BRUCE LEE PDF
Full text of "sppn.info (PDFy mirror)". See other formats. Tins Book is Dedicated to the Free, Creative Martial Artist Take what is uiefitl and . book, you will know Bruce Lee better, but hopefully you will also know yourself better. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do actually began before Bruce was born. Bruce Lee Fighting Method Volume sppn.info - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Indonesian|
|ePub File Size:||MB|
|PDF File Size:||MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
1. BLACK BELT sppn.info Bruce Lee's Biography and the Birth of Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Linda Lee Cadwell. Images by Bruce Lee. Theorizing Bruce Lee Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy Paul Bowman Amsterdam - New York, NY For Keira and Lilly, whose first reactions to seeing. 1 Bruce Lee v. Hegemony Paul Bowman1 Ten Things You Need to Know about Bruce Lee One day in , in America, a teenager, the writer-to-be, Davis.
Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on February 25, Retrieved June 18, Once Upon a Time In Archived from the original on March 22, Retrieved March 22, The Hollywood Reporter.
Retrieved May 21, Empires and corporations of karate schools spread rapidly and largely took the place of the ryu struc- tures that framed the traditional martial arts lineages in Japan and Oki- nawa. In addition, a large number of new styles and schools appeared, much more in the sport tradition than following the passing on of a lineage of teaching. But because such enigmas were a large part of what had initiated or initially marked the characteristics of the Western interest in these ac- tivities in the first place, these enigmas remained as it were outstanding and still calling out for attention.
These translations mark a crucial threshold. Rather, cultural intelligibility and discursive legitimacy require an attending discourse or depth of texture as its condition of pos- sibility — some interpretive context within which it can make sense. In particular, the spread of knowledge about these practices and their establishment into institutional forms created an- other aspect of the depth of texture needed for martial arts to be under- stood in a new context.
In other words, the deep or occult philosophy of martial arts required a degree of explanation and elaboration that was not forthcoming within the field itself. Rather, other, more liter- ate, areas in Anglo-European culture, such as medicine, first had to make the revolutionary statements that could underpin and support other sets of practices, such as karate.
Only when acupuncture exists as a recognized practice can books such as Dim Mak: Death Point Striking Montague, appear almost mainstream. Application of this knowledge to attacking was derived from an un- derstanding of how to apply it to healing.
An understanding of healing through these techniques derived from a view of the universe grounded in the interplay of esoteric forces. Outside of the context of this philosophy, the striking of key meridian points becomes a technical exercise rather like the pushing of buttons. The claim to these knowledges again serves to le- gitimate the practitioner as one possessing the authentic or true knowl- edge. These claims then become signifiers capable of adding value to the commodity of the martial art.
In other words, we return ine- luctably to the issue of abstraction, standardisation and commodification. But the story does not simply end there. Westernisation is not simply co- terminous with commodification.
Documents Similar To Bruce Lee Fighting Method Volume 1.pdf
Westernisation and commodification are not somehow synonyms. For, although in certain times and places martial arts may not simply or directly have been part of a cash relation — payment for a service rendered — it has always been integral to kinship systems and relations of debt and obligation including financial.
Rather, according to Krug, the current state of the discursive development of mar- tial arts in Western countries is currently involved in a massive process of what we might term re-institutionalisation.
Institutionalisation and re-institutionalisation are not quite the same as commodification, nor the fashionable post-Deleuzean notions of territorialisation, de- and re-territorialisation. We will engage extensively with this in Chapter Four. When this severing of the practice from its origins takes place, the sign of legiti- macy changes. Martial arts then becomes reduced to those key representa- tions that are granted legitimacy by the organization.
The organization es- tablishes ranking, certification, and the allocation of all forms of defer- ence. The new sign of legitimacy, commonly underpinned by a claim to direct lineage to one or another master or school, is reinforced with displays of trophies won in competitions, with the McDonaldesque reference to the number of schools or students in the organization, or by any of the other methods used to sell hamburgers, cars, or deodorant Krug There would seem to be so much more going on, both textually and dis- cursively.
And, as any interdisciplinary effort worth the name will inevitably pose questions about the limitations of the hermeneutic borders of a disciplinary field, so interdisciplinary approaches will an- tagonise disciplinary boundaries, values and protocols.
