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Get the inside scoop on this epic 3,500-page downloadable collection, news of which garnered an astounding 88,000+ “likes” on the Bruce Lee Facebook page!

The new downloadable Bruce Lee time capsule —Black Belt Magazine: The Bruce Lee Collection— has garnered a big response from Bruce Lee fans online. The official Bruce Lee page on Facebook recently posted an announcement regarding this new landmark collection and found themselves swimming in:

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Bruce Lee and jeet kune do historian Tommy Gong, author of Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist, explores the importance of Lee's legacy as a resource for martial artists who seek to continue their own evolution.

Editor's Note: This text is adapted for Web presentation from Tommy Gong's acclaimed book Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist. The term Jun Fan jeet kune do was adopted in January 1996, during a landmark summit meeting in Seattle with Linda Lee Cadwell and Shannon Lee, along with many of Bruce's first-generation students. This meeting served as the precursor to the formation of the JFJKD Nucleus/Bruce Lee Educational Foundation. Actually, it was Shannon Lee's suggestion to merge the two terms (Jun Fan gung fu and jeet kune do) to describe her father’s complete journey in martial arts, and everyone in attendance unanimously agreed. Jun Fan jeet kune do serves as the definitive case study for Jun Fan gung fu and jeet kune do because it endeavors to give a clear and accurate picture of Bruce Lee’s legacy to martial arts — physically, scientifically and philosophically.

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In an exclusive video interview filmed at Black Belt, "Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist" author Tommy Gong discusses how the jeet kune do founder became and remains one of the world's most influential martial artists.

In his new book Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist, author Tommy Gong chronicles the path of the Enter the Dragon star and jeet kune do founder's progression in martial arts techniques and training methods, painting a portrait of a man seeking — and eventually finding — a philosophy of self-actualization. His efforts were aided by unprecedented access to the archives at Bruce Lee Enterprises, from which he pulled rare and unique photos, letters and personal writings. He also had access to Lee's childhood classmates, former students and family friends. The result is a new book that provides what Linda Lee Cadwell, Bruce Lee's widow, calls, "the story of a remarkable man ... [that] lays out a blueprint that will inspire the reader to create his or her own path to success." In this exclusive video filmed at Black Belt, Gong talks about Bruce Lee's path to success, detailing what he calls a "perfect storm" of circumstance, family history and personal ambition for Lee to go from "Bruce Lee: martial arts instructor and TV actor" to "Bruce Lee: martial arts icon and movie star."

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As 2013 draws to a close, we take a look at this icon's life and legacy, examining four of his essential books and why they matter for your martial arts training and philosophy development.

This article is for the new martial artist — the young student who saw Enter the Dragon on Spike TV recently and said, "Whoa! I wanna do that!" It's for the young man or woman who keeps hearing the name "Bruce Lee" and doesn't quite know who people are talking about (yet). It's for the parent who's wondering what serious, high-quality martial arts technique and philosophy books to buy for his or her young son or daughter. (Or you can give them cash via the new Black Belt Store E-Gift Card and let them choose their own, of course!) After having worked here at the one-and-only Black Belt magazine for more than a decade, I've been staring at Bruce Lee day in and day out for a long time. So I thought it was time to take a look at exactly why these Bruce Lee training and philosophy books were so well-regarded, what they offered readers and why martial artists should have them in their collections as go-to references for their continuing evolutions as combatants, self-defenders and martial practitioners on all three levels: spiritually, mentally and, of course, physically. NOTE: All these Bruce Lee books are available in print and as digital e-book downloads!

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