What is "Tao of Jeet Kune Do"? Well first let's learn what Jeet Kune Do is. Jeet Kune Do is a style of martial art's that Bruce Lee developed. The name "jeet kune do", it's self means "The intercepting Fist". What bruce did was, take useful techniques and philosophy's from several styles and discarded what he felt was useless. He then combined his knowledge of these things and formed his own style. A formless style. Containing techniques from several styles yet it had no form it's self. No fixed positions, no fancy mess. Just a formless practical style.
A judo student could beat a tae kwon do student once on the ground. And a Tae Kwon Do student could beat a judo student as long as he stayed toe to toe. But if you combine the two, well now you have a fighter skilled both greatly on the ground and on his feet.
Now having a basic understanding of what jeet kune do is, let's look at "Tao of Jeet Kune Do", which means, "Way of the Intercepting Fist". This is a book Bruce Lee wrote before he died. Unfortunately he did not complete it. His wife Linda later collected his writings and helped complete his book.
The book explains in depth more on jeet kune do. What it is, and what it is not. It contains a lifes work. Filled with many philosophy's, quotes, and training techniques. Your basically reading what it took bruce 20 years of training and learning to develope. Almost like having your own one on one session with bruce lee.
Below are some quotes from the book. Just a small taste of what it contains.
"The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action" "It is indeed difficult to see the situation simply -our minds are very complex- and it is easy to teach one to be skillful, but it is difficult to teach one his own attitude" "Jeet Kune Do avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex, goes to the heart of the problem and pinpoints the key factors" "The art of Jeet Kune Do is simply to simplify" "Empty your cup so that it may be filled; bcom devoid to gain totality" "When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity" "The classical man is just a bundle of rountine, ideas and tradition" "If you follow the classical pattern, your are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow-you are not understanding yourself" "Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing" "To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person" "I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves" "The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. Half way cultivation runs to ornamentation" "A Jeet Kune Do man faces reality and not crystallization of form. The tool is a tool of formless form" "Training deals not with an object but with the human spirits and human emotions" "You are never set or tensed, but ready and flexible" "Above all do not lay down restricting rules" "Like the cobra you remain coiled in a loose but compact position and your strike should be felt before seen" "The outstanding characteristics of the expert athlete is his ease of movement, even during maximal effort" "It's not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessentials" "The best form of endurance exercise is the performance of the event" "Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maintenance" "One should seek good balance in motion and not in stillness" "A good fighter must sense rather than perceive his chance to strike" "Timing a blow is the secret of powerful hitting" "We must surpise our opponent and catch the moment of his helplessness" "Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just a punch, a kick was just a kick. After I'd studied the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I understand the art, a punch is just a punch, a kick is just a kick" "Like a cobra your stroke should be felt before it is seen" "Learn to hold your fire until you can hit your opponent" "Intelligence is sometimes defined as the capacity of the individual to adjust himself successfullyy to his environment or to adjust the environment to his needs" "Attain stillness while moving, like thy moon beneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking" "The essance of fighting is the art of moving" "It is a continuous process of hit-and-away" "There are nothing much in this art. Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch; kick when you have to kick"
So do you like what you read? Are you interested? I wish I could show you more of this book, but I don't think the Lee family would appreciate me putting almost the whole book on my site! But the book contains a lot more than just quotes. It's a real gem to any real bruce lee fan, or even just a martial artist! I think I should warn those who are thinking of getting this book and expecting it to be a "learn jeet kune do in 10 easy chapters book".. This it is not. Rather an introduction, or a beginning to his new birth. If you do not own this book, I encourage you to buy it. Or check your public library for it.