This, of course, is inextricably linked to the question of style. As is the question of Bruce Lee. So, the question of style is what we should broach next. But how? What style of approach will be most ap- propriate to broaching the question of style? And with what effects? Lee replies: This unusual and unex- pected response baffles his questioner, who demands to be shown some of it.
Lee then untethers the boat and hands the rope to those who had been bullied. They proceed to toy with their now-helpless erstwhile persecutor: We sense with heady anticipation that there is going to be a lot more to this mysterious oriental art than tricks.
From the very first scene of the film, the presentation of Lee and his Shaolin art insistently urges the viewer to believe that there really is more to martial arts than fighting. This is immediately fol- lowed by a koan-like question-and-answer session — the first dialogue of the film — between Lee and his master, which runs as follows: Lee approaches an elderly monk on a wooded hilltop path] Lee: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level.
Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions. What is the highest technique you hope to achieve? To have no technique. Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?
There is no opponent. And why is that? A good fight should be like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not be- come tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dream- ing: When the op- ponent expands, I contract; when he contracts, I expand; and when there is an opportunity, I do not hit: The full scene actually, a scene within a scene, as Lee has had to break off his conversation with the British Agent Mr Braithwaite , runs like this: Yes, of course… Lee: Kick me.
An exhibition? We need [pointing to his head] emotional content. Try again! Not anger! Now try again! With me! How did it feel to you? Let me think. It is like a finger pointing away to the moon. Do you understand? We will have many causes to return to these two exchanges in some con- siderable depth and with many different foci in the ensuing chapters.
But first of all, it is most important to note that in its attribution of some en- igmatic depth to martial arts, Enter the Dragon is an exemplary instance of the most popular kind of discourse about them. For, many of the myths, texts and discourses about martial arts often insist that there is indeed more to these fighting practices than fighting.
What more is there to martial arts than fighting? Or indeed, a more appropriate question perhaps: But perhaps we have already moved too fast. This may seem obvious: This is be- cause in their formation, dissemination and proliferation, myth demon- strably often trumps history. Firstly, as Stanley Henning points out: Chan himself lists a whole host of Japanese martial arts that are often deliberately represented, exported and consumed as if they are authentically ancient warrior arts, but which are in fact relatively re- cent, often twentieth-century inventions.
His point is simple: This mythology is commodified in myriad ways: These artefacts are produced and consumed as if authentically ancient culture, when in fact they have been deliberately produced: The problem here is that any approach will privilege certain dimensions and subordinate, be ignorant of, blind to or otherwise exclusive of others.
They become bound up in identity, in identification, in organic community, and can be construed as taking on a place and significance that is far from simply consumerist. So, an over-economistic or reductively Marxian take on culture as capitalist-colonised seems limited. What alternative paradigms are avail- able that we might bring to bear on martial arts? Martial arts phenomena demand historicisation, too, of course. Or, to put this another way: As Derrida argues at one point: For, many things come in response to the inevitability of death and the problem of respon- sibility: This can be seen played out in exemplary fashion in the film Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai , which we will discuss in a later chapter.
Sociologically- aware claims have been made about some of the contexts in which they proliferate: We might consider, for instance, the signifi- cance of the fact that the first testimonial on the cover of one edition of The Book of Five Rings reads: Perseverance, insight, self- understanding, inward calm even in the midst of chaos, the importance of swift but unhurried action: Musashi He relates this to its complex history: Accordingly, this carnivalesque aspect became inscribed into its practice, at the same time as it served as the primary fighting resource, first of slaves and thereafter of the Brazilian underclass.
Viewed as a scourge by the authorities like Karate in Okinawa [Funako- shi ], and indeed many other underclass martial practices world- wide—including those of Europe and the UK [Brown ] , capoeira in Brazil was actually illegal until the s, until the force of various mili- taristic and nationalist discourses led to its incorporation into military, police, and educational syllabi. What is it? What is being done, and why?
What does it mean, what does it do — in any regis- ter? However, despite its demonstrably politically-charged status — first a slave activity, then an illegal underclass practice, then subjected to various politically motivated efforts of institutional appropriation and domestication — Downey wants to criticise the academic tendency to leap to the conclusion that therefore there must be something fundamentally political about such activities. Against this impulse he contends: But on the other hand, they are not po- litical, if by political we are referring to some conscious political inten- tion or even just a clear kind of politicised impetus.
