BRUCE LEE Martial Artist

November 27, 1940 San Francisco - July 20, 1973 Hong Kong

BRUCE LEE, the man and the martial artist, whose philosophy of JEET KUNE DO was a departure from the traditional "classical" technique in an effort to "simplify" movement through freedom of self-expression. His filmography is all too brief.

"IN MEMORY OF A ONCE FLUID MAN CRAMMED AND DISTORTED BY THE CLASSICAL MESS"
(the above epitaph written by BRUCE LEE appears on the small plastic replica grave that he displayed in his martial arts school)

BRUCE LEE FILMOGRAPHY (Western film titles are shown in parenthesis):

"The Big Boss" [1971] ("Fists Of Fury")

"Fist Of Fury" [1972] ("Chinese Connection")

"The Way Of The Dragon" [1973] ("Return Of The Dragon") {Directed by BRUCE LEE}

"Enter The Dragon" [1973]

"Game Of Death" [1979] {only twelve minutes of BRUCE LEE}

"The Green Hornet" September 9, 1966-July 14, 1967 [ABC Network 7:30pm-8:00pm Fridays]
(BRUCE LEE played Kato; Van Williams played Britt Reid/The Green Hornet)

MARLOWE [1969] (Director: Paul Bogart) BRUCE LEE "goes to new heights" as he attacks James Garner who stars as L.A. detective Philip Marlowe in the film based on the Raymond Chandler novel "The Little Sister"

ENTER THE DRAGON (Two-Disc DVD Special Edition) (1973)

Starring: Bruce Lee

Director: Robert Clouse

DVD Disc One:

Enter The Dragon (Digitally remastered movie including scenes that were cut from the original theatrical release) 102 Minutes

Blood and Steel: The Making of ETD (2003) (30 minutes)

Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (1998)

Original Featurette (1973)

Linda Lee Cadwell Interview Gallery

Vintage Home Movie Footage Backyard Workout with Bruce

DVD Disc Two:

Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (Previously unreleased Game of Death footage with original Game of Death storyline) (2000, 100 minutes)

Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon (Documentary) (1993, 87 minutes) (John Little documentary)

Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots

 

BRUCE LEE philosophy of JEET KUNE DO is The Way Of The Intercepting Fist (non-classical)

The Only Secret To Martial Arts: willingness to train hard enough to cultivate one’s own inate abilities

ECONOMY OF MOTION

SIMPLICITY

DIRECTNESS

USING NO WAY AS WAY

HAVING NO LIMITATION AS LIMITATION

 

From "TAO of JEET KUNE DO" by BRUCE LEE (Copyright 1975 by Linda Lee):

The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment.

The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world, to state in aesthetic creation the deepest psychic and personal experiences of a human being. It is to enable those experiences to be intelligible and generally recognized within the total framework of an ideal world.

Art is an expression of life and transcends both time and space. We must employ our own souls through art to give a new form and a new meaning to nature or the world. "Artless art" is the artistic process within the artist; its meaning is "art of the soul".

The art of Jeet Kune Do is simply to simplify. Jeet Kune Do avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex, goes to the heart of the problem and pinpoints the key factors. Empty your cup that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.

When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow - you are not understanding yourself.

Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.

A Jeet Kune Do man faces reality and not crystallization of form. The tool is a tool of formless form. Self-expression is total, immediate, without conception of time, and you can only express that if you are free, physically and mentally, from fragmentation.

The Jeet Kune Do man should be on the alert to meet the interchangeability of opposites. As soon as his mind "stops" with either of them, it loses its own fluidity. A Jeet Kune Do man should keep his mind always in the state of emptiness so that his freedom in action will never be obstructed.

Jeet Kune Do, ultimately, is not a matter of petty technique but of highly developed personal spirituality and physique. It is not a question of developing what has already been developed but of recovering what has been left behind. These things have been with us, in us, all the time and have never been lost or distorted except by our misguided manipulation of them. Jeet Kune Do is not a matter of technology but of spiritual insight and training.

The tools are at an undifferentiated center of a circle that has no circumference, moving and yet not moving, in tension and yet relaxed, seeing everything happening and yet not at all anxious about its outcome, with nothing purposely designed, nothing consciously calculated, no anticipation, no expectation - in short, standing innocently like a baby and yet, with all the cunning, subterfuge and keen intelligence of a fully mature mind.

I hope martial artists are more interested in the root of martial arts and not the different decorative branches, flowers or leaves.

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