Martial Arts - Bruce Lee's Training Secrets HTML version
Bruce: I told him last time he's becoming very stylised. And it seems like his
consciousness is really - something is bugging him.
Danny: I think its heavy bag kicking.
Bruce: Too much heavy bag kicking and too much body twisting has affected him.
Danny: Yes. The power and the momentum.
He's working out real hard.
I would like to conclude by saying that speed and power comes from relaxation and co-ordination which
has everything to do with mind and body balance. From "The Bruce Lee Story" by Linda Lee and Tom
The following is Bruce's recollection of one of many training experiences with Professor Yip Man:
"About four years of hard training in the art of gung fu, I began to understand and felt the principle of
gentleness - the art of neutralizing the effect of the opponent's effort and minimizing expenditure of one's
energy. All these must be done in calmness and without striving. It sounded simple, but in actual
application it was difficult. The moment I engaged in combat with an opponent, my mind was completely
perturbed and unstable. Especially after a series of exchanging blows and kicks, all my theory of gentleness
was gone. My only one thought left was somehow or another I must beat him and win.
My instructor Professor Yip Man, head of the Wing Chun School, would come up to me and say, "Loong
(Bruce's Chinese name), relax and calm your mind. Forget about yourself and follow the opponent's
movement. Let your mind, the basic reality, do the counter-movement without any interfering deliberation.
Above all, learn the art of detachment."
That was it! I must relax. However, right there I had already done something contradictory, against my will.
That was when I said I must relax, the demand for effort in "must" was already inconsistent with the
effortless in "relax". When my acute self-consciousness grew to what the psychologists called
"double-blind" type, my instructor would again approach me and say, "Loong, preserve yourself by
following the natural bends of things and don't interfere.
Remember never to assert yourself against nature: never be in frontal opposition to any problem, but
control it by swinging with it. Don't practice this week. Go home and think about it."