So is the sense in which it emphasises that just because something is problem- atic or uncontrollable, that does not necessarily make it politically subver- sive.
But the point to be emphasised is that any such uncon- scious formation will come in response to a contingent situation, and hence it will be a political or contextual unconscious. This suggests that practices might be diagnosed in terms of their his- torical, political context. Jian Xu gives an account, for instance, of the repression of esoteric and occasionally martial practices, such as Fa- lun Gong and Qigong, in Maoist China. This repression was followed by a veritable explosion of interest in the post-Maoist context.
The repres- sion and the interest continue. How does one make sense of this? However, Xu is discussing China during a certain period, where the state could be regarded as indubitably hegemonic. The nation state is not necessarily that which dominates the political context or con- stitutes the form and content of the political unconscious everywhere else.
In the postmodern context and condition, analyses are perhaps to be weighted differently. In what way might this relate to a political unconscious? And what signifi- cance might this have for anything? Interdisciplinarity, Bruce Lee and Multiculturalism To broach this, let us first recap and reiterate the argument that myths supplement reality, and hence are not simply untrue or imaginary. If this is so, it deserves to be asked in what way reality might supplement myth.
We began with the cinematic emergence of Bruce Lee, which certainly blazed an influential trail that fired up the imaginations, fantasies and practices of untold numbers of people the world over. It all began in the early part of while Bruce and I were driving along in the car.
We were talking about fencing, Western fencing.
Bruce said [that] the most efficient means of countering in fencing was the stop- hit. When the opponent attacks, you intercept his move with a thrust or hit of your own. Jeet Kune Do means the way of the stopping fist, or the way of the in- tercepting fist.
So, instead of blocking and then hitting, our main concept is to dispense with blocking completely, and instead to intercept and hit. We realize that this cannot be done all the time, but this is the main theme.
(PDF Download) The Warrior Within : The Philosophies of Bruce Lee PDF
Inosanto We will however be able to return to it in later chapters. Is this an absence of myth as such? Inosanto tells us that jeet kune do was conceptualised, baptised and inaugurated in California, given a Chinese name but inspired equally by the Western art of fencing, derived from an interdisciplinary approach to any and every fighting style available, se- lected and dissected with a view to efficiency. Viewed in this way, this may be very telling. For, what we have here is interdisciplinary bricolage, multiculturalism, and efficiency.
What else was going on in the sixties? Apart from the wars and famous student revolts, let me also point to the following. In , Doc- tor No was released. The following year, Lee published Chinese Gung-fu: And you would, of course, be wise to do so. Both, I am suggesting, may be further compared with the formation of Derridean deconstruction.
The question is: And what might be the importance, legitimacy, veri- fiability and status of such a claim? Let us turn, first, to the formation of cultural studies.
Indeed, the violence of these denunciations derives from the fact that the work accused is part of a whole ongoing process. What this kind of questioning does is to modify the rules of the dominant discourse, it tries to politicize and democratize the university scene… Derrida a: Lee insisted that there is no sub- stantial essence to it and that one need not be Chinese to do it.
Moreover, perhaps because of his experience of racism at the hands both of Chinese and American institutions, Lee was allegedly obdurately colour-blind. See Jacques Derrida Circle of Iron . But with this observation comes a serious question: One biography of Bruce Lee puts it particularly well.
Such an achievement is no mean feat. Bruce Lee, he says, both revolutionised and popularised the martial arts. He certainly did the latter. But were cultures really bridged? Or do they divide a culture from itself, replacing a possibly traditional self- perception with a Eurocentric celluloid simulacrum?
Of course, the remaking of the image of the Asian man in the West may prove ethically and politically positive, insofar as certain representa- tional boundaries and conventions are modified, with monolithic white- ness whittled-away, Eurocentrism decentred, multiculturalism multiplied, and so on.
