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

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Tuttle Publishing, Nov 15, 1997 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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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."

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—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
This Bruce Lee Book is part of Tuttle Publishing's Bruce Lee Library which also features:
  • Bruce Lee's Striking Thoughts
  • Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon
  • Bruce Lee Artist of Life
  • Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body
  • Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do

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

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I truly believe Bruce Lee is one of the greatest martial arts of all time . This book is a glimpse into the mind of genius . Read full review

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

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This is a really good book. Especially for me. Bruce Lee is an idol of mine. And his book teaches not only martial arts and self defense but it also shows you how you should live your life. With happiness. The book also told parts and struggles through his life. I absolutely love this book. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

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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