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

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

Paperback Bruce Lee Library

By (author) Bruce Lee, Volume editor John Little

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 14mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 22 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0804831106
  • ISBN 13: 9780804831109
  • Edition statement: Original ed.
  • Illustrations note: pho
  • Sales rank: 276,400

Product description

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 YangSome 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 FormsTaoism in the Chinese Art of Gung Fu--On Wu-Hsin (No-Mindedness), On Wu Wei (Nondoing), and Centered ThoughtsIdeas and Opinions--Traditions and Histories of Chinese Gung Fu, The Question of Psychic Center, and Bruce's view on Gung FuAppendices--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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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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"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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This is a book that Bruce Lee began writing in 1964, but never published. While written over 30 years ago, its publication now is truly a landmark event, as it not only offers glimpses into the many martial arts of China but also offers Lee's own interpretations and comments on these arts. Available for the first time, The Tao of Gung Fu includes not only insights into and descriptions of various Chinese martial arts, but Eastern and Western fitness methodologies, the difference between external and internal martial methods, sketches of martial arts and self-defense techniques, a contrast of various gung fu schools in China, Lee's personal scrapbook, and his famous thesis "The Tao of Gung Fu" which he wrote while attending the University of Washington.