Quotes on Patterns – Bruce Lee

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, …

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A finger pointing to the moon

There is no standard in total combat, and expression must be free. That liberating truth is a reality only insofar as it is experienced and lived in its suchness by the individual himself, and this truth is far beyond any styles or disciplines. “Remember, too, that JKD is just a term used, a boat to …

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Artistic skill must radiate from the human soul

“Artistic skill, therefore, does not mean artistic perfection. It remains rather a continuing medium or reflection of some step in psychic development, the perfection of which is not to be found in shape and form, but must radiate from the human soul. The artistic activity does not consist in art itself as such; it penetrates …

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The Usefulness of the Teacup is in its Emptiness

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…”. Finally, the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man. However, he kept on pouring, and …

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A Perfect Stance

A stance too narrow provides you speed, But leaves you imbalance, which you don’t need. A stance too wide gives you power, But you’ll soon learn you’re a bit slower. There must be a stance that you can use, To keep you in balance and to refine. The perfect stance that will not confuse, Is …

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Tactics is for the intelligent

“Tactics is for the intelligent who’s a step ahead of his opponent. He uses his brains in a fight while another can’t see the light. He varies his tactic with each foe, with punches and kicks thrown high and low. He studies his opponent with care and fights with judgment and dare. Tactic alone can’t …

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Closed Mind

A JKD member who says JKD is exclusively JKD is simply not with it.  He is still hung up in his self closing resistance; in this case anchored down to a reactionary pattern and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can only move within its limits.  He has not digested the simple …

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The truth in combat is different for each individual

Research your own experiences for the truth Absorb what is useful Reject what is useless Add specifically what is your own – Bruce Lee The thing about Bruce Lee was that his teaching could be applied to every day life. See how the above can be used in all walks of life.