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Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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From the Introduction: "In 1970, Bruce sustained a rather sever injury to his back. His doctors ordered him to discontinue the practice of martial arts and to remain in bed to allow his back heal. This was probably the most trying and dispiriting time in Bruce's life. He stayed in bed, virtually flat on his back for six months, but he couldn't keep his mind from working - ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 1975 by Black Belt Communications (first published 1975)
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Vladimir Nguyễn These are Bruce Lee's notes. Some of them are in English, other in Chinese - translated.

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Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I took martial arts a pre-teen/teen. I sucked at it. My teacher was a strict Asian badass, I was so terrifed of him. lol What can I say, I am a delicate flower. Physical activities are not my forte.





I am such a nerd when it comes to Bruce Lee.
Miroku Nemeth
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that I highly recommend. One of my favorite stories from the book is the following:

Bruce Lee and I were having dim sum, a traditional Chinese breakfast of meat-filled pastries, in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant after a lesson. I seized on this opportunity to tell him that I was discouraged. At forty-five, I felt I was too old and my body too stiff to achieve any real ability in jeet-kune-do.

"You will never learn anything new unless you are ready to accept yourself with your
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Long before Steven Segal, Van Damme or the UFC, there was Bruce Lee. While most of the world was concerned with kata and board breaking, Lee was developing a concept that would eventually become the most fundamental aspect of today’s fastest growing sport (mixed martial arts)—use what works for you. While taken as objective truth in today’s rapidly expanding MMA community, it was revolutionary and anathema to the conventional wisdoms of the time. It crossed cultural boundaries within the realm o ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In "Tao of Jeet Kune Do", the only character is Bruce Lee. He is also the author of the book. Lee was born in San Francisco, November 20, 1940, and died on May 10, 1973, suffering from seizures and headaches. He was eager to learn martial arts mainly because he was bullied in school. He wanted to show people that just because he was Chinese he could be successful. He eventually was so successful in martial arts, he began to create his own fighting style with a mixture of many different martial ...more
Bernie Gourley
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: martial-arts
Jeet Kune Dō (henceforth, JKD) is Bruce Lee’s “styleless style” of martial arts. Its literal meaning is “the way of the intercepting fist.” However, Lee cautions one against attaching too much significance to that name (or any name) in the book’s final chapter. Long before “Mixed Martial Arts” became a household word, Lee was constructing this fighting system that borrowed heavily from the Western traditions of boxing, fencing (conceptually speaking), and wrestling as well as from Kungfu, Savate ...more
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, 2007 rated it really liked it
Cool for fans, but I still can't throw a one inch punch.
Martin Maher
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book & this man. 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. He was a teacher & philosopher too, who had to fight against racism while living in america to become the man he was to become. This book describes the art that he created called `Jeet kune do`- the way of the intercepting fist. One of my favourite quotes of his which sums up his phil ...more
Vincent Chough
Jan 04, 2012 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
Faith Lowery
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't have the exact read start and finish dates on many books I have read this year. The dates are approximated, as I have been in & out of the hospital, and on bed rest, and read 2-5 books a day depending on the book & length and my ability to focus. All dates are approximated, by month.

I have studied this book since I was 9....
Lindsey Berkowitz
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good. No one says it better than Bruce Lee himself...

"Self-knowledge is the basis of Jeet Kun Do because it is effective, not only for the individual's martial art, but also for his life as a human being."

What an honor it must have been to have known him.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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. I think it would be most helpful as a martial arts/jeet kune do reference manual and improvement guide, including not only the movements and musculature necessary but also the mental focus and way of thought. The whole collection of material gives some insight into Bruce Lee's way of thinking--perhaps most ...more
Dec 09, 2008 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, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jeet Kune Do (JKD) was never meant to be a specific style, or another form of martial art. 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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Жанна Пояркова
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cool-non-fiction
"Если вы следуете классическому образцу, вы познаете рутину, традицию, тени, но не познаете себя."

Знаешь ли ты Брюса Ли?
В детстве мне хотелось быть похожей на него, мы с отцом смотрели фильмы, где Брюс, hot and sexy, виртуозно поражал врагов, и это было прекрасно, словно весна. Знать, что такой человек, ставший в голове именем нарицательным, легендой, написал текст, который ты можешь прочитать, - это такое же чувство, какое я испытывала, читая Авесту и думая, что вижу (условно) те же слова, кот
Adrian Ibarra
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2013 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
Cristobal Hernandez
this is a game changer....
everyone takes something different from this book, it's so open to many interpretations but the best part about it is the fact you really get to dive into Bruce Lee's mind. you get to see what he was thinking, what he was trying to accomplish and most of all a way of life. if you're an athelte who lifts or plays ball you'll learn something. if you're a Buddhist or Christian looking for a new spritual perspective you'll learn something. if you're wandering aimlessly in l
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Expressing the Human Body by Bruce Lee

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.
John Scott
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shawn Kass
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book from a great man
Feb 01, 2017 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 4-4.5 stars to properly reflect the flaws that it has. Its recommended to anyone interested in Bruce Lee's philosophy and martial arts. Here is my ...more
Stacey Tee-Bagang
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was twelve and it was my birthday. My mom gave me some money and told me I could buy whatever I could with it as her present for me. After school, I went to a bookstore and bought a paperback of this literary work of art. It's good to revisit this book once more now that I'm 33. If Bruce Lee achieved so much that actors his age weren't able to, it's because his growth mindset, drive, and passion for his work enabled him to thrive in his colourful but sadly, short life.

Give this book a read to
Pekka Huhtala
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
An incomplete guide to "emptying your cup so that it may be filled again". Gathered from Bruce's writings and sketches, this book teaches you the philosophy behind Jeet Kune Do. This book is a must-read for anyone doing martial arts. Techniques, practices, motivation, reasons. "Take what is useful and develop from there."

The best parts of this book are the very first and last pages. They offer you topics to meditate, think and discuss upon.

If you are not that much into martial arts, get this bo
James Goodrum
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative and a great look into Bruce's mind when it came to the martial arts. This would make a great read for anyone that has ever been a fan of his or even had the slightest interest in martial arts.

Learn about Jeet Kune Do. What it is and the idea behind the style. Follow that up with Bruce's views on becoming a better fighter from coordination to power and endurance both body and mind.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book right after watching the movie "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story." It took me a year to absorbed and strive to apply all the philosophy in it. I still have the original book I purchased, and it is filled with my personal notes, observations, and references. 10 Stars if I could rate it that many!
Brian Wilkerson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember where I got this book. It's been a while. If I had to guess, I'd say that I bought it myself.

The introduction to the book, written by Linda Lee and the editor, says that the book contains little new information. It is mostly how Bruce himself liked to train and fight. I agree with them. Indeed, the first section on Zen and how it relates to the mindset of a Martial Artist echoes a book I read recently, "The Sword and the Mind". Both of them speak of how a martial artist should
James Foster
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great MA Foundation

This collection of notes arranged by Bruce Lee’s wife and colleagues provides a foundation for a robust Martial Arts practice. It is more on the philosophical side, and the technical information, as well as the workout and warmup routines it contains are mostly outdated, but it is well worth the read as a piece for historical reference, as well as for the philosophical foundation and “zen” mindset approach to learning different martial arts skills and incorporating them into a
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Bruce Lee was an American-born martial artist, philosopher, instructor, martial arts actor and the founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts system, widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a cultural icon. He was the father of actor Brandon Lee and of actress Shannon Lee.
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” 327 likes
“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”
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