense martial arts. Very good for the martial artist and athlete alike. This book really encouraged me to branch out in Martial Arts and learn the traditional sports like wrestling and boxing. Feb 23, John Scott rated it it was amazing. Great book from a great man. Feb 01, Toby rated it it was amazing.
This book seems to lack a clear organisation and can sometimes be vague. I have still found it very useful in consolidating what I learn in a class setting. It's not meant to teach you how to do Jeet Kune Do, but its more like a supplement to your training.
My rating says 5 stars because it personally means a lot to me, however its probably more like Its recommended to anyone interested in Bruce Lee's philosophy and martial arts. Here is my This book seems to lack a clear organisation and can sometimes be vague. Here is my review: I never saw Bruce as an unbeatable fighter, a legendary martial arts master, but he was more than just the movie entertainer. I see him as an excellent teacher and philosopher.
Bruce was so ahead of his time, as a martial artist and as a teacher. He criticises heavily the idea that learning depends on the absorption of fixed knowledge. Instead, he understood that learning must be done through application, experimentation, and ultimately adaptation to an alive and realistic environment. He does not see himself, the teacher, as the giver of knowledge, but simply a catalyst for the learner's own discovery. All knowledge is ultimately self-knowledge, and we only can discover this through application, self-expression and evaluation.
This is what certainly drew me into Bruce Lee. This view that learning is a constructive process, and not an end, and this comes through in the beginning of this book as he discusses his philosophy and mental approach to martial arts. He emphasises mindfulness, self-expression and adaptation in the learning process.
He then proceeds in this book by deconstructing the classical mess of martial arts, which are embedded in tradition and rigid doctrine, rather than rooted in any real "alive" application. He sets out to show that styles are an organised despair, which actually put limitations on their practitioners.
Many techniques are not effective in the delivery of power, are over-complicated, and not practical. Bruce wanted to be liberated of the authoritative discipline of passing down martial arts, of imitating forms that reflected some ideal rather than reality.
Many take Bruce's philosophy of "absorbing what is useful, discarding what is useful and adding what is uniquely your own" to mean that once liberated from the classical mess, you are permitted to construct your own subjective take on martial arts. You can learn from all different kinds of sources and call that JKD, and you can do what works for you. This is not the case.
Bruce's idea that there is no objective truth or fixed knowledge however, shouldn't be taken to mean that any construction of reality is permitted.
He also didn't view the addition of different approaches as necessary, he was more interested in stripping away the inessentials. His philosophy means reality should be constructed through interaction and exploration, not by adhering to dogma.
We must drop our prejudice so that we can see clearly and build knowledge through practice that corresponds to various connections in our web of pre-existing knowledge. What he sought out to do in response to the classical mess of martial arts was create a more applicable, constructive, and adaptable fighting method, based on the concepts of simplicity, directness and being alive.
A scientific approach to fighting. The techniques of Jeet Kune Do are based on scientific principles of proper body structure and mechanics in delivery. His study into physics, anatomy, western boxing, various other martial arts and fencing allowed him to come up with simple movements for the weapons of attack that were effective in multiplying force and could be generated with speed, and to identify effective targets of attack.
Having proper structure was important in attack, but alignment and balance in motion established footwork as the key vehicle behind the generation of attacks, as it allowed the transfer of weight into the targets. Through sparring he discovered the need for techniques that were non-telegraphic and had economy of motion both to be effective and for conserving energy. These are simply the tools for fighting, and learning these is not sufficient. Bruce understood that there was a disconnect in practitioners who could execute techniques properly or who understood principles, and the actual application of these techniques in a fight.
If one adheres to these ideas alone, they simply become a mechanical fighter, who have failed to test themselves and learn strategies to adapt to situations.
Thus, the next aspect of Jeet Kune Do that Bruce emphasised is the "alive" aspect. Through sparring, and drills that simulate real life situations, and through setting up an open learning environment that included multiple perspectives, Bruce tested the application of the techniques. He outlines in this book the numerous qualities that are important to cultivate in order to be in control of your techniques precision, coordination, endurance, balance, speed etc..
He also explains the preliminaries of attacking feints, parries, manipulations. Most importantly to me, again he found that, like in boxing and fencing, mobility and footwork are the essence of fighting. Footwork is what allows you to evade attacks of your opponents, gain superior positioning through broken rhythm, creating angles and regulating distance.
The upper body movements are important as well, as they accompany attacking and defensive manoeuvres and maintain balance, but these all begin and end with the feet. He discusses the importance of learning to judge distance, and understanding fighting ranges, so that attacks can be executed properly and defence can be achieved through maintaining distance.
He discusses the importance of timing, cadence and rhythm, in order to establish control over your opponents movements. Mobility establishes evasiveness and as the prime means of defence, which is constantly shown to be most effective compared to blocks. Bruce is also quick to explain that a fighter should never force himself into being on the offence or defence, but to seamlessly flow between attack and evasion by regulating distance with proper footwork to achieve an "aggressive defence".
Next he explains the preparations needed to set up attack, after which he puts forth numerous applications of the tools in attack. Bruce Lee's expressed intent for the work is not as an instruction manual or how-to guide. However, since the book is published after his death from notes and sketches compiled by his widow and an editor, it is an extensive study in the practice of Jeet Kune Do.
The editor hopes the book is a source of ideas for all martial artists to develop without boundaries. Linda Lee hopes reading the book will help the reader come to know her husband and himself better. The introduction and early sections of the book and the last two sections do present some philosophical ideas recommended by Lee for the mental preparation to become a skilled martial artist. The majority of the book's content, however, details preparation, exercises, movements, and practice required for initially developing the skills of a Jeet Kune Do martial artist.
Enlightenment, karma, and Buddhism's eight-fold path introduce Bruce Lee's fundamental notion that false ideas of a separate self must be eliminated.
He claims self-consciousness is the greatest barrier to proper physical action. Jeet Kune Do is the method of martial arts that Bruce Lee promotes in this book.
The way, or Tao, requires that one discard all ideals, patterns, styles, and ideas to understand it. The Tao's formlessness lets one assume all forms in mastering his will. The absence of stereotyped technique and thought combines with non-attachment as its doctrine. One can partake in man's pure-heartedness and empty-mindedness by using the tools of Jeet Kune Do. These natural weapons have the purpose to destroy an opponent and one's own instinct of self-preservation.
Bruce Lee claims that punches and kicks kill the ego.