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Tao of Jeet Kune Do (1975)

by Bruce Lee

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Compiled from Lee's notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself--jeet kune do--is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee's own illustrations.… (more)
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Zen
Art of the Soul
Jeet Kune Do
Organized Despair
The Facts of Jeet Kune Do
The Formless Form
Preliminaries--Training Warming Up; On-Guard Position; Progressive Weapons Charts; Eight Basic Defense Positions; Some Target Areas
Qualitites--Coordination; Precision; Power; Endurance; Balance; Body Feel; Good Form; Vision Awareness; Speed; Timing; Attitude
Tools--Some Weapons from JKD; Kicking; Striking; Grappling; Studies on Judo and Ju-Jitsu
Preparations--Feints; Parries; Maniupations
Mobility--Distance; Footwork; Evasiveness
Attack--Preparation fo Attack; Simple Attack; Compound Attack; Counter attack; Riposte; Renewed Attack; Tactics; Five Ways of Attack
Circle with no Cirmcumference
It's Just a Name
  AikiBib | Aug 14, 2022 |
Without a martial arts background, I failed to understand any of the middle section of the book regarding physicality. But I liked the beginning and end where Lee is philosophical. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
Very cool, not just a form of martial arts, but a philosophy. The wisdom contained in this book really hasn't aged much, in that the simplicity of the words but the depth of the meaning has held up well. ( )
  CurioCollective | Jun 25, 2020 |
I skimmed over it towards the beginning of the year when I had some interest in doing this but lost interest quickly due to my ADD. But I say it would be useful towards someone that can pay attention long enough to learn. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
This is the definitive guide to Jeet Kune Do by the founder himself Bruce Lee. Many people who first pick up this book find it hard to follow as they believe that this book is like any other with definite chapters and a story to follow. However this is not the case this book was put together based on the enormous amounts of notes Bruce Lee left behind on fighting, martial arts, and philosophy. If you ever wondered why Bruce Lee is called the father of modern MMA well this book will show you. But be warned this book is not easy to understand and you may have to read it a number of times before the penny drops. ( )
1 vote Mark_Oszoli | Nov 5, 2014 |
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This book is dedicated to the Free, Creative Martial Artist
Take what is useful and develop from there.
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(Introduction by Linda Lee): My husband always considered himself a martial artist first and then an actor second.
To obtain true enlightenment in martial art means the extinction of everything which obscures the "true knowledge," the "real life."
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Compiled from Lee's notes and essays and originally published in 1975, this iconic volume is one of the seminal martial arts guides of its time. The science and philosophy behind the fighting system Lee pioneered himself--jeet kune do--is explained in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee's own illustrations.

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This is Bruce Lee’s treatise on his martial art, jeet kune do. This international best seller includes the philosophy of jeet kune do, mental and physical training, martial qualities, attack, and strategy.
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