Practice, Practice, Practice.
It may surprise you to see Bruce Lee included in a list of people that represent wisdom and greater understanding. However he did in fact study philosophy at the University of Washington and clearly demonstrated how such philosophical wisdom can be applied to any area of life – in this case ‘Martial Arts’. He is also on this list as a reminder that wisdom and insight has little significance unless you transform it into action.
Bruce Lee – born ‘Lee Jun-Fan’ in San Francisco, US in 1940. He departed in 1973. During his short life, he achieved a great deal and became a true Martial Arts legend. He developed his own Martial Arts style known as ‘Jeet Kune Do’ – which literally means ‘the way of the intercepting fist’.
Bruce was totally dedicated to transforming his body-mind into its highest potential. He utilised a range of different approaches – nutritional health practices, weight training, meditation, martial arts, chinese herbs, philosophical study, etc. He was a strong proponent of the idea ‘Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it’ – which is a very intelligent approach to life. He applied this philosophy to his everyday life as well as ‘Jeet Kune Do’ – which attempts to take the most effective ideas and techniques from many of the traditional Martial Arts and utilise them where appropriate.
The philosophical approach of Jeet Kune Do is ‘Using no way as way’ and ‘Having no limitation as limitation’.
Bruce Lee was a man that utilised the potential of who he was, to the very best of his ability. And in so doing, he fulfilled the fundamental purpose of life – to be the best human being that YOU can be.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
“Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.”
“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.”
“Be self aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
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