Bruce Lee was born on November 27, and died on July 20, Even though he was just 32 upon his death, he had achieved so much in his limited lifetime. What is less known among the public is his keen interest in philosophy, a subject he studied at the University of Washington. Writing about where his interest in philosophy came from, he wrote:. My majoring in philosophy was closely related to the pugnacity of my childhood. I often asked myself these questions: What comes after victory?
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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. Lee wrestled with putting a name to his art as he constantly veered away from any type of crystallization and thereby limitation of its essence, however, the simple need to refer to it in some concrete way won out and jeet kune do was born.
The basic guiding principles are: simplicity , directness and freedom the form of no form. The techniques and philosophies of JKD can be applied to real combat as well as challenging life situations. Jeet Kune Do consists of physical techniques and applied philosophies and requires the individual to train him or herself to their most cultivated state of being-ness so that when faced with a combat situation or a challenging personal situation, the tools needed are available in the moment and can be executed without thought.
Jeet Kune Do celebrates the cultivation and honest self expression of the individual over any organized style. Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
Bruce Lee created this symbol as a representation of the culmination of his own self cultivation. This symbol is the final in a series of four that show this progression. The stages of cultivation are:. Partiality: The Running to Extremes. The arrows represent the constant interplay of the complements of yin and yang.
Finally the Chinese phrase surrounding the symbol translates to: using no way as way; having no limitation as limitation.
About Podcast Foundation Store. Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee developed an expression of martial arts that was personal to him called Jeet Kune Do translated: Way of the Intercepting Fist. The stages of cultivation are: 1. Partiality: The Running to Extremes 2. Emptiness: The Formless Form 4. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do
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Jeet Kune Do
Tao of Jeet Kune Do is a book expressing Bruce Lee 's martial arts philosophy and viewpoints, published posthumously after Bruce Lee's death in The project for this book began in when Bruce Lee suffered a back injury during one of his practice sessions. During this time he could not train in martial arts. He was ordered by his doctors to wear a back brace for 6 months in order to recover from his injury. This was a very tiring and dispiriting time for Lee who was always very physically active. It was during his convalescence that he decided to compile a treatise on the system or approach to martial arts that he was developing; he called it Jeet Kune Do.