Thread: Tao Of JKD: Worth the read?
2/25/2004 12:47am, #1
Tao Of JKD: Worth the read?
I don't believe a lot of the hype around Bruce Lee (which thankfully, it appears a fair percent of this board shares this POV), and I'm aware that most of the stuff that comprises the Tao is "bastardized philosophy" that Lee took without citing (to be fair, he never really intended for his notes to be published).
That being said, I'm sitll curious if the Tao is worth picking up. Anyone who's read it, what were your thoughts? Would you suggest another book over it? What do you think the book acomplishes?
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2/25/2004 12:51am, #2
It's neat to see some of his drawings and his notes. The philosophy and strategies are good. A lot of people say that it is essential reading for a Martial Artist. I really didn't get that much out of it. Go take a look at it at a book store and see for yourself. Or maybe check it out at the library.
2/25/2004 1:01am, #3
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it seems interesting, shame no where around here sell the book, and i don't really want to order it online.
2/25/2004 1:02am, #4
I've read it.... it bored me, to be honest, and this was back when I was really fascinated by the man.Click To Get My Free Training Newsletter... Do It NOW!
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2/25/2004 1:08am, #5
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I found it interesting, but some of the more technical material seemed to me like he was just over analysing combat. The ideas that he borrowed from fencing may have worked for him but when I read his explanations of them and their application it seemed a little too clouded and by-the-numbers. I doubt the average fighter would remember that stuff about cadence and the beat and the riposte in a bar brawl.
2/25/2004 1:08am, #6
I am a Bruce Lee fan.
His 'books' are notes he wrote down in the mid 60s. If you're a fan, they can be a fun read.
There is nothing in them that isn't explained in detail on the net in the million of Lee and JKD sites you can find.
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2/25/2004 1:20am, #7
You can pick it up for less than $5 from amazon. I think it's definitely worth a read. It strikes me as pretty amazing the amount of research. Of course, for more in-depth looks, check out some of the numerous articles on the various sources the book is drawn from. Even with sketchy drawings and a few things we wouldn't look kindly on now as far as Strength and Conditioning goes, I think it's a valuable read.
2/25/2004 1:48am, #8
yeah..it's worth a read. Just know some of his notes may contridict other because one may have been written a couple of years before another and his ideals changed. Just like any other person..if you look back on yourself 3 years back, your probably a bit different than what you are now...even if you still are a god damn idiot. his note weren't meant to be published, at least not at the time of demise. Take what can help you and leave the rest.~Whatever Happens, Happens.~
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2/25/2004 1:55am, #9
Originally Posted by ggboxer
2/25/2004 3:55am, #10
I've read it, great book
And for more reasons than just martial arts. It helped me realize that Bruce Lee was such a good philosopher on top of his martial arts training.
There is stuff in there that I still remember and use in life today after all these years. The kind of stuff about, not hesitating, not analysing life, and not listening to your meaningless mind chatter. Great stuff, and it can be applied to all aspects of life, not just MA.
I really enjoyed that book and highly recommend it.
You bringing it up kind of makes me want to read it again even.