We are going to look at some amazing books of one of the best martial artists ever some say the greatest, responsible for bringing martial arts from the east to the west. With a phenomenal career covering martial arts, acting, a philosopher and much more. Bruce was an avid book reader amounting over 2,500 titles to his collection. Due to his untimely death at the young age of 32 on 20th July 1973. The founder of his own martial art Jeet Kune Do which he developed from different combat disciplines and some say his system was the original MMA. So Let’s look at some best Bruce Lee books.
Tao of Jeet Kune Do Hardcover
This is one of the most popular Bruce Lee books selling over 750,000 when released, This book covers the art of jeet kune do which Bruce designed, this book has been compiled from original notes and essays from Bruce, It is a must for any serious martial artist. The in-depth knowledge within this book is timeless covering philosophy and strategy of his fighting system illustrating kicks, punches, grappling, footwork, distance, and much more. This book is a great reference book for any martial artist. Also, covering zen and enlightenment.
I found this book to be the foundation of all the martial arts systems from a true master of martial arts, This is what Bruce actually thought about fighting how he personally approached combat and his philosophy.
This is my personal favorite and if you are only going to buy one Bruce Lee book I strongly recommend this book
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Bruce Lee The Art of Expressing the Human Body: 4
This is another great one of Bruce Lee books, Bruce is known for his physique which was absolutely amazing, he spent a great deal of time perfecting his body and pushing it to the limits and beyond. Achieving things like one finger push-ups and one inch punching power enough to send a grown man flying off his feet.
This book gives you the insights and secrets into his martial arts training and physical workout routines. Those were used to develop his own body and health to another level, Bruce referred to this as the expression of the human body.
If, you follow this simple routines you will benefit from and transform your body and health. Included in the training is Nutrition, aerobics, isometrics, stretching, and weight training all those things which are needed to maintain a fit and healthy body and essential for any martial artist of any style.
If, you are already martial artist this book will assist you in finding new exercises and training routines that actually work and come from a great source! You can Adapt your workout to include some of those exercises and take it at your own pace building slowly.
This book has various amazing photos that I found inspiring and as a fan of Bruce I find this book indispensable.
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Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: The complete Edition
Great Bruce Lee Books, this book has amazing images with the techniques are covered in great detail giving the reader the full information needed to learn or practice those techniques. Among the teaching is how to defend against street attacks with the ideal techniques to use on the street if the need arises.
This book guides you on how to train and develop your body movement
This was originally split into four separate editions but this is the updated complete edition of all four,
What ever martial art you do this book will enhance your techniques as Bruce did not want to separate the martial arts, so many of those techniques can be used in any martial art. Covering various topics some of those are Kicking, punching, parring, self defense and much more.
This book covers the fighting mans exercise, the on-guard position, footwork, power training, hand and feet techniques, sparring, many attacking techniques and speed, timing, attitude, tactics. In in-depth information on all the above
If, you are an aspiring martial artist this is a great book to help you understand the foundations of martial arts. You will find this book easy to follow and learn.
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Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense
This book was originally published in 1963 and has testimonies from great legendary martial artists regarding Bruce Lee. The techniques are shown in hand draw sketches with captions where needed. Covered are exercises, techniques, basic stances etc.
There is also the theory in regard to yin and yang with Bruce s thoughts on Kung Fu.
This book is a must for any Kung Fu practitioners to get an insight into what Bruce thought about Chinese Kung Fu, There is great information here like a list of the Southern and Northern types of Kung Fu, you will be amazed by this list, some of those arts maybe lost now?
This book is based on information before Bruce developed his own style and is an insight into where Bruce got his ideas from and the vast knowledge he had before developing his own martial art Jeet Kune Do.
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Previous Bruce Lee Books Reviewed
Bruce Lee books, I have listed my own personal favorites from the master of Martial arts.
Take advantage of the knowledge in those books above and treat yourself to your own copy of one of the above books. All of those books are amazing in one way or another, the information alone is priceless to anyone practices or interested in martial arts and Bruce Lee.
The books above will only enhance your knowledge, skill and understanding of martial arts.
Martial arts is an expression, this was always Bruce Lee`s point. Learn to express your martial art in the true sense.
Train hard, focus and practice