Bruce Lee Kung Fu is Great Fighting Strategy!
Bruce Lee Kung Fu is basically his method called Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist). This fighting concept worked against a variety of martial arts. In this article we will cover the Stalking method of Classical Karate.
Classical Karate Fighting Tactics are based on the principle of stalking. You simply fix your attention on your opponent, wait for the opening, and then pounce. This is an excellent idea, but there are a few things wrong with it, especially as became evident when the Bruce Lee Kung Fu fighting strategy was in play.
Number one, the guy who attacks you on the street is not going to stalk, he is going to pounce. The psychos on the street, you see, are crazy, they aren’t capable of premeditated fixed attention and follow tactics, except in the most evil sense. Doing this on the mat i kung fu training is premeditated, and builds vast ability.
Number two, it gives away the causative viewpoint. If you are waiting, then you aren’t causing, therefore you are a victim. This is not true on the higher levels of kung fu, of course, but it is true on the lower levels of classical martial arts. At any rate, it makes the classical karate student dead meat for somebody using the Bruce Lee Kung Fu style of combat.
In the Bruce Lee Kung Fu method, when he was being focused on he would immediately move, and this undid the attacker’s method. The stalker could never keep his attention fixed; he could never settle into the ‘fix on the target mode.’ And the principle here is clear, you can’t stalk a prey who knows you are stalking them.
Now, the terrible result of all this is that many schools stopped teaching or pursuing the stalking method of fighting. This tended to lower the level of all freestyle. People simply went to boxing, and left off the development of stalking, and never discovered the true benefits of the stalking method.
Now boxing is fun, and it is good if you need quick self defense. I’m not going to argue that. But boxing does not lead to the higher abilities that classical martial arts methods create in the human being.
I have never heard of Boxers experiencing sixth sense abilities, like reading minds, seeing what a person is going to do before he does it, and that sort of thing. On the contrary, there are a lot of boxers who suffer from cauliflower ears, speech impediments, and other cranial disruption. Mind you, this doesn’t happen to everybody, but it does happen.
So, I put it to you, do you want the quick fix of the slobberknocker, the science of pugilism, and a retarded adulthood, or do you want higher abilities. You know Bruce Lee gave us so much, but in undoing the Stalking Method of Classical Karate Fighting Strategy there is another side. Probably the best solution would be to take what works from Bruce Lee Kung fu, and put it into the learning methods of traditional martial arts.