CHAPTER 1: INFLUENCES | JKD THE WAY OF SIMPLICITY

CHAPTER 1: INFLUENCES

This first chapter is about what influenced Bruce Lee in his development as a martial artist. Lee was an investigator who came to explore various approaches in order to better explain and define his peculiar way to see both life and the art of fighting. As to philosophy, his thinking was influenced by western and oriental thinkers, but as far as combative focusing is concerned, his two major sources of influence in the creación of his method came from western disciplines: boxing and fencing.

In his martial evolution, Bruce came up with a coherent creation that mainly incorporated aspects of such two arts while being the outcome of his own experience. As a consequence, a creation was born that neither is boxing nor fencing, but a genuine and particular product defined by its own characteristics.

Much has been said about the different sources to which Bruce Lee resorted to create Jeet Kune Do, and much of this information is flawed, like the one stating JKD is the result of a mixture of 26 styles. Doubtlessly, Bruce studied various fighting arts, but his study was based on a more global focussing and less specific ones, namely different methods of strategy, ways of attack and defense, ways to get in and out from various distances… According to Ted Wong, the main reason why Bruce studied different forms of fighting was to learn how to deal with fighters of specific features. By no means did he come to deepen in each of those systems, but his clinical eye told him what to single out for his own development as a martial artist.

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