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Leave No Stone Unturned


Bruce Lee was an innovator. And innovators are known for going outside their own fields and gaining insights and ideas from other fields and will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of knowledge and information that will assist them in what they are doing. Many people in the JKD community are aware of the depth of Bruce Lee’s research into anything and everything that might of benefit to him and increase his knowledge as a martial artist. However a lot of people are not. In the three-volume set of Bruce’s notes I received as a founding member of the Bruce Lee Foundation, there are over five pages of notes under the section ‘The Bruce Lee Library on Movement and Expression’ which are passages underlined by Bruce in a book entitled, “Dance: A Creative Art Experience” by Margaret N. H. Doubler. Here are some excerpts from those notes that I thought people might find interesting:


“Technique and expression really become one and the same things; if we think of technique as the only adequate means of expressing. Developing technique means directing and changing the attained, seemingly natural ever economical fluid (speed/power patterns into their related art forms).”


“A study of movement must penetrate into the anatomical functions of joint structure, which determine the range and kinds of movement (such as bending, stretching, and twisting), the various types of locomotion, and the load-bearing capacities. It is the anatomical structure that sets the mechanical limits for motor response.”


“What has not impressed cannot be expressed. A properly functioning mind is constantly receiving impressions, associating them, refining them, selecting and releasing them, and so transforming them so that then may better serve its purpose.”


“Dance technique is the dancer’s artistic integrity working through his nerves and muscles.”


“It is clear too, that the perfection of the body must mean more than the development of muscles and nerves; it must mean also a trained, enriched attitude of the whole human being.”


“The very basis for aesthetic expression in movement is this heightened sensitivity and awareness.”

“Mental states can be expressed only by actions, and can be communicated through their visible, characteristics attributes in the observable body.”


“It is clear, too, that the perfection of the body must mean more than the development of muscles and nerves; it must mean also a trained, enriched attitude of the whole human being.”


“In art, all knowledge must ultimately become intuitive. Every form of information should be so absorbed and transformed by the personality that the artistic expression which has grown out of that knowledge seems to be the inevitable product of spontaneous impulses. Such is the effect of the very greatest works, the works of supreme art.”


In his search for understanding and personal growth Bruce Lee left no stone unturned and utilized numerous innovation principles such crossing boundaries at will and conceptual blending. Perhaps he can serve as inspiration for you to also step outside the field of martial arts and leave no stone unturned in your own investigation of knowledge and information that will assist you in what you are doing.





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