The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do.
By Vishwa on Inspiration
March 7, 2011
I don’t know how to spell, “The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do,” but I am reading this book now. This book is written by the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. You will also find him to be one of the greatest thinker if you read his book. The Tao Of Jeet Kune Do, martial art taught by Bruce Lee, is the only published work which is written by the Master. He had written seven volumes, which involved unused papers, each headed by simple titles. Gilbert L. Johnson, organised the material of 7 volumes of unfinished writings to one book. He states, “Sometimes he, Bruce Lee, wrote introspectively, asking questions of himself. More often he wrote to his invisible student, the reader. When he wrote quickly, he sacrificed his practiced grammar and when he took his time, he was eloquent. Some of the material within the volumes was written in a single setting and had the natural progression of a well-outlined conversation. Other areas were sudden inspirations and incomplete ideas that were quickly scribbled as they entered Bruce Lee’s head. These were scattered throughout the work. In addition to the seven hardbound volumes, Bruce Lee wrote notes throughout the development of his Jeet Kune Do and left them in stacks and drawers among his belongings.”
Bruce Lee was deeply reflective. He questioned everything. The book, if you read has no ending; it has no style, and it has no level. It reminds of what Bertrand Russell had said about people beings fools and fanatics or, on the contrary, wise. He says, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” For, Lee didn’t want to label or name any concepts when it came to adapting his style. His style of practicing martial art was ever growing.
Last but not the least, Bruce Lee himself weight trained, and he proposed weight training to individuals whoever wanted to adapt martial art. His fitness program exercises included compound movements such as: Dead-lift, squat, bench-press, and various other supplementary lifts where resistance–weight–had to be used.