Seven FREE downloads offer a variety of perspectives about the late jeet kune do master's techniques, philosophy, movies and continuing influence on the world of traditional and mixed martial arts.

In the martial arts universe, no star shines more brightly than Bruce Lee. Probably no Bruce Lee biography could satisfy fans' hunger for more Bruce Lee quotes, information about Bruce Lee movies and opinions about Bruce Lee's fighting style and philosophy. In this special series of Free Guides, you'll find a plethora of Bruce Lee facts. With reports including a Bruce Lee biography, an examination of Bruce Lee's fighting style and trivia from Bruce Lee movies — as well as a look at 10 jeet kune do masters' take on 10 Bruce Lee quotes and the lessons they learned from them — this is your one-stop destination for FREE Bruce Lee facts!


BRUCE LEE MOVIES The Making of Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee’s final martial arts movie, Enter the Dragon, was the first Chinese martial arts film to be undertaken by a major Hollywood studio. In this exclusive look back at Fred Weintraub’s production of this blockbuster martial arts action masterpiece, learn how the film was made, how they captured Bruce Lee’s awesome speed on film and what obstacles nearly stopped production in its tracks! Bruce Lee Movies: The Making of Enter the Dragon includes rare photos of Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly and other stars from the film.

BRUCE LEE QUOTES 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee's Philosophy

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 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.

OUR BRUCE LEE MOVIES LIST Little-Known Trivia From Bruce Lee's Pictures

Think you know everything about Bruce Lee’s movies? Become the ultimate Bruce Lee movie guru with our FREE guide. With Our Bruce Lee Movies List: Little-Known Trivia From Bruce Lee’s Pictures, you’ll be able to impress your friends with Bruce Lee facts that no one else knows. Find out: How much did Bruce Lee earn for his first two starring roles? Which of Bruce Lee’s co-stars was imprisoned for stabbing his wife 10 times? Who choreographed the famous fight scene between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris? ... and more Bruce Lee facts!

BRUCE LEE'S BIOGRAPHY AND THE BIRTH OF TAO OF JEET KUNE DO

In this mini-Bruce Lee biography, find out what inspired the Bruce Lee fighting style and revolutionized the martial arts universe. In this FREE guide — Bruce Lee’s Biography and the Birth of Tao of Jeet Kune Do — as told by Linda Lee Cadwell, you’ll discover how the documentation of Bruce Lee's fighting style came into being. This Bruce Lee biography full of Bruce Lee facts makes a great companion to the upcoming expanded video documentary about Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition.

BRUCE LEE TRAINING RESEARCH How Boxing Influenced His Jeet Kune Do Techniques

Were the boxing techniques of Muhammad Ali an inspiration for the jeet kune do punches in Bruce Lee's fighting style? Perhaps one of the lesser-known Bruce Lee facts: He competed in boxing matches throughout high school. That study later influenced his jeet kune do punches. How? In this FREE Guide — Bruce Lee Training Research: How Boxing Influenced His Jeet Kune Do TechniquesDan lnosanto and Richard Bustillo, two of Bruce Lee’s most famous students, discuss boxing's influence on his jeet kune do punches.

BRUCE LEE CO-STAR SPEAKS Jim Kelly on Co-Starring in Enter the Dragon and More

In Jim Kelly: Martial Artist and Co-Star of the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon — A Vintage Interview, BlackBeltMag.com presents a digital “retro” reproduction of the 1970s movie star’s cover story in Fighting Stars magazine. This exclusive e-book includes a movie review of the Jim Kelly film Hot Potato, as well as BONUS archival photos of the actor and martial artist on and off the set!

BRUCE LEE'S ART TAKEN IN NEW DIRECTIONS Dan Inosanto on JKD Techniques for Grappling and More

Bruce Lee student Dan Inosanto focuses on the fourth range of combat — grappling — in this in-depth discussion of modern jeet kune do. Learn how it was practiced during Lee’s life and how Inosanto practices it now. This FREE Guide — Dan Inosanto on Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do Techniques for Grappling and New Directions for JKD Training — includes four jeet kune do grappling techniques demonstrated by Inosanto!

MORE BRUCE LEE Books, DVDs, E-Books and Video Downloads About Bruce Lee and Jeet Kune Do

Books (and e-books) such as Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition, Bruce Lee's Fighting Method: The Complete Edition and Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense — Revised and Updated bring this icon's philosophical and physical teachings to life, while books and DVDs featuring first-generation Bruce Lee students such as Dan Inosanto, Ted Wong and Richard Bustillo — and JKD practitioners from further down the lineage such as Tim Tackett and Lamar M. Davis II — carry on the evolutionary tradition of the "way of the intercepting fist." Check out these links for material you may find interesting:
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Do you want to maximize your self defense skills? Learn the game of combat chess and most importantly the queen of all moves.

