BRUCE LEE's Jeet Kune Do way of fighting/thinking,
Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee, always Bruce Lee ! Yes, always Bruce Lee. But why ? Because of his movies ? No, Jackie Chan (or many others) are doing very good movies too. Because of his death ? For sure, it helps to build a legend, but a lot of "famous" Martial Artists die and disappear from people's mind. Because of what, so ? Because of the knowledge he let us. Bruce Lee is an idea, a concept, or better, an ideology, a conception. Bruce Lee brought to Martial Arts what Spinoza or Descartes brought to Philosophy : freedom. The idea is simple : Martial Arts, like life is a personal way, so you must build it by yourself. So you need to make choices, the right choices for you. And to make the right choices, you have to test, to criticize, and finally to "absorb what is useful" (cf Bruce Lee). There are no Way to follow, but one Way which is YOUR Way. Styles are important because they own some parts of the Truth, of the Efficiency spirit, so you have to learn them, to know them and to take the "substantifique moelle" (cf Rabelais) but Bruce Lee said they were "cristallisation", sclerosed by venerating disciples of a dead master. Lee's philosophy is huge, interesting, and open-minded. But it's disturbing for a single Black Belt who only swears by his style. Accepting being disturbed and daring to throw back into question is the basics of classical occidental philosophy, isn't it ?
But if Bruce Lee succed in imposing his way of thinking, it's not only because it was grounded on serious thoughts, but also thanks to his strong personality. His expression was so tough, so determinated, that he could transmit his efficiency. A Japanese legend describe the perfect combat as a non-combat, when both fighters know before fighting who will win. Bruce Lee got that in his eyes. "L'esprit guerrier". And his technique was really exceptional :