This can be rephrased: Has there really been a multicultural encounter or transformation, when 1 Hollywood makes a martial arts movie, or 2 when a white Westerner watches this kung fu film, or, as a consequence, practises a nominally oriental martial art? And one might be said to hold a version of this view if, for instance, one ever gets really bothered by a racist, sexist, or other- wise unjust or inaccurate representation on television. Feng Shui good; Islamic fundamen- talism bad.
And this is why he lumps together and disdains so much multiculturalism, deconstructionism, new ageism, cultural-studies-ism and postmodernism as expressions of capitalist neoliberalist ideology.
Thus, a problematic political implication arises. Deconstruction, cultural studies, and Bruce Lee may well be equivalent lapdogs of neoliberalism. The popularity of martial arts is fetishistic, phantasmatic, and an unfortunate displacement away from authentic political acts or practices. The relevance and significance of this claim will hopefully be- come clear, for Heidegger, as is well known, was deeply interested in the texts of oriental philosophy, in particular the Tao Te Ching.
But Heidegger takes it elsewhere. But the difference is also material, as well as aesthetic. So, where does this leave us? Authenticity, conventionally construed, is impossible. The Political Institution of Culture Why does this matter? Its significance relates to the political status of events of institution: A straightforwardly psychoanalytic approach might tend to universalise and depoliticise, independent of context. A straight- forwardly economistic approach is insufficient, to the extent that it de- scends into equally universalistic mantras about the delusions and simula- cra of capital.
This is not to say that the insights of psychoanalysis or Marxism are to be rejected. With this, he renounces not only the political propensities of culture and institutions but also the propensities of both politics and study themselves. What is the alternative to such renunciation? Discussing the martial arts of his day, Lee argued that: Each man belongs to a style which claims to possess truth to the ex- clusion of all other styles.
Instead of going immediately to the heart of things, flowery forms organized despair and artificial techniques are ritualistically practised to simulate actual combat.
Lee But there is no getting away from the contingency of institution, the contingency of cul- ture. Everything is instituted. And institutions are consequential. So the question will always remain: Chapter 2 Film—Fantasy: The Communication of Screen Violence Each man belongs to a style which claims to possess truth to the exclu- sion of all other styles.
Instead of going immediately to the heart of things, flowery forms organized despair and artificial techniques are ritualistically practiced to simulate actual combat.
This word was ut- tered in reverential, awestruck tones, and printed in emphatic italics. That word was real. His fighting was received as real. Or, at least, as realistic. And, what is more — of more value than a singular demonstration of a singular talent — Bruce Lee appeared to speak a truth about reality that offered lessons to everyone: But, it is crucial to add, it was the belief that his choreography appeared to speak something like the truth about actual physical fighting that enabled Bruce Lee to forge a par- ticular relation between film spectatorship and cultural fantasy.
This is not fantasy in the sense of a daydream or a pipe-dream, but fantasy in the initially psychoanalytic sense of a belief that is lived, a belief that in- forms, sustains and even guides real-life practices. Stephen Teo agrees whilst adding an essentially ethnic dimension to the discussion: A scene in The Way of the Dragon illustrates the first principle of disci- pline and training in kung fu: Lee shows himself to be a specimen of thorough training, a true-to-life fighter and not the imaginary creation of an action movie director.
Teo Moreover, all representations add something, emphasize something, omit something, alter something. But, as there is no getting away from representation in the first and last place, this leads to a problem. Moreover, if all thought, lan- guage, writing, sound and visual marks are themselves types of represen- tation, then can we ever be said to have authentic and real access to the authentic and real?
Signification may seem secon- dary. But it is in fact primary, inevitable and constitutive. Chow As such, a consideration of representation per se is both appropriate and even called for within any discussion of reality or authenticity. Rather, the cultural complexity of the question of authenticity keeps coming back to haunt us.
This chapter will accordingly enter into this fray in due course, but in a way that is appro- priate to and organised by our object of interest here. Hunt does likewise, firstly by relating the changing inflections and emphases of authenticity debates to the complex relationship between external political factors and the cultural imaginary.
This is of course extremely useful. Seeing the Violence In order to broach all of this, first let us consider some cinematic repre- sentational techniques and styles which, at the very least, have influenced cinematic representational techniques and styles, but which may also have wider cultural ramifications. He uses slow motion. He uses constructive editing, so that we get to see kicks delivered in long shot but actually land in close-up.
