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Liberate Yourself From Classical Karate
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Mon 12 Aug 13
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John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Liberate Yourself From Classical Karate

A learned man once went to a Zen teacher to inquire about Zen.
As the Zen teacher explained, the learned man would frequently
interrupt him with remarks like, “Oh, yes, we have that too. …” and so
on.

Finally, the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea
to the learned man. He poured the cup full and then kept pouring until
the cup overflowed.

“Enough!” the learned man once more interrupted. “No more can go into the cup!”

“Indeed, I see,” answered the Zen teacher. “If you do not first empty the cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”

I hope my comrades in the martial arts will read the following
paragraphs with open-mindedness, leaving all the burdens of
preconceived opinions and conclusions behind. This act, by the way, has
in itself a liberating power. After all, the usefulness of the cup is
in its emptiness.

Make this article relate to yourself because though it is on jeet kune do,it is primarily concerned with the blossoming of a martial artist — not
a “Chinese” martial artist or a “Japanese” martial artist. A martial
artist is a human being first. Just as nationalities have nothing to do
with one’s humanity, so they have nothing to do with martial arts.
Leave your protective shell of isolation and relate directlyto what is being said. Return to your senses by ceasing all the
intervening intellectual mumbo jumbo. Remember that life is a constant
process of relating. Remember, too, that I seek neither your approval
nor to influence you toward my way of thinking. I will be more than
satisfied if, as a result of this article, you begin to investigate
everything for yourself and cease to uncritically accept prescribed
formulas that dictate “this is this” and “that is that.”

On Choiceless Observation

Suppose several persons who are trained in different styles of
combative arts witness an all-out street fight. I am sure we would hear
different versions from each of these stylists. Such variations are
quite understandable, for one cannot see a fight (or anything else) “as
is” as long as he is blinded by his chosen point of view, i.e., style,
and he will view the fight through the lens of his particular
conditioning. Fighting, as is, is simple and total. It is not limited
to your perspective or conditioning as a Chinese martial artist. True
observation begins when one sheds set patterns, and true freedom of
expression occurs when one is beyond systems.

Before we examine jeet kune do, let’s consider exactly what a
“classical” martial art style really is. To begin with, we must
recognize the incontrovertible fact that regardless of their many
colorful origins (by a wise, mysterious monk, by a special messenger in
a dream or in a holy revelation), styles are created by men. A style
should never be considered gospel truth, the laws and principles of
which can never be violated. Man, the living, creating individual, is
always more important than any established style.

BRUCE
LEE is a registered trademark of Bruce Lee Enterprises LLC. The Bruce
Lee name, image and likeness are intellectual property of Bruce Lee
Enterprises LLC. All rights reserved.

It is conceivable that a long time ago a certain martial artist
discovered some partial truth. During his lifetime, the man resisted
the temptation to organize this partial truth, although this is a
common tendency in a man’s search for security and certainty in life.
After his death, his students took “his” hypothesis, “his” postulates
and “his” method and turned them into law. Impressive creeds were then
invented, solemn reinforcing ceremonies prescribed, rigid philosophy
and patterns formulated, and so on, until finally an institution was
erected. So what originated as one man’s intuition of some sort of
personal fluidity was transformed into solidified, fixed knowledge,
complete with organized classified responses presented in a logical
order. In so doing, the well-meaning, loyal followers not only made
this knowledge a holy shrine but also a tomb in which they buried the
founder’s wisdom.

But the distortion did not necessarily end here. In reaction to “the
other’s truth,” another martial artist, or possibly a dissatisfied
disciple, organized an opposite approach — such as the “soft” style
versus the “hard” style, the “internal” school versus the “external”
school, and all these separative nonsenses. Soon, this opposite faction
also became a large organization, with its own laws and patterns. A
rivalry began, with each style claiming to possess the “truth” to the
exclusions of all others.

At best, styles are merely parts dissected from a unitary whole. All
styles require adjustment, partiality, denials, condemnation and a lot
of self-justification. The solutions they purport to provide are the
very cause of the problem because they limit and interfere with our
natural growth and obstruct the way to genuine understanding. Divisive
by nature, styles keep men apart from each other rather than unite them.

Truth Cannot Be Confined

One cannot express himself fully when imprisoned by a confining
style. Combat “as is” is total, and it includes all the “is” as well as
“is not,” without favorite lines or angles. Lacking boundaries, combat
is always fresh, alive and constantly changing. Your particular style,
your personal inclinations and your physical makeup are all parts of combat, but they do not constitute the wholeof combat. Should your responses become dependent upon any single part,
you will react in terms of what “should be” rather than to the reality
of the ever-changing “what is.” Remember that while the whole is
evidenced in all its parts, an isolated part, efficient or not, does
not constitute the whole.

Prolonged repetitious drillings will certainly yield mechanical
precision, and security of that kind comes from any routine. However,
it is exactly this kind of “selective” security or “crutch” that limits
or blocks the total growth of a martial artist. In fact, quite a few
practitioners develop such a liking for and dependence on their
“crutch” that they can no longer walk without it. Thus, any one special
technique, however cleverly designed, is actually a hindrance.

Let it be understood once and for all that I have notinvented a new style, composite or modification. I have in no way set
jeet kune do within a distinct form governed by laws that distinguish
it from “this” style or “that” method. On the contrary, I hope to free
my comrades from bondage to styles, patterns and doctrines.

