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Tao of Jeet Kune Do [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Lee
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Compiled from Bruce Lee’s notes and essays and originally published in 1975, Tao of Jeet Kune Do is the best-selling martial arts book in the world. This iconic work explains the science and philosophy behind jeet kune do—the art Lee invented—and includes hundreds of Lee’s illustrations. Topics include Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. With introductions by Linda Lee and editor Gilbert Johnson, Tao of Jeet Kune Do is essential reading for any practitioner and offers a brief glimpse into the mind of one of the world’s greatest martial artists.

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Compiled from Bruce Lee's notes and essays and originally published in 1975, "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" is the best-selling martial arts book in the world. This iconic work explains the science and philosophy behind jeet kune do - the art Lee invented - and includes hundreds of Lee's illustrations. Topics include Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling, and footwork. With introductions by Linda Lee and editor Gilbert Johnson, "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" is essential reading for any practitioner and offers a brief glimpse into the mind of one of the world's greatest martial artists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4372 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications (1 Oct. 1975)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052FYPJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that changed Martial Arts. 16 Nov. 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is a collection of aphorisms, fighting know-how and philosophical insights that was compiled after Bruce Lee's untimely death in 1973, from work towards a book he was never to finish.
Considering the fact that it was not fully completed, it is remarkably coherent, and organised into sections covering literally every single area of combat. It is not specifically a book about Kung Fu - it contains grappling techniques from Judo and Ju-Jitsu, along with a great many techniques taken from western Boxing.
For the experienced martial artist, it will provide many dynamic and helpful points, and for the beginner, it will help to illustrate the enormous depth and fascination that the subject holds for so many people. For both beginner and expert alike, it will bring a clearer understanding of what Bruce Lee empasised in his martial art, what he calls Jeet Kune Do: the fluid reality of physical violence. Because of this, it is a revolutionary book, and because of this, simply to read it will make you a better martial artist, even only if it leaves you feeling humbled at the depth of Lee's intuition and brilliance, and inspires you to work harder.
Regardless of the martial style of the individual reader, this book is a work of unremitting genius. Buy it. Read it. Understand.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Tao of Jeet Kune Do is, in my opinion, the best martial arts book that has ever been written. This book is to be used as a guide on how to become a great martial artist. The first section of the book is a collection of various thoughts and philosophies the master wrote down which pertain to martial arts as a way of life. Then the book goes on into the qualities of Jeet Kune Do and guidelines on how to become a good fighter which includes excercise, quick seeing, plan of attack, and much, much more. If you read this book cover to cover it gives you the most information on how to fight than any other martial arts book I have ever read. It is a true masterpiece by a great master and I suggest this book for martial arts and Bruce Lee fans all over.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Lee- The Legend Lives On 7 Dec. 2002
Format:Paperback
In his book 'The Tao of Jeet Kune Do'Bruce Lee was not teaching tecniques but more the philosophy to suceed in your Martial Art, which was to be achieved by expressing who you are honestly. He wanted us to take whatever Martial Art we practised, be it Japanese or Chinese or whatever, and utilise what is useful and reject what is not, thus taking the essence of that style. Bruce Lee never fully completed this book and had much more than written that he intended to express to his followers. Do not feel that this book is to teach you to bang someone up, that is the wrong attitude, why? "JKD is not to hurt, but is an avenue through which life opens its many secrets to us." JKD is not a style or system, it is a way of expressing our true self and feelings as well as serving as a vehicle for Martial Artists around the world to appreciate other cultures not to beat each other up!. Dont feel disheartend that there may not be techniques on ground fighting as he said, "your truth is not my truth and my truth is not your truth," so basically go and take up a Martial Art like jujitsu or whatever and utilise his ideas for you not what is written that worked for him. I strongly recommend this book for all Martial Artists or even if you are not that particularly keen but more so on philosophy 2 buy this, read it, re read and "absorb what is useful and reject what is not" for you!! Peace
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for any serious Artist! 5 Dec. 2001
By Iain
Format:Paperback
The 'Tao' is perhaps the style of book that should appear more often. Instead of telling the reader the techniques, this book is mainly concerned with the attitude of the Artist and the strategy behind the conflict.
The book does contain useful techniques, but its major defining aspect is the philosophy and overall completeness (with regards to actual combat) that make this book a 'must have'. Informative and easy to follow, the book deals with the information that is usually left out of other martial art books.
Well worth the money and the time spent in reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce the man 21 Oct. 2002
Format:Paperback
I have been studying Lau Gar kung fu for a year. I bought this book six months before I started studying martial arts. This book helps to create a better understanding of martial arts whatever stlye you study.For all you Bruce Lee fans out this it is not a manual that gives you step by step instructions of how to fight like Bruce Lee. It is one's study of the different ways people of different sizes, flexibility, speeds can express themselves in a combative form. It gives an in introduction to Bruce Lee's theory's and philosphy's. I strongly recomend this book to martial artists.The more you read this book the better you understand it. I would recomend that it would help if you do martial arts this book will greatly benfit you. An excellent read!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book To Express One's Self 7 Oct. 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think that the Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee is what is written in the index it is not a learn to kung fu in 10 easy stages. It is a philosphical book and again as it says in the index it is the thoughts of one person. It also explains how to express yourself through the movement of martial art, as well as showing you exercises. It also helps you to improve all the areas of your martial art, by giving you examples of how inmprove balance, punching, and speed. It also explains through the philiosophy that you must empty your mind and "be like water", and also explains recommends that you use the techniques that can be landed successfully on an opponent and that anything ornamental is to be forgotten.
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