The Start of MMA
Long before the advent of the octagon, the UFC, or the Gracie family built an empire around a sport, a man named Bruce Lee wrote a comprehensive book about a style without form called “Tao of Jeet Kune Do.” It was the go to compendium of martial arts styles for many practitioners from its publish date through to the early nineties. Other authors and ideas about mixing martial arts have emerged since that time.
Still A Valuable Resource
Despite the new fangled additions to MMA, the Tao of Jeet Kune Do is as poignant a book as it ever was. The break down of grappling, striking, and philosophy for combat is pretty much unparalleled to this day. Bruce Lee was a modern day Plato or Socrates in terms of martial arts, and the Tao of Jeet Kune Do is his Republic.
An Introduction to Eastern Thought
The poem at the beginning of the book introduced many a Western to Eastern thought. From that jumping off point, you get to the nuts and bolts of training and what it means to cross between ranges of combat. Bruce Lee didn’t write the end all be all comprehensive guide to all things martial arts, but he did open many closed minds both in the west and the east.
He opened the door to a deeper understanding of traditional forms by showing that traditional forms would not last. That breaking beyond the governance of Karate, Kung Fu, and the old schools of martial arts was the only way to understand their value while creating something new at the same time. Here is a simple thought by Bruce that has served many a martial artist and person since he first spoke it.