What, then, is jeet kune do? I am the first to admit that any
attempt to crystallize jeet kune do into a written article is no easy
task. Do remember, however, that “jeet kune do” is merely a convenient
name. I am not interested with the term itself; I am interested in its
effect of liberation when JKD is used as a mirror for self-examination.

Unlike a “classical” martial art, there is no series of rules or
classification of technique that constitutes a distinct jeet kune do
method of fighting. JKD is not a form of special conditioning with its
own rigid philosophy. It looks at combat not from a single angle but
from all possible angles. While JKD utilizes all the ways and means to
serve its end (after all, efficiency is anything that scores), it is
bound by none and is therefore free. In other words, JKD possesses
everything but is in itself possessed by nothing.

Therefore, to attempt to define JKD in terms of a distinct style —
be it kung fu, karate, street fighting or Bruce Lee’s martial art — is
to completely miss its meaning. Its teaching simply cannot be confined
within a system. Since JKD is at once “this” and “not this,” it neither
opposes nor adheres to any style. To understand this fully, one must
transcend from the duality of “for” and “against” into one organic
unity that is without distinctions. Understanding of JKD is direct
intuition of this unity.

BRUCE
LEE is a registered trademark of Bruce Lee Enterprises LLC. The Bruce
Lee name, image and likeness are intellectual property of Bruce Lee
Enterprises LLC. All rights reserved.

There are no prearranged sets or kata in the teaching of
JKD, nor are they necessary. Consider the subtle difference between
“having no form” and “have no form.” The first is ignorance, the second
is transcendence. Through instinctive body feeling, each of us knowsour own most efficient and dynamic manner of achieving effective
leverage, balance in motion and economical use of energy. Patterns,
techniques or forms touch only the fringe of genuine understanding. The
core of understanding lies in the individual mind, and until that is
touched, everything is uncertain and superficial. Truth cannot be
perceived until we come to fully understand ourselves and our
potentials. After all, knowledge in the martial arts ultimately means self-knowledge.

At this point you may ask, “How do I gain this knowledge?” That you
will have to find out all by yourself. You must accept the fact that
there is no help but self-help. For the same reason I cannot tell you
how to “gain” freedom, since freedom exists within you, I cannot tell
you how to “gain” self-knowledge. While I can tell you what not to do, I cannot tell you what you shoulddo, since that would be confining you to a particular approach.
Formulas can only inhibit freedom; externally dictated prescriptions
only squelch creativity and assure mediocrity. Bear in mind that the
freedom that accrues from self-knowledge cannot be acquired through
strict adherence to a formula. We do not suddenly become free, we simply are free.

Learning is definitely not mere imitation, nor is it the ability to
accumulate and regurgitate fixed knowledge. Learning is a constant
process of discovery — a process without end. In JKD we begin not by
accumulation but by discovering the cause of our ignorance — a
discovery that involves a shedding process.

Unfortunately, most students in the martial arts are conformists.
Instead of learning to depend on themselves for expression, they
blindly follow their instructors, no longer feeling alone, and finding
security in mass imitation. The product of this imitation is a
dependent mind. Independent inquiry, which is essential to genuine
understanding, is sacrificed. Look around the martial arts and witness
the assortment of routine performers, trick artists, desensitized
robots, glorifiers of the past, and so on — all followers or exponents
of organized despair.

How often are we told by different sensei (masters) that
the martial arts are life itself? But how many of them truly understand
what they are saying? Life is a constant movement — rhythmic as well as
random. Life is constant change, not stagnation. Instead of
choicelessly flowing with this process of change, many of these
“masters,” past and present, have built an illusion of fixed forms,
rigidly subscribing to traditional concepts and techniques of the art,
solidifying the ever-flowing, dissecting the totality.

The most pitiful sight is to see sincere students earnestly
repeating those imitative drills, listening to their own screams and
spiritual yells. In most cases, the means these sensei offer their
students are so elaborate that the students must give tremendous
attention to them, until gradually they loses sight of the end. The
students end up performing their methodical routines as a mere
conditioned response rather than responding to “what is.” They no longer listen to circumstances; they recite their circumstances. These pour souls have unwittingly become trapped in the miasma of classical martial arts training.

Pointing to the Truth

A teacher, a really good sensei, is never a giver of “truth”; he is a guide, a pioneerto the truth that the student must discover for himself. A good
teacher, therefore, studies each student individually and encourages
the student to explore himself, both internally and externally, until,
ultimately, the student is integrated with his being. A good teacher is
a catalyst. Besides possessing a deep understanding, he must also have
a responsive mind with great flexibility and sensitivity.

There is no standard in total combat, and expression must be free. This liberating truth is a reality only in so far as it is experienced and livedby the individual himself; it is a truth that transcends styles or
disciplines. Remember, too, that jeet kune do is merely a term, a label
to be used as a boat to get one across; once across, it is to be
discarded and not carried on one’s back.

These few paragraphs are, at best, a “finger pointing to the moon.”
Please do not take the finger to be the moon or fix your gaze so
intently on the finger as to miss all the beautiful sights of heaven.
After all, the usefulness of the finger is in pointing away from itself
to the light, which illumines finger and all.

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