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Tao of Jeet Kune Do: New Expanded Edition Paperback – November 1, 2011
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To this day I wake up at 5:00 am every morning and work on flexiblity and abdominals before I go to school and I feel great! I recently purchased a punching bag to work on applying power to all my techniques as well!
In closing I would say that by reading this book it started a whole revolution in my life, and changed the way that I look at any situation in life. So I can only hope that it does for everyone else what it did for me.
I stood with others at the back of the tournament hall and listened in awe as he talked about having just finished filming Marlow and his plans to leave soon for Hong Kong to begin filming a movie.
Later, I watched him warm-up a great tournament fighter named Luis Delgado. Lee's speed was absolutely incredible. His backfist was nearly imperceptible and his footwork for closing the gap was a blur.
What a loss to the martial arts world that he left us so soon. But we still have this book of his notes. It a wonderful bible, if you will, that will make any martial artist look at his own training to see how some of Lee's ideas can fit.
There will always be the Jackie Chans and Jet Lis who will come along and dazzle us with their screen antics. But Bruce Lee was a seeker of knowledge, a true master of the fighting arts and philosophy. Some of it is in this wonderful book.
As an author of 13 books on the martial arts, I highly recommend this book for every MA library.
While Lee's views on the arts may be controversial, I think that anyone who has studied the arts seriously [ this excludes the black belt factories ) can appreciate the philosophical tone of the work. Too many of us get too into dictated technique and form as well as tradition to appreciate Lee's theories.
Jeet Kune Do is the style that is not a style. One that is infinitely flexible and adaptable to the individual and the situation.
I have been a Bruce Lee fan for 30 years and while I have never had the honor of meeting him or personally seeing him in form, I have been inspired and awed by him.
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do is an inspired and original work and to me embodies the essense of the true martial artist.
They are called the "arts" for a reason. How poor would other arts be if all of the artists merely copied others - I don't mean inspired by others but COPIED others. By and large that is what the so-called kwoons teach these days.One way and one way only, for $$$$$ we guarantee a black belt in 14 months.
Arts by definition are intensly personal and open for interpretation. How rich would the world of culture be today if Michealangelo merely copied Davinci or Monet was discouraged to explore impressionism saying it was not "true art"?
Lee breaks new ground and we who study him are the richer for it.
I recommend this book to any one with a serious interest in the martial arts. Those of you unfortunates stuck in black belt factories please study this book; it will open a new world for you.
In a word: ugh.
All the new formatting is awful. It's like the editors decided to make it more "now" and fashionable but really only succeeded in obscuring the content. Tao of JKD was always somewhat disjointed, but the over-large fonts and formats make it feel stilted now, as if there's less content on each page. I did not like it at all, did not find it readable, and refused to pay the cover price for what I felt was now a worse layout of the book (at least Amazon gives customers a great deal on that last point). I put the book back on the shelf and ordered a used reprint of the original for a third of the New Expanded Edition's current list price from an online seller.
The content of the original is still there, but it's lessened by the new format.
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A true loss to the world, all members of the lee family. Had to have this book the second i learned it existed. I would say you should too.Published 12 days ago by Dane Powers
I am studying Jeet Kune Do while reading this book and I love how it is enhancing my understanding of the reasons behind each move that we do. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Timorris Lane
Had a copy before but lost it, happy to get the expanded edition!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
a great read for any martial artists regardless of what style you may practice. I study mostly Japanese arts but still found this book to be insightful and found multiple practices... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brandon
Its a good book, you will not become kung-fu master but it will help you get there. (coming form a dude that knows nothing about kung-fu)Published 1 month ago by Daniel