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Bruce Lee provides a description of many of the forms of gung fu, some techniques, some history, and the common sense approach to learning martial arts. The philosophical intertwining of Taoism and gung fu is expressed simply and straightforward. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in martial arts.
This is a good book in that a reader can get a clearer idea of who Bruce Lee was. One reviewer was quite rude and unfair to Bruce Lee, took offense to the man as though he had written the book. Bruce Lee's writings were made into a book, Bruce Lee did not write nor construct the book. So appreciating that fact, it's fair to say that a reader gets a pretty good idea as to what type of prerson Bruce Lee was. Bruce Lee did study philosphy and he shared a lot of what he learned from others as well as his own personal views and opinions. Any true Bruce Lee fan knows Bruce never presented himself as "the one who knew everything" he tried to inspire and/or guide people to be themselves, find the true meaning of themselves an not be fixed, labeled, a copy, tied to any set thing or boxed into something with no way for self expression. And not just to be applied to the Martial Arts but in life as well. I think the insulting reader was confused by the deeper meaning of Bruce's writings and what he preceived to be "Bruce the great philosopher". The reader didn't get the real message, that if there is value in any book, as there is with this book (better insight and inspiration)then it should be recommended. Bruce Lee's writings should be appreciated for the content of what was originally from Bruce, his writings in this book should be looked upon to help people gain a better understanding of the thoughts and principles that guided him-Bruce Lee. If some people are inspired to follow his principles or those of whom he learned from, I think that's the point. If a reader has already made up in his or her mind that Bruce Lee's writings are not "real philosophy" or at least based on "real philosophy" then don't buy the book. In my opinion, this book would still be a good book no matter whose writings they were.
I encourage everyone to read and form there own opinion. I enjoyed the part about "simplicity". Bruce was really beginning to understand the tao of fighting, but his willingness to share his findings were truely remarkable.
If you are looking for a "how-to" book, go elsewhere. Bruce was never a big fan of those martial arts books that proposed you could learn the style just by reading. Bruce meant this as a guide to help all martial artists (not just wing chun practitioners) on their journey to self-enlightenment, and to that end it serves its purpose well. This man was a genius and an inspiration not only as a fighter, but as a human being as well.