Breaking Down the Walls
Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do concept, which is philosophically rooted in Zen, was and still is outstanding. The central aspect of it is to have no style, to avoid being limited by the confines of particular styles and to maintain a fully open mind with respect to everything. It is only with an open or empty mind that one can see clearly, without being blocked by the boundaries of particular ideas and ways.
Are All Styles Bad?
It’s not that every style is all bad. There are great techniques, training methods, and strategies in many styles. But in order for a style to be a particular style, it must be defined. It must be limited to particular ways. And those limitations become your limitations.
If the style you practice only trains striking, then you won’t know what do to if someone gets you into a clinch or on the ground. If the style you practice only trains grappling, then you won’t know how to handle someone who tries to strike you. If the style you train only involves techniques to certain areas of your body, then you will be ill prepared if your opponