Bruce Lee was the first, and still the greatest, martial arts star of all time. But aside from his persona as an actor and performer, he was also one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. This book is an intimate look at Bruce Lee - the man, the martial artist, the teacher, and the performer. Bruce Lee's fears, aspirations, his genius and his frailties are revealed by those who knew him best - from students and friends who were with him when he was just beginning to teach and develop Jeet Kune Do, to the Hollywood insiders who helped him become a star. Included are reminisces from Dan Inosanto, Ted Wong, Asian boxing champion Dan Lee, screenwriter Sterling Silliphant, and many others.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Excellent Comment: One of the best books on JKD ever written. It is brilliant to just let the JKD experts talk. They contradict each other a bit, and their views overlap a lot. It is fascinating to me as a JKD guy to see all the differing views out there on JKD. The photos in the book highlight the techniques well. This is a really great book, it is FULL of great insights into JKD. Customer Rating: Summary: One of the best books on JKD History period Comment: In this book you will learn about bruce lee and JKD straight from the people who knew him best. It is very interesting to see how he positively affected so many lives. His art is explained by those who learned at the "masters" feet! Each one of them exemplifies a certain aspect and concept of JKD and it is through them that JKD continues to prosper. Customer Rating: Summary: Highly enlightening and enjoyable reading Comment: The interview with Chris Kent alone is worth the price of the book. I've only just bought the book, and have just read that chapter today, and I will most likely finish the rest of it by the end of tomorrow. I highly recommend this book, specifically the Chris Kent interview, to anyone who wants to improve their understanding of Jeet Kune Do. Customer Rating: Summary: A MUST READ FOR THE JKD ENTHUSIAST Comment: This is a most excellent work rendered by a really competent craftsman when it comes to the written word. The book is enlightening, interesting, and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it hard to put down. The subjects have some diverse, and fascinating perspectives upon their take on Bruce Lee's martial art of Jeet Kune Do. It is that very diversity that enriches us, the readers of this worthy tome. Get it. Read it.
THE CHINA HAND GUNG-FU CLUB
"Gung-Fu is Gung-Fu. It's not child's play."
-Bruce Lee as Kato
Customer Rating: Summary: Most informative book on JKD thus far Comment: I've read maybe a dozen books on JKD and at least twice that many on Bruce himself, but this is the most informative book on JKD I've ever read. I've heard all the quotes hundreds of times, "Using no way as a way; having no limitation as limitation", but for the first time I really feel like I understand what Bruce meant. JKD is hard to describe, and even now (I don't remotely think myself an expert), I'd still have trouble trying to explain it, but after reading this book containing interviews with Bruce's friends, students and people carrying on the JKD legacy, it's all starting to make sense. What I thought I knew was a bit off, and as corny as it sometimes sounds, I can finally grasp what is meant by JKD being a way of life. Always being open to new things, never limiting yourself to any specific idea. A person eating Corn Pops all his life may never know the joys of Apple Jacks..and that's just sad. But seriously, if you have any questions about JKD, this book is a great start to understanding.