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Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do is the best-selling martial arts book in the world. You knew that. But what you might not have known is it almost didn't get published.

Ask any martial artist to name the best-selling martial arts book of all time, and chances are he or she will say Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee.

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To say that Bruce Lee was ahead of his time in terms of martial arts techniques and physical training would be an understatement, yet it's worth examining how much of his work was on the cutting edge.

In all the Bruce Lee biographies that have been written, one theme stands out: He was ahead of his time in terms of both martial arts and physical training. The list of professional athletes, media icons and everyday martial artists who have been inspired by his teachings is impressive — for good reason. When Lee moved, he embodied the perfect combination of efficiency, effectiveness and aesthetics. What made all that possible was his approach to physical development and health sustainment. With respect to that, a couple of aspects have always stood out. The August/September 2015 issue of Black Belt, on sale until September 20. First up is Bruce Lee’s scientific approach to martial arts training, which is well-documented in Tao of Jeet Kune Do, his comprehensive treatise on the art of fighting. By combining teachings from the East and the West, he laid the groundwork for a martial arts curriculum that addresses all aspects of the pursuit, including the spiritual/philosophical foundation, warm-up routine, psychology, and offense and defense. Bruce Lee could do this because he was an academic at heart. He researched, analyzed, synthesized and documented his thought processes and findings. And he applied physics to his theories before he made them his conclusions. By being scientific, he was able to arrive at indisputable conclusions about what worked and what didn’t.

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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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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!

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