Because of the enigmatic nature of Bruce Lee’s teachings and the ever-changing way he viewed combat, practically everyone in the modern jeet kune do community has a different bit of Bruce Lee in their cup. Black Belt interviewed prominent JKD instructors to ask what they thought Bruce Lee was really trying to say. In BlackBeltMag.com's new FREE Guide, Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy, read their opinions on their 10 chosen Bruce Lee quotes and what they learned about Bruce Lee’s fighting style. Part of what made the Bruce Lee philosophy so revolutionary was the belief that a martial artist could not learn anything new if he was already full of traditional and classical teachings.


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In Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy, Black Belt asked 10 of the most prominent jeet kune do masters — such as Taky Kimura, Ted Wong and Richard Bustillo — about the Bruce Lee quotes that shaped their perception and practice of martial arts. Richard Bustillo: His Take on the Bruce Lee Philosophy That Style Limits Growth At age 24, Richard Bustillo began studying JKD under Bruce Lee in Los Angeles’ Chinatown area. The Bruce Lee philosophy he learned continuously emphasized the limitations of following a single established style. “From Bruce’s beliefs regarding established styles, I learned to train with an open mind,” Richard Bustillo says. Get your copy of this FREE Guide — Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy — and you’ll understand how the Bruce Lee philosophy of examining other arts served to enhance jeet kune do techniques as practiced by Richard Bustillo, Taky Kimura, Ted Wong and others!

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How Bruce Lee Quotes Helped Show Taky Kimura the Bruce Lee Philosophy for Living An important element in Bruce Lee’s philosophy was that “[y]ou have to be honest with yourself.” This piece of wisdom became a way of life for Taky Kimura. Bruce Lee taught Taky Kimura to understand who he was as a human being. “Bruce encouraged me to conquer the insecurity within myself and to realize that I am a person, [that] I am no better or worse than anyone else,” says Taky Kimura. In Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy, find out how the Bruce Lee philosophy for living shaped Taky Kimura into the martial artist he is today. Ted Wong: His Favorite Bruce Lee Idea Directly Referenced Jeet Kune Do Techniques The late Ted Wong met Bruce Lee in Los Angeles in 1967. There, he learned one of the most important jeet kune do techniques — the leading straight punch. “Bruce would say that the leading straight punch is the backbone of all punching in jeet kune do,” Ted Wong said. Ted Wong also commented that although it is not the end-all of combat, such jeet kune do techniques are essential to developing effective skills in any type of fighting. Get your copy of Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy and learn what other valuable insight about jeet kune do techniques Bruce Lee bestowed on students such as Ted Wong, Richard Bustillo, Taky Kimura and others! With this new FREE Guide, you have the chance to learn more about Bruce Lee philosophy of martial arts training and his unique perspective to life and the martial arts as discussed by Richard Bustillo, Taky Kimura, Ted Wong and other top jeet kune do masters!
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