Allow me to intercept those who would object to the title of this article. I'm not claiming that there's a secret move, shortcut or hack that will give you the edge in any fight. Even if there was an ultimate weapon or strategy, you likely would avoid it because you
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Looking to buy some weights to gain some strength?

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Let's face it, when we do want to work on some strength building, we don't want to go around shopping for 20 different weight equipment things. That would just not want us to even do any sort of strength training. But what if we only needed a few, a few that can do the things we want without having 20 things lay around? That's where the GRIPBELL comes in. Let me clarify with you first, these are not some heavy duty, muscle exploding weights, they are for building the level of strength we as martial artists want without going crazy and insane in bulk sizing!

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Many different types of "blocks" are taught in most martial arts school. We are taught high blocks, low blocks, middle blocks, knife hand blocks, etc. Some schools will also teach how to use the legs to block an attack, as well.

The purpose of this writing is to possibly open some minds to the possibilities of going outside the box and considering alternatives to the basics.

Blocking is taught as a way of protecting oneself from harm. Truly, we don't "block" anything, as a non-martial artist would think of it. What we call "blocking" is more of a redirection of an opponent's attack, or even a counterstrike against the opponent's attacking limb.

To block something would mean to put something, like your arm, leg or other body part directly in front of the attack. That would certainly hurt and possibly cause some damage. The goal should be to move the attack out of the way in order to prevent injury and provide a way to fight back. For example, many schools teach blocks as a limb moving toward the strike such as a circular high block.

The movement required for a block might have other uses, if you keep an open mind. The blocking techniques can also be used as attack techniques. For example, your "low block" may be used as a striking technique against the outer thigh of the attacker. Your high block might be used as a strike to the jaw. The set up for a block can be used as a deflection, as well as the actual block.

Doing a block or a series of blocks will most likely not end an attack. A block needs to be followed by a counterattack. While the block is usually taught as a separate technique in order to learn it correctly, it should also be used in combination with a counter.

The more you know, the more you realize how much you don't know. Intensive books can and have be written about basic techniques. With this writing, I am hoping to create interest in exploring the additional possibilities for what we have been taught and what we teach others.

About Grand Master Stevens

GM Stevens has been training in taekwondo for 47 years under the tutelage of the late legendary Grand Master Richard Chun. He holds an 8th degree black belt and is certified in the USA and in Korea. Grand Master Stevens is a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Richard Chun TaeKwonDo World Headquarters organization. He has been very active in his community and has been a volunteer with the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over 11 years. He is a certified member of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).

Gary Stevens Taekwondo is located at 175 Rock Road in Glen Rock, New Jersey.

For more information: call (201) 670-7263, email: StevensTKD@aol.com or go to www.StevensTaeKwonDo.com

Having partners at or above your skill level is important for improving in your martial arts training. At some point, however, you will probably find yourself with a shortage of skilled partners, especially if you are an instructor.

This can happen for any number of reasons: students can move away, change their work schedules, start a family, etc., and just like that, you find that you're the highest-ranked student, or sole instructor, in your gym or dojo. This doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, if you take advantage of it, even working exclusively with lower-ranking classmates or students can improve your skills.

I used to host a twice-a-week training session at my dojo where I invited mostly black belts from other schools (as well as a few of my advanced students) to come and run drills. It was a blast. These were tough two- to three-hour sessions where I got to work with fighters of all different sizes, speeds, and technique preferences. My sparring improved dramatically over the next few months, and I don't think I've ever been in better shape. But unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. And as the old saying goes, "You gotta work with what ya got." So, make it hard on yourself.

I like to set handicaps when fighting my students. Specifically, I focus on forcing myself to work on improving my weak areas. Is you right leg weaker than the left? Then only kick with the right leg when sparring your students. Not much of an inside fighter? Don't kick at all. Training with partners of lesser skill not only helps you improve your weak points but gives them an opportunity to improve as well by working on strategy. It's also great for building their confidence. It can also be a low-cost opportunity to test new techniques and combinations, which benefits you as well.

In grappling, just like sparring, there is little benefit to wrapping lower ranking classmates into pretzels over and over, for them or you. Instead, let your partner put you in a bad situation. Let them get the mount; help them sink in that choke or armbar. If you start standing, such as in judo, allow your partner to get the superior grip before attempting a throw. This way you will get comfortable working out of a weaker position and your less-experienced partner can perfect their technique (and get experience using multiple techniques, if you get out of their first one).

You might think that giving advantages like these to students who may be far beneath your skill level is much of a challenge. Trust me, you'll reconsider that sentiment when you wind up sparring a 6'5" novice with zero control over his strength after deciding to only use your weak leg, or have a 250-pound green belt lying across your diaphragm trying to get an armlock after you let them get the pin. Remember, this is exactly what you signed up for: a challenge.

If you find yourself at the top of the heap without partners who are sufficiently challenging, there is no need to despair. Use it as a low-stress opportunity to improve your weaknesses and develop avenues to help your less experienced classmates and students to grow. You may even be surprised. One day they might present more of a challenge than you ever imagined!
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