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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 June 2017
This is the first book in a series of four, all of which aim to provide useful guidance and instruction on Bruce Lee's fighting methods. Each book is quite short, at about 130 pages, and consists of written information and black & white photos. As the books progress, the methods get increasingly complex. This first book concerns self defence skills.

If you're a fan of Bruce Lee then I highly recommend this collection of books. Taken together, they offer a comprehensive introduction to Jeet Kune Do. The books are: Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Self-Defense Techniques Vol. 1,Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Basic Training: Basic Training v. 2,Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Skill in Techniques v. 3 (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method), and Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Advanced Techniques Vol 4 (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method).

NOTE: for some reason, Amazon have linked reviews for Book 1, 3 and 4 in the series! This review is for the 1st volume. The 3rd volume concerns fighting skills, and the 4th explores advanced fighting techniques.
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on 6 December 2016
Very happy with this book
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on 5 May 2017
Good book follows on well from the others!
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on 6 April 2017
5 stars
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on 19 May 2004
Having brought and read 'Basic Training' which is volume two in the 'Bruce lee's Fighting Method' series, i decided that this would also be a good guide to self defense techniques, and like 'Basic Training' i was not at all dissapointed.
The book is set out into seven different chapters. Chapter one: defense against suprise attack, Chapter two: defense against an unarmed assailant, Chapter Three: Defense Against Grabbing, Chapter Four: Defense Against Choke Holds & Hugs, Chapter Five: Self-Defense Against An Armed Assailant, Chapter Six: Defense Against Multiple Assailants, and finally Chapter Seven: Defense From A Vunerable Position.
For each self-defense move there are several clear and precise black and white photos, along with some short text explaining what is happening and what you are supposed to do and how you are supposed to execute each move correctly.
Overall another very good book by the Martial Arts master himself; Bruce Lee. Also very original in that it is the only book i know that goes into detail about mutiple assailants, armed assailants and things like suprise attacks. Great book from a reliable sorce. If have already read this book and liked it then i would recommend that you try the other three books in the 'Bruce Lee's Fighting Method' series, such as 'Basic Training' or 'Skill In Techniques'.
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on 12 November 2003
If you are looking for a quick way to learn the techniques of Jeet Kune Do, you are looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for a way to defend yourself against unprovoked attacks, this is a superb book. It gives you a short and sharp way out of any situation.
Remember, self defense is not how to beat someone if they come near you, it is to be used in a threatening situation to give you enough time to get away.
If you are interested in learning JKD from books, you should buy Bruce Lee's Fighting Style: Basic Training/ Skill in Techniques/ Advanced Training.
This is a brilliant book to teach people, women more especially, how to get away from an attack. Everything in this book shows quick defenses that will incapacitate the assailant long enough to get away.
A good choice for anyone looking to feel a little better about walking home at night.
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on 12 November 2003
This is the third and final book in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do series.
This book goes into tremendous detail over the techniques and basics of both of the previous books.
If I were you, I wouldn't be expecting to learn deadly techniques from this book just because it says it is advanced. This book is about detail and understanding what was learned in "Basic Training" and "Skill in Techniques". If you've read the first two books, you've already learned about the most effective ways in which to defend yourself and take down your opponent. This book goes into more detail over the "why" these things are done, more detain into "how" the these things are done and the phylosophies behind it all.
Great illustration and instuctions as usual.
Rounds off the JKD training superbly, and emphasises the need to keep it up and practice hard.
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on 8 August 2002
this book is the best for anyone who wants to learn. in this you will find self-defence techniques explained in great detail and to follow that you will find the pictures on how to do them. you should buy this first and then the rest. buy all of them you will be amazed! GET IT!
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on 12 November 2003
The second book in the JKD series.
This is an excellent book that is an absolute must if you are looking into Lee's formless art.
It takes the basics of what you learn from "Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: Basic Training" and goes one step further. Its describes brilliantly how to execute various techniques, it explains the origin and adaptations of techiniques from other arts (most notably the sticky hands techniques of Wing Chun) and why they have been incorporated.
It emphasises time and again how you should carry these techniques out, explains how they should feel to you and others, and goes into detail about what state you should be in while practicing the different types of techniques.
Deffinately a must.
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on 4 March 2008
Bruce Lee, the founder of Jeet Kune Do intended to published this book years ago, but changed his mind when he discovered that martial art instructors were using his name to promote themselves. Nut after he passed away in 1973, his wife Linda Lee thought that there is so much that can be learnt from him, it would be a big shame not to publish his teachings.

This book consists of mostly pictures which had Bruce Lee in, and captions written by him, but there were a few missing parts, due to his cancellation. He of course couldn't finish it off, as he wasn't alive, his main students, Dan Inosanto, Ted Wong and Raymond Huang did finish it off, following his teachings which they had studied intensely.

This book doesn't show you a technique, e.g. how to punch, that is in his other books, but it rather shows you how to defend yourself in common day-to-day situations. It compromises of 7 chapters: Defence from a surprise attack, defence against an unarmed assailant, defence against grabbing, defence against choke holds and hugs, defence against an armed assailant, defence against multiple assailants, and finally, defence from a vulnerable position.

This book does NOT teach you how to learn Jeet Kune DO, it, tells you how to defend yourself against assailants. June Keet Do is a mixture of all of the martial arts, formed into one. So there's no end in learning at all. And you can never learn everything. In order to execute many of the moves in this book, you will need to know the techniques, of which you can learn in his other books, or also from other martial arts you may learn.

I would not suggest learning Martial Arts just from books, as you don't know what you're doing wrong, but if you learned how to do certain punches in another martial art, say Karate, then you can use them in here.

The idea of this book, is how to defend yourself, so you can either beat, stun, or prevent the assailant for an amount of side so that you can run away, or defend your friend.

That is another good feature, it shows you how to protect a friend who is being attacked.

Overall, accompanied by the other fighting Method volumes, and also the Tao of Jeet Kune do, this is in my opinion of the best Martial Artist books you could ever get. I cannot highlight any bad points, I don't carte that it has black and white pictures, you don't need colour to see what someone is doing.

Review written by Jack Anderson, 13
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