From martial artist to movie star, no icon has had a greater impact on the world than Bruce Lee, and no other book has made the same impact on the martial arts world than Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
In 2011 — after more than 30 years in publication — Bruce Lee’s most influential work was revisited, re-imagined and expanded for the 21st century.
And wouldn’t you know it? The expanded edition sold out — not one but two printings worth!
BlackBeltMag.com is proud to celebrate the third printing of Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition with this exclusive inside look at what has made this already-landmark book such a hit more than 30 years after it first took the martial arts world by storm!
Explore the philosophy behind Bruce Lee’s martial art once again with digitally enhanced hand-drawn illustrations by Bruce Lee. The sketches throughout the Tao have been pulled from the archives specifically for this edition. Bruce Lee’s drawings exhibit not only his artistic capabilities but also his deep understanding of anatomy. Most of these sketches depict not only fight scenes or scenarios but also the beginnings of Bruce Lee’s art, jeet kune do.
See more of Bruce Lee’s sketches in this FREE download!
Bruce Lee’s Biography and the Birth of Tao of Jeet Kune Do
The expanded edition also includes never-before-seen Chinese translations. With these notes, written by Bruce Lee, you can gain an even deeper insight to the way Bruce Lee formulated or organized the fighting methods for jeet kune do. Even though most of the prose is written in English, these Chinese translations unlock even more information about the inner workings of Bruce Lee’s mind.
Another unique difference that can be found in the expanded edition are the clearly framed training aids and exercises. In the previous edition, these features were not separated clearly from the rest of the text. By framing these features, not only does it enhance the reading experience but also conveys a more comprehensive fighting system Bruce Lee was designing.
Another new innovation for this edition are quotes pulled from the text on every spread, which offer insights into Bruce Lee’s philosophy.
Also in this edition, there have been slight changes to the structure of the chapters. Now chapters and even subsections can be referenced much easier.
This new edition also includes a brief history on the book and contributions about the Tao from those who were close to Bruce Lee, such as the following:
- Shannon Lee
- Linda Lee Cadwell
- Chris Kent
- Jerry Poteet
- Diana Lee Inosanto
- Tim Tackett
- Richard Bustillo
- Yori Nakamura
Inside the expanded edition, Bruce Lee’s closest friends, students and followers discuss how the Tao has shaped their lives and training. Each of the contributors have had some integral connection to the Tao.
Now, with Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition, they can express their appreciation for what the Tao has meant to them and speak about how Bruce Lee not only changed their lives but also revolutionized the course of martial arts history.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition grants you the rare opportunity to learn directly from Bruce Lee — one of the most celebrated and inspirational figures in martial arts history.
The original edition of Tao of Jeet Kune Do is still available as an e-book!
TAO OF JEET KUNE DO: Original Edition
by Bruce Lee
The original edition of this international best-seller explains the philosophical basis of jeet kune do in the original words and drawings of Bruce Lee as excerpted from his personal diary. It includes Bruce Lee’s views on Zen, physical training, combat, martial virtues and failings. Now available only in e-book format.