The Tao of Gung Fu

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

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Bruce Lee had written the majority of "The Tao of Gung Fu" prior to his death. In it, he gives a thorough examination of martial arts and self defence techniques, and of Eastern and Western approaches to fitness. Of especial interest is a collection of anecdotes on the histories and traditions of the various martial arts of China. The manuscript was finally completed by martial arts expert John Little in co-operation with the Bruce Lee Estate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 14mm | 340.19g
  • Tuttle Publishing
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • pho
  • 0804831106
  • 9780804831109
  • 213,926

Review quote

"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 blogshow more

About John Little

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.show more

Back cover copy

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.show more

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