The preceding fight against Bob Wall and Wong In-Sik uses the shooting style popular at Seasonal studios from the mids — zoom shots used to conceal cuts, the action predominantly framed in long shot. The scene averages three to four moves per shot, but their speed and accuracy are breathtaking.
To perceive some- thing of the simultaneous and contrary investment in fantasy, a compari- son is helpful. This is so even though one might reasonably propose that the latter has moments of much more verisimilitude or vraisemblance than any Bruce Lee or Bourne Identity fight sequence: Cleaver responds with incredulity: Should I bring my du- elling pistols or my sword?
Many in the restaurant are evidently im- mediately interested. Like schoolchildren, many of the staff and some of the diners in the restaurant pour out into the street to watch what is presented as a preposterous and highly rare treat. We rejoin the fight to hear Cleaver asking for a break, for a rest.
In one of the many moments of ridiculously hyperbolic English gentility, Darcy allows him this. But as Darcy turns to leave, Cleaver mutters an in- sult, which causes Darcy to turn around and hit him one last, decisive time. All of which seeks to construct the fight as ridiculous, both technically and in terms of the punctilious manners and mannerisms of the protagonists. The entire event is mock heroic farce. But in doing so, he has effectively fallen into a trap.
For he has not trained like this, having been stultified by formal karate training: The effects are devastating: But Norris insists on trying to fight on. It is also, of course, the greeting prominently given by Lee and Lau in the early pedagogical scene in Enter the Dragon. Upon closer inspection, however, they are actually rather interesting mirror images.
Way of the Dragon is constructed as if to be profoundly serious and moving. Yet it is constructed by way of a re- markably similar structure: To say the least, one has to have a very particular investment in a very particular fantasy not to find the Bruce Lee scene at least equally as preposterous and comi- cal as the Bridget Jones scene.
That really hurt! But what is its significance?
Accepting the fake as real is of course something that is done rather a lot. It is done over and over again, temporarily, by viewers who are more or less deliberately playing the Wordsworthian game of suspending their disbelief. For, this aes- thetics of ambivalence, with its impossible double investments, actually infuses discourses, practices and orientations of martial artists them- selves. Or rather, impossibility does not stop it from hap- pening.
Quite the contrary: As he writes of what is in his opinion the over-technologized film Ashes of Time It is no longer a choreography of human bodies in motion that we see. In fact, we do not know what it is we are seeing.
Things have now been speeded up to such an extent that what we find is only a composition of light and color in which all action has dissolved — a kind of abstract ex- pressionism or action painting. It is not possible, therefore, to discern who is doing what to whom: The heroic space of Bruce Lee is now a blind space one of the four heroes in fact is going blind ; moreover, it is a blind space that comes from an excess of light and movement, that is to say, an excess of Tsui Hark-style special effects.
The idea of presence and authenticity implied in the ethos of heroism is sub- verted, and the hope of happy inscription in a technology-based global utopia implied in the optimistic use of special effects is imploded. Abbas For instance, one might con- sider examples as diverse as the battle scenes in the Hollywood film Gladiator , the supposedly tense scenes in Sunshine , or even the scenes demonstrating the preparation of food in TV cookery programmes such as The F Word Channel 4, Up until around the time of Gladiator, mainstream battle choreography had been dominated by a kind of sharp-focus realism.
The battle scenes in the earlier Brave- heart or Saving Private Ryan , for example, graphically depict every event of entry and exit wounding, the details of each maim- ing blow and event of bodily destruction in their large-scale battle scenes. But Gladiator opts instead for blurring, for the frustration of vi- sion. Our relation to the events depicted is one in which the camera and editing behave as if we are embedded as confused, scared, and over- whelmed participants.
how to know that we have hidden capability in us?
Such blurring has been combined with intricate editing to speed up fight exchanges in The Bourne Identity and subsequent sequels. Indeed, the increased speed and blurring of focus, achieved through editing and excessive focus on very small details, is equally present in recent choreographies of food preparation in cookery programmes, as I mentioned above.
Another end of the dissolution or collapse of the genre might be identified where ever there is an excess of documentary realism. In both of these films, the camera observes the action in wide and long shots until the moment of the putative delivery of nebulous techniques. The technique is not shown or seen — so completely in fact that you might say The Karate Kid II is all about a technique that it does not show.
