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Throughout my study of martial arts and sports I have found that Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s conceptual martial art) is a philosophy that transcends the physical aspirations of its followers. Understanding that ‘No way is Way’ injects a continuous movement forward, only looking back to check you are on the right path. I look back every now and then at the ‘Tao of Jeet Kune Do’ which I find is probably Bruce Lee’s best written works.
The key thing for me is the development and constant growth in no matter what subject you are pursuing – Bruce Lee was a true advocate of this process and this is never more noticeable than in his films where he displays that a martial artist should be adaptable to changes in their environment, peoples characters and pugilistic systems.
“Knowledge in martial arts actually means self-knowledge. A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing. The understanding of JKD is through personal feeling from movement to movement in the mirror of the relationship and not through a process of isolation. To be is to be related. To isolate is death. To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phoney things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that is very hard to do” ~ Bruce Lee