Sunday, January 20, 2008

Project DJKD - Deconstruction of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do

The story behind Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do (ToJKD) as I recall is as follows:

The book that was published was just Bruce Lee's notes for himself. It was never meant to be published. After his death, Dan Inosanto and Gil Johnson went through the notes and organized it somewhat and the result was what was published. It is well-known that Bruce Lee had an extensive library on a wide variety of subjects such as self-defense, physical culture, martial arts styles, philosophy, etc. Some of the illustrations which made it to the ToJKD were supposedly drawings traced from various books onto tracing paper. Edwin Haislet's Boxing formed the bulk of the ToJKD.

A few years ago, I was emailing with a friend who is an experienced martial artist, in addition to being an instructor, author and researcher. We were discussing the out-of-print book Jack Dempsey's Championship Fighting, IIRC. He mentioned that the ToJKD had parts of Dempsey's book. He then mentioned in passing that he deconstructed the whole ToJKD. That planted the seed in me that one day, although I don't have the resources that my friend has available to me, I would deconstruct the ToJKD to the best of my ability.

Fast forward to today, well, the decision to finally start this project and there you have it, one project that will be underway.

I am undecided if I will post entries here or make a separate blog of it. Thinking that the organization of it will probably be page by page with the ToJKD entry and the original source right underneath it. I will post future entries under the Label of Project DJKD. Wish me luck!



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