Cover to Cover: Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method – Advanced Techniques

Posted: January 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 2 Comments »

Sometimes I buy books I don’t plan on reading.

It doesn’t happen very often — honest — but I’ve done it a couple of times. Sometimes it’s been because a book is just so unusual that I can’t resist it. Sometimes I’ll pick up a book because I think the design is beautiful, and I appreciate it more as an object than prose.

And in the case of Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: Advanced Techniques, it’s because it’s just so damn cool.

The book is the fourth and final installment in the Fighting Method series, and is crammed full of step-by-step lessons in Lee’s Jeet Kune Do style of martial arts, as well as pictures of Lee beating the hell out of co-author Mitoshi Uyehara. I’m sure the photos are posed, but as we all know Lee could kill 10 normal men even when he was faking it.

For the most part, Advanced Techniques is a fairly dry collection of fighting methods; “your rear hand should be in the guard position” and “the stop-kick is not necessarily a countering blow,” things like that. Which is why I really doubt I’ll ever read it front to back. On the other hand, it is the kind of book I definitely leaf through for the pictures, the casually inserted philosophy, and the literal poetry (not Lee’s, though, and that’s too bad).

But mostly, it’s just nice to have some distilled, Bruce Lee coolness on the book shelf.

I’ve made the back cover a little bigger (click to see) so it’s easier to go through the list of books Ohara Publications was offering. There are six books on being a ninja, more books by and about Bruce Lee, and even Chuck Norris telling you how to win karate tournaments. If it doesn’t include sweeping the leg, I’m going to be really disappointed.

Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: Advanced Techniques
Cover design/photo: Unknown
1996 edition (Ohara Publications, Inc.)

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2 Comments on “Cover to Cover: Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method – Advanced Techniques”

  1. 1 jonathan briggs said at 11:29 am on January 26th, 2012:

    Master Ninja Theme Song!!!!

  2. 2 Maxo Romero said at 4:29 pm on January 27th, 2012:


    But I think Lee would only let you get as far as, “Mas …” PEOW!

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