I always viewed Bruce Lee as a phenomenal martial artist - a man with exceptional strength and agility.
I didn't understand until the moment I watched this interview how much of a Master and Philosopher he truly was. It all started when I somehow stumbled upon Bruce Lee's martial arts style that he created, Jeet Kune Do. After studying it a bit I quickly realized there was more to the man than the voice dubbing and lightening quick reflexes.
The basic principles of Jeet Kune Do are:
Here's what Bruce Lee had to say about Jeet Kune Do. It's simple and beautiful.
"I have not invented a 'new style,' composite, modified or otherwise that is set within distinct form as apart from 'this' method or 'that' method. On the contrary, I hope to free my followers from clinging to styles, patterns, or molds. Remember that Jeet Kune Do is merely a name used, a mirror in which to see 'ourselves'. . . Jeet Kune Do is not an organized institution that one can be a member of.
Either you understand or you don't, and that is that. There is no mystery about my style. My movements are simple, direct and non-classical. The extraordinary part of it lies in its simplicity. Every movement in Jeet Kune-Do is being so of itself.
There is nothing artificial about it. I always believe that the easy way is the right way. Jeet Kune-Do is simply the direct expression of one's feelings with the minimum of movements and energy. The closer to the true way of Kung Fu, the less wastage of expression there is.
Finally, a Jeet Kune Do man who says Jeet Kune Do is exclusively Jeet Kune Do is simply not with it. He is still hung up on his self-closing resistance, in this case anchored down to reactionary pattern, and naturally is still bound by another modified pattern and can move within its limits.
He has not digested the simple fact that truth exists outside all molds; pattern and awareness is never exclusive. Again let me remind you Jeet Kune Do is just a name used, a boat to get one across, and once across it is to be discarded and not to be carried on one's back."
— BRUCE LEE; excerpt from Wikipedia
Bruce Lee's truth was simple, direct, and formless. He encouraged and challenged us as human beings to express ourselves honestly and with honesty.
Bruce Lee - Lost Interview
Wikipedia - Jeet Kune