Vividly illustrating the techniques of a legendary innovator, this definitive examination explains how to survive attacks on the street, increase training awareness, and develop body movements. Originally compiled as a four-volume series, this revised edition breathes new life into a classic work with digitally-enhanced photography of jeet kune do founder Bruce Lee in his prime, a new chapter by former Lee student Ted Wong, and an introduction by Shannon Lee. This renowned compendium once again reclaims its place as an integral part of the Lee canon and a necessary addition for collectors and martial arts enthusiasts alike.
No one could help but notice Lee's abdominal muscles. "One of the most important phases of fighting," he used to say, "is sparring. In order to spar, you must be able to take punches in your midsection." To do this, Lee concentrated on several exercises that you can also adopt. The most popular are the sit-ups on a slant board. Secure your feet, bend your knees and, after placing your hands behind your head, lift your body toward your feet. Do as many as you can until you feel the strain around your abdomen. After reaching 50 to 100 repetitions, you can place a weight such as a dumbbell or barbell plate behind your neck and do your sit-ups.
Another excellent way of doing sit-ups is to sit at the edge of a bench, have someone secure your ankles and lower your body as far down as possible toward the floor. This exercise stretches your midsection much more, but it is more difficult to do. If you have a chinning bar (pull-up bar), you can also develop your abdominal muscles by hanging onto the bar with both hands and slowly lifting both legs until they are extended horizontally. Keep them in that position for as long as possible and try to beat your last record each time you do the exercise. Buy one of those kitchen timers to help you keep track of the time.
Another excellent exercise is the leg raise. Lie on the floor, keeping your back flat on it by pushing in your midsection and lifting your head slightly until you can see your feet. Keep your legs together and straight. Then lift them upward slowly and as high as possible. Then slowly return them to the floor.
To get the most out of this exercise, do not let your feet touch the floor—keep them about an inch above the floor and start to raise them again. Do as many repetitions as possible. If you have a weightlifting bench, you can do the same exercise. This exercise is also good for your lower back muscles.
Lee Jun-fan, commonly known as Bruce Lee, was a Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, martial arts instructor and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century.