As I already study Judo, I wanted to learn about other types of martial arts to become more well-rounded. My first pick was Jeet Kune Do which as it turns out, isn't actually a martial art to begin with but a philosophy which I would soon start to pick up.
In my quest to learn the philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, I have found that there are many that are just plain confused about what it is. Many people believe it is a style which it is not. Others think that it's a special way to fight and that is wrong as well.
From what I have read, Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy in which you take what you need from certain styles and rid yourself of the rest. There is no such thing as a Jeet Kune Do fighter. As Lee puts it, "It's just a name." Still, with all the confusion on the interwebs, it was still hard to find someone that knew what the real meaning was.
And so I decided to find out from the man that invented it - Bruce Lee. There is probably no better way to find out what he meant other than to actually obtain his book: "Tao of Jeet Kune Do."
The book is simply excellent. I haven't read it in it's entirety but it is well worth picking up for it's sage advice on life itself even if you don't plan on learning about Jeet Kune Do.
That's enough of that though. The real reason of this blog is to show some of what he was known for: his movies. He was deceptively fast and powerful but he was definetly a great actor as well. So I thought I would go ahead and post a few scenes that I liked.
The first two are from episodes of a show that aired on ABC called "Longstreet." Bruce's job was to teach this man, a blind insurance investigator how to fight. These aren't action packed by any means, but they are powerful.
Bruce Lee on the Pierre Burton Show December 1971
It was annoying the way the interviewer acted to say the least but it was nice seeing Lee. It's also interesting that in the second vid, when Lee punches, the camera can't even keep up. The third features the interviewer becoming a douchebag...
And now Lee practicing the art of butt whoop;
Bruce Lee in: Fists of Fury
Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in: Way of The Dragon
Bruce Lee in: Enter The Dragon