- Series: Bruce Lee's Fighting Method (Book 2)
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Black Belt Communications (May 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897500512
- ISBN-13: 978-0897500517
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bruce Lee's Fighting Method Basic Training, Vol. 2 Paperback – May 1, 1977
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<DIV><DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Bruce Lee flashed like a meteor through the world of martial arts and motion pictures. On July 20, 1973, the iconic figure died in Hong Kong at the age of 32. He starred in several classic martial arts movies, including The Big Boss, Fists of Fury, Enter the Dragon, and Way of the Dragon.</DIV></DIV>
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This is the second book in a four book series that he and M. Uyehara worked together to produce. This volume is essential for anyone who desires to better understand the specific principles, techniques and tactics of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. This text is organized into five chapters. The first chapter emphasizes the importance of building your body for combat. He explains exercises to build stamina, warm-up movements, flexibility and abdominal exercises. The second chapter explains stances and balance principles. Footwork is covered in chapter three. Chapter four deals with power training and how to develop powerful punches, strikes and kicks. The final chapter focuses on developing speed in your punches and kicks.
In conclusion, if you are interested in the late Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, you will want this book in your personal library, along with his other three volumes.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)
Bruce's style is totally different. Everything is predicated on speed. Strikes are used with the knuckles of the last 3 fingers (middle, ring, and pinky) instead of middle finger and forefinger. Instead of turning the wrist over to at the end of the punch the wrist is kept straight. He used southpaw stance because 80% of the work is done with the lead hand and foot (he was right handed). All these techniques run counter intuitive with western style of boxing.
I appreciate reading about Bruce's workout techniques. It's really the reason I bought this book. I wish there were more. He talked about riding his exercycle, jogging, skipping rope, and a few abdominal exercises. There are numerous other workout techniques that involve a wooden dummy, punching bags, speed bags, etc, however those do not concern me too much. I have already incorporated jump rope into my daily routine which includes situps. I plan to practice hitting an 8 X 11 piece of paper with my elbows to learn body control.
Thanks to Bruce, I now feel like I will have an opportunity to really improve my fitness and coordination but only time will tell as to the results I will achieve.
I give this book 4 stars because it contains information that I can actually use in real life. I docked it one star because it contained too much information on stances (the on-guard stance in particular) which was incredibly boring and not at all what I needed.