In 1966 Bruce lee started work on compiling information abouthis Jeet Kune Do system of fighting.It was to cover his philosophy, fighting methods and training.At some point Bruce Lee decided he did not want to publishthis information because he did not want other martial artsinstructors to use the information to promote themselves.Supposedly some instructors had already tried to use Bruce’sname in order to promote their business.
After Bruce Lee died his widow Linda contacted MitoshiUyehara, who was the founder and owner of “Black BeltMagazine” to help in compiling all of Bruce’s info into abook.Bruce Lee had contributed some articles to the magazineand he and Uyehara had become friends.Uyehara helped compile all the information Bruce hadworked so it could be used for publication.
The book that derived from Bruce Lee’s info was called“Bruce Lee’s Fighting Methods” and was available in1978.The publication contained 4 volumes; Self-DefenseTechniques, Basic Training, Skill in Techniques andAdvanced Techniques.It was also available as a hardback book which containedall the volumes together.
In 2003 “Black Belt Magazine” re-released thehardback edition which had not been available since1981.The book was updated with an introduction byBruce’s daughter Shannon and a new chapter called“Five Ways of Attack” by a first generation student ofBruce Lee named Ted Wong.Wong can be seen in many of the pictures found in“Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method” which where takenabout the time Bruce was compiling the information.
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