In Jeet Kune Do, it’s not how much you have learned, but how much you have absorbed from what you have learned. It is not how much fixed knowledge you can accumulate, but what you can apply livingly that counts. ‘Being’ is more valued than "doing".
I have not invented a "new style," composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from "this" method or "that" method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see "ourselves". . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of. Either you understand or you don't, and that is that.There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune Do is being so of itself. There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune Do is simply the direct expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is. Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits. He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back.— Bruce Lee
(September 1971), "Liberate Yourself From Classical Karate", Black Belt Magazine (Rainbow Publications, Inc.) 9 (9): 24.
"To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Ohara Publications
"Do not run away; let go. Do not seek, for it will come when least expected." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Tao of Jeet Kune Do
The perfect way is only difficult for those who pick and choose. Do not like, do not dislike; all will then be clear. Make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart; if you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between "for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease. Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Tao of Jeet Kune Do
"The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Film: (Dragon The Bruce Lee Story. Quotation posted at end of film just before credits)
"The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973), Quotation from the book: (The Art of Jeet Kune Do) by Bruce Lee
"Art lives where absolute freedom is because when it is not, there can be no creativity." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)
"Art requires imagination. It requires Creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life. And your life is expressed in your art." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)
It is like a finger pointing toward the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.
Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)
"True refinement seeks simplicity." Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)