WikiPedia defines Bruce as: An American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or kungfu styles. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
The term ‘martial arts’ often refers to all of the various systems of training for combat. The system based trainings’ are pre-arranged and learnt. Generally, these different systems or styles are all designed for physically defeating opponents and or defending against threats.
Bruce was different though. It was the very ‘system’ itself that bothered him. He went on to pioneer a new style of martial arts which he called Jeet Kune Do.
Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is translated into the Style Of No Style. His style actually had no fixed or structured moves – his key strength was adapting to his opponent until a weakness was found.
While Bruce’s opponents built their style and much of their lives around learning and practicing specific forms of martial arts according their own ‘system’, Bruce viewed this fixation as a downfall and having serious vulnerabilities. His life was built on this very premise.
Consequently Bruce found, and in some cases created gaps in various martial art scenario’s to expose the inconsistency in regulated fixed systems and consequently, found the gap to lay a consequent blow. Bruce’s creative fluidity did 2 things; It firstly stunned his opponents who believed there ware no gap’s in their styles. Secondly it offered Bruce an opportunity to show the world that life (and opportunity) is lived between the gaps of fixed fighting systemic structures as well as fixed thinking paradigms. The system invariably only breeds the system.
His behaviour to go outside the lines of tradition martial arts constructs also seeped into mental behavioural paradigms and status quo thinking. An area Bruce also fought for rigorously for by introducing himself as the most serious candidate to American films and Western entertainment.
Translated into today’s thinking – Bruce’s philosophy speaks to us well past the grave. It says, be flexible, find the gaps and live unconventionally. Rewards come to the prepared opportunist if we can see a way to live outside ‘the system’.
It is your duty to expose your gifts and philosophy to the world, and if Bruce were sitting next to your right now I believe he’d be telling you to locate the gaps in what you want to do and fill those gaps with your unique brilliance.
Live YOUR life.