The modern martial arts mystery
Why then is there so much confusion as to who he really was and represented. Much of this remains a mystery, but there are three primary elements that seem to fuel the “Lost Art” phenomenon within Jeet Kune Do.
- Bruce Lee, himself an enigma, subscribed to the Eastern dualistic model of thought that describes completely opposing views as part of a unified whole.
- Most Martial Artists are completely lost on the personal development aspect of Bruce Lee’s philosophy, promoting a lopsided view.
- The lack of synergy and cohesion between first generation JKD students creates disharmony among practitioners and obscurity within the virtual JKD compendium.
The solution How can we, as martial artists, solve this dilemma and help preserve Bruce Lee’s original Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do for future generations?
- Setting aside egos and being truthful about what is known and unknown
- Being open to other’s interpretations and input, regardless of background
- Referencing sources and time periods
- Keeping discussions within the context of the appropriate Bruce Lee era
- Acting from a place of harmony and trust rather than anger or fear
- Basing exchanges on practicality over theoretics
- Being respectful and courteous
Personally, I model my actions after my mentors at the Wednesday Night Group, reigning in political issues and focusing on what counts — preserving and promoting the art of Jeet Kune Do. Walk on!
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