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Bruce Lee’s Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense

We recently reimagined Bruce Lee’s Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense with new text, digitally remastered photos, never-before-seen images and a brand-new cover.

This new edition of the landmark book gives martial arts enthusiasts and collectors exactly what they want: more Bruce Lee.

In addition to the master’s insightful explanations on gung fu, this book features digitally enhanced photography, previously unpublished Bruce Lee pictures with the Little Dragon’s original handwritten notes, a brand-new front and back cover, and introductions by widow Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon Lee.

This new modern edition of the 1963 classic preserves the authority and charm of Lee’s original language. This official reproduction––as sanctioned by Shannon Lee and Bruce Lee Enterprises––features Chinese characters written by the author and painstakingly scanned for this project as well as vintage photographs from Bruce Lee’s personal collections.

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Chinese Gung Fu also comes to life through captioned photo sequences and Bruce Lee’s own hand-drawn diagrams that demonstrate a variety of training exercises and fighting techniques, ranging from basic gung fu stances, waist and leg training, single- and multiple-opponent scenarios as well as an essay on the theory of yin and yang.

In addition, Chinese Gung Fu includes the testimonials from the first edition by James Y. Lee, the legendary Ed Parker, and jujutsu icon Wally Jay as well as contemporary introductions by Linda Lee Cadwell and Shannon Lee to help contextualize this iconic work.

Recently discovered pictures from a lost photo session, which are described by Lee in his own handwriting, round out this new edition of Chinese Gung Fu.

We thoroughly enjoyed recreating this timeless classic by one of the greatest masters in martial arts. Your financial support provides us with the opportunity to pursue projects like this one, so if you’re interested in Bruce Lee or kung fu, please spend a few moments checking out Chinese Gung Fu in our online store — now available in both print and e-book formats!


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  1. Nyai says

    The more I find out, I realized that wing chun is an offshoot of techniques from Shaolin Kung fu. It was taught to wing chun by a shaolin nun. I originally wanted to learn wing chun, but I figured it would be better to go to the source, and get a more complete martial art system. I suspect Bruce didn’t know much about Kung fu outside of wing chun. Apparently he didn’t believe a lot of it was useful, and maybe didn’t have a comprehensive understanding of chi. He was fast and could do powerful punches from closeup, so I am not sure. But like Wong Jack Man, who did traditional Shaolin Kung fu. To this day I feel he has had epic misunderstandings about who he was and what happened when they fought back in 64, perpetuated by Linda Lee and whoever believed her. The biggest tell is people don’t abandon their fighting art in disgust after winning a fight in under 2 or 3 minutes. It is just one of those iconic notions that continue to be accepted without question.

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