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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications; Revised edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897501705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897501705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt">Bruce Lee was an iconic figure in martial arts who pioneered the concept of jeet kune do from his physical training, personal research, and formal education in philosophy at the University of Washington, Seattle. He acted in several motion pictures, including The Big Boss, Enter the Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Way of the Dragon. He is the author of Tao of Jeet Kune Do. M. Uyehara is an aikido practitioner and the founder of Black Belt magazine. He served as the owner for more than 30 years and studied jeet kune do under Bruce Lee. He lives near Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Bruce Lee You Are defenently the best ever.
Ed Solivan
Now I know that you are asking yourself if you really need to get this book since you already have the four paperback versions.
Shawn Kovacich
Ofcourse you should find a good sifu/martial arts teacher after you read these books.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since I have previously written reviews on each of the four original paperback volumes, I am going to limit this review to the concept of putting all four paperback volumes into one hardback volume, rather than rehashing the contents of the book(s) since it is the same identical information in each version, although the hardback version has been nicely restored and improved, but more on that later.

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about getting this book since I already owned the four paperback books (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 1: Self-Defense Techniques (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method), Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 2: Basic Training (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method), Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 3: Skill in Techniques (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method), and Bruce Lee's Fighting Method, Vol. 4: Advanced Techniques (Bruce Lee's Fighting Method)) that were used to create this particular book, which encompasses all four paperback volumes into a single hardback volume.

However, after picking this book up and skimming through it I decided to purchase it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on October 28, 2008
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I remember buying these four volume paperback sets in the late 70's. Back then Bruce Lee was my favorite martial artists (with Bill Wallace and Benny Urquidez immediately following). I wanted to fight like Bruce, kia like Bruce, and be a hero like Bruce.

Well, I am not really going to critique this book as a martial arts instruction text, except to briefly note, that while at first glance it may appear to be a primer, there is more written material here then the average primer, which are often nothing more than picture books. Yet, there are some faults, but it must be remembered the time it was written and photographed (1966-1967). It was a huge step-up from Bruce's first book on Gung Fu. Here Bruce is concerned with the application of technique more then technique itself.

Essential topics like power and speed training are discussed (a way ahead of its time). Topics such as speed are re-addressed in other chapters, showing the synthesis of the material presented. Unlike most primers, many definitions of speed are presented and tactics are discussed.

The self-defense volume is the weakness. Some techniques are tried and true, but others are not. There is a forward from Bruce's daughter, Sharon Lee and an introduction by co-author and Black Belt Magazine founder, M. Uyehara.

Functionally, this book should outlast the paperback versions. The binding appears to be terrific. The hard cover should provide a sturdy book for use, travel, and overuse. Like Shawn has noted, the page sizes is larger than its paperback predecessors, making for larger print and photos, in addition to an all around better lay-out.

If you were or are a Bruce Lee fan, then get this book. If not, there is still much to appreciate and learn from and it fits well in any martial artist's library.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Peacock on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got this as a Christmas present. I was so happy with it I read the entire thing in only a few days. I have now bought Tao of Jeet Kune Do to accompany it, of which I also recommend highly

Since the contents of this book is outlined by others who have written reviews, I'll keep this short and to-the-point. Lee was a genius, and this posthumous publication of his notes and pictures shows his revolutionary take on modern martial arts and actual, efficient and no-nonsense self-defense.

Ironically, the self-defense section is riddled with dangerous and unrealistic methods of defending yourself. His overuse of the stopping side kick is one weakness--but its nice to see how his Taekwondo training with Jhoon Rhee shows through (I myself studied TKD for years and admit that the stopping sidekick is very useful in certain situations) and gives a good name to an otherwise disrespected style. Other than that, this book (or rather, collection of books) is perfect. The formatting is a dream and the pictures are big and beautifully clear.

I would definitely recommend this book to any and all dedicated martial artist with an open mind or a interest in Jeet Kune Do. I would not, however, recommend it to a non-martial artist or untrue, insincere followers of the Martial Way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By saveus111 on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is the complete edition of Bruce Lee's fighting method. I chose to buy this copy of the book(s) rather than go out and buy them all in their individual copies. I didn't waste a penny on this valuable information, as anyone can use the methods and techniques presented to protect themselves. I especially liked the self defense section, where Bruce showed some techniques from when you are in a vunerable postion such as sitting in a chair or lying down. I also found the techniques against an armed assailant easier to understand and remember than those of Krav Maga, not that I want to knock down that martial arts system. In all whether or not you are a fan of Bruce Lee, buying this book would not be a mistake. The information presented is easy to understand and remember, and you don't have to really put years of practice to get these techniques down. Jeet Kune Do may be the way to go for people looking for quick and effective self defense that is easy to do and remember. All I have left to say is.....BUY NOW!!!
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