The cinematography is in fact more important than martial techniques in the representation of violence or fight sequences. This is shown extremely well in the rooftop training scene in Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai , in which Forrest Whittaker struts, skips and slashes with knives in a quite possibly random manner, but which the rapid inter- cutting of the editing manages to propose is some kind of advanced, sub- tle and difficult martial arts form. Indeed, perhaps the prime mainstream example of the constitutive work of the technological supplement the editing can be seen in The Bourne Identity.
The first time we see Jason Bourne fight is a scene in which he disarms and incapacitates two Russian police officers with startling rapid- ity. It is extremely impressive. However, we actually see very little of the fight scene, as the camera is not a simple passive observer of the scene, but is actually embedded within it: The scene was evi- dently shot in several extremely short bursts. It is the editing that reconsti- tutes the disparate parts as a rapid and skilful fight scene.
But it is also the involved point of view deployment of the camera itself as-if being a part of the action. If you were there, would you catch all the details? Or would you actually see more of a blur than clean and crisp events? This accel- eration and blurring of the choreography characterizes all of the Bourne films. This has become one of the standard forms of representing hand-to-hand combat in Hollywood films at least since Gladiator.
If we compare Gladiator with Braveheart, this paradigm shift is very apparent. In Gladiator, however, one sees virtually none.
In the latter, the camera endows us with all the characteristics of the role played by a panicking extra in a disaster movie. What this technological and generic technique does is conjure up the violence in lieu of any choreography.
Had The Silent Flute been able to employ this device, perhaps the end result would not have been so aw- ful. Perhaps the problem with such films is the attempt to represent a principle. In Dragon: The pantomime-like audience boo and hiss. Lee throws down the gauntlet: For, rather than presenting, principles have to be demonstrated, and this often relies on the supplementary work of an argument: This is not an isolated event.
Indeed, as Rey Chow points out: Both Heidegger and Benjamin would associate modernity with the chang- ing conceptualizations of art.
Vattimo goes on to define this disorientation, which, for many European intellectuals is characteristic of the creativity of art in the age of generalized communication.
I do not seek to contest such argu- ments here. Of course, such a foothold in literality and visuality cannot proceed with- out argumentative construction, and cannot but move away from that which can literally be seen present.
Such a construction can only avoid repetitive predictability by deliberately seizing on the productive inevita- bility of disorientation and reorientation. For, if such construction is in- evitable, and indeed even characteristic of the creativity of art in the age of generalized communication, then such disorientation and reorientation should not be resisted here, and should instead be engaged rather deliber- ately.
In this context, then, we might ask, what other lessons are communicated by Bruce Lee? In particular, one can clearly see it enacted and re-enacted regularly throughout Enter the Dragon Repeatedly, Bruce Lee fights, wins, stops, is utterly calm.
He bests hordes of opponents, then sits down in the lotus position. He kills a man, waits, walks away. Amidst the mayhem of a mass battle, he sees his enemy, stops, ignores all else, walks towards him. Leon Hunt notes: Accordingly, my proposal is that Bruce Lee was indeed a cultural event, and not merely a moment in the realms of cinema. Rather, this rhythmic motif, reiterated by Bruce Lee, actually enabled or completed a profound transformation both in Western discourses of the body and in Western bodies.
It signals a displacement, a transformation, in many registers and realms: That is, fan- tasies are both social and psychic, in a way that frustrates the possibility of a simple or sharp distinction between objective and subjective, and indeed between the inside and the outside of the subject.
Fantasies sup- plement the subject: For, identity is always performative: Reciprocally, therefore: In one respect, the fantasy offered by Bruce Lee may be regarded as perfectly normal: Yet, in another respect this particular fantasy is a reinterpretation of such norms, a very particular reiteration: In other words, Bruce Lee intervened into the fantasy life, discourses and lived practices of international culture in a particularly remarkable way.
Con- sequently, the subject is not merely a passive reflection of structure. Rather, subjectivity is an ongoing performative process amidst conflicting interpellations. In the postmodern, polyvocal and media saturated world, the interpellations which tend to prevail are, one might say, those calls that answer a call. This could be you! All you need to do is train in kung fu, and you too can become closer to invincible! Therefore, this arguably takes us into the realms of the constitution of subjectivity itself.
