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Bruce Lee The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art

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This is a book that Bruce Lee began writing in 1964, but never completed. Lee's writing reveals his thoughtful analysis of the tapestry of Chinese martial arts, offering glimpses into the varied styles and his commentary on these arts. Lee's intense curiosity led him to accumulate this knowledge and expose the limitations of strict adherence to tradition, which inspired him to develop his cosmopolitan "way of no way."

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Overview

This is a book that Bruce Lee began writing in 1964, but never completed. Lee's writing reveals his thoughtful analysis of the tapestry of Chinese martial arts, offering glimpses into the varied styles and his commentary on these arts. Lee's intense curiosity led him to accumulate this knowledge and expose the limitations of strict adherence to tradition, which inspired him to develop his cosmopolitan "way of no way."

The Tao of Gung Fu includes insights into various Chinese martial arts and training methodologies, sketches of martial arts techniques, Lee's personal scrapbook of his famous thesis, "The Tao of Gung Fu." Witness Lee's personal cultivation of excellence in martial arts. His application of philosophy to physical movements epitomizes the unification of mind and body#8212;a genuine way of living for the martial artist.

Chapters include:

  • What is Gung Fu?—An Introduction to Chinese Gung Fu, On Yin and Yang, and Bridging the Gap of Yin and Yang
  • Some Techniques of Gung Fu—The Fundamentals of Gung Fu, The Basic Striking Points of Gung Fu, Introducing the Wing Chun Straight Punch, and The Practice of Forms
  • Taoism in the Chinese Art of Gung Fu—On Wu-Hsin (No-Mindedness), On Wu Wei (Nondoing), and Centered Thoughts
  • Ideas and Opinions—Traditions and Histories of Chinese Gung Fu, The Question of Psychic Center, and Bruce's view on Gung Fu
  • Appendices—Bruce Lee's gung fu background at the time he wrote this book, Gung Fu terminology, and Letters and gung fu scrapbook
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A wonderful book, at times even fascinating, that not only reveals the depth of Bruce Lee's thoughts on the higher purpose of the martial arts, but also serves as a wonderful introduction to the way of gung fu."—Martial Arts Legends

"The Bruce Lee Library stands as the definitive presentation of Bruce Lee's magnificent legacy. Each volume belongs on the bookshelf of every serious martial artist."—Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804831109
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Bruce Lee Library Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 589,132
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Little is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Bruce Lee, his training methods, and philosophies. Little is the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee's personal notes, sketches, and reading annotations. Little's articles have appeared in every martial arts and health and fitness magazine in North America including Muscle and Fitness. He is the author of Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way, Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon, and many others. A native of Canada, John is an expert in the fields of martial arts, bodybuilding, and physical conditioning.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    More than a way of protection...

    This is a book that gives you the basis for Tao of JKD.Like any Bruce Lee script is an deep contemplation into the way of chinese martial art. People that know what being a true martial artist is, will appreciate this book and its philosophycal insight. It is a brief window to chinese way of thinking. The way that master Lee was so eager to show the world, if one can see beyong the punches and kicks...Is a way of living, the way of the warrior, it is simply gung fu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Tao of gung fu

    The book Bruce lee the tao of gung fu was a good book because Bruce Lee hiself teaches you how to protect yourself from dangerous people. Also the style is gung fu a weapon to becoming a great skill fighter. Bruce Lee is one of the best in teaching chinese martial art's. But Bruce Lee doesent want his learners to just be using the style on any body just use it when needed. Their is three types of gung fu you can learn but to do so you have to be very focus to learn step by step. I recomend the book to anybody because the book is so gooo d it teaches you more than just a book cover. on the other hand if you like a book that breaks things down for you than this is the right book to read. you learn stuff that you never heard befor thats how i know that this book was right for me and now im recomend this book to any body. I got to hand it to the person that wrote this book it was easy to read so i will tell my freinds to check this book out because they will learn something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    Very good but very brief!

    This is not as comprehensive as 'Tao of Jeet Kune Do' but has some interesting insights and rare photos of Bruce demonstrating principles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    The JKD Primer

    What can you say about a book written by Bruce Lee. This one is great. It was the basis for the 'Tao of JKD'. Here he is talking about what he really knows, the way of Chinese martial Arts. This book covers the technical gung fu as well as the philosophy as seen through Mr. Lee's eyes. One of the all time greatest Martial Artist. The diagrams are in his own hand, with his own thoughts. So read his words himself, and get the info direct! You will not want to put this book down. And will read it, over and over again.

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