For, as Silverman asserts: Identity and desire are so complexly imbricated that neither can be ex- plained without recourse to the other.
The self, in other words, fills the void at the center of subjectivity with an illusory plenitude. Silverman But the matter certainly does not end there. Such a quotidian practice may seem very little — almost nothing — but it is both subjectively and socio-culturally signifi- cant. But first, we should note the link between the simulation, the subjective fantasy and bodily practice. As many writers have argued with a variety of approaches, bodily practices are what literally make us, and they are what can remake and change us.
For the fantasy offered by Bruce Lee touched hundreds of millions, across the globe. Of course, it is not a physical touch. And although not physical, this is nevertheless a call to the body. Of course, there is a huge gulf between call and response, between fantasizing and becoming. What the fantasy proposed by Bruce Lee demands is physical training: Or, more specifically: Of course, this hybrid is construed by other martial artists as merely reflecting the fact that Lee never actually completed any formal training syllabus in any one martial art Smith My point here is not to adjudicate on the status or martial credentials of jeet kune do as if such a thing were objec- tive.
Rather, it is simply to reiterate that in any and every eventuality, what Bruce Lee offered was a fantasy of kung fu.
That is the agevold question Asked by every man At one time or another. Though he looks into a mirror And recognizes the face, Though he knows his own name And age and history, Still he wonders, deep down, Who am I?
Am I a giant among men, Master of all I survey, Or an ineffectual pygmy Who clumsily blocks his own way? Am I the self—assured gentleman With a winning style, The natural born leader Who makes friends instantly, Or the frightened heart Tiptoeing among strangers, Who, behind a frozen smile, trembles Like a little boy lost in a dark forest?
Most of us yearn to be one, But fear we are the other. Yet we CAN be What we aspire to be. Those who cultivate Their natural instincts, Who set their sights On the good, the admirable, the excellent, And believe they can achieve it Will find their confidence rewarded.
And, in the process, They will discover the true identity Of him who looks back from the mirror. The doubters claimed. Or the honors won. Yet a brand new world But, rather, By the believing, doing kind, While the doubters Watched from far behind. Some doers found, And returned to prove This planet round. It helps occasionally to stop all thoughts the chattering of worries, anticipations, and so forth, in your head and then once more refreshingly march bravely on.
Remember my friend that it is not what happens that counts; it is how you react to events. You have what it takes. I know you will win out one way or the other. So damn the torpedo, full speed ahead! Hell, I make circumstances! The following letters are excerpted from Volume 5 of The Bruce Lee Library Series, Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon, and serve as snapshots of many of the points revealed in previous sections of this book.
It contains my dreams and my ways of thinking. As a whole, you can call it my way of life. Yet I want to write and let you know about it. There are two ways of making a good living. One is the result of hard work, and the other, the result of the imagination requires work, too, of course. In every industry, in every profession, ideas are what America is looking for.
Ideas have made America what she is, and one good idea will make a man what he wants to be. One part of my life is gung fu. This art has been a great influa ence in the formation of my char actor and ideas.
I practice gung fu as a physical culture, a form of mental training, a method of self— Source: Bruce Lee's handwritten letter to Pearl T50, September I Bruce Lee Papers. Gung fu is the best of all martial art; yet the Chinese derivatives of judo and karate, which are only basics of gung fu, are flourishing all over the United States.
This so happens , because no one has [yet] heard of this supreme art; also there are 1 no competent instructors. I believe my long years of practice back - up my title to become the first instructor of this movement.
My reason in doing this is not the sole objective of making money.Brown, Bill. Yet I want to write and let you know about it. Giroux In what registers or contexts is this significant?
She writes: The largely internal contest of koan is intended to secure an experi- ence of extreme dispossession. And so it is with successful, healthy thoughts or negative ones that will, like weeds, strangle and crowd the others. They become bound up in identity, in identification, in organic community, and can be construed as taking on a place and significance that is far from simply consumerist.
These translations mark a crucial threshold. Westernisation and commodification are not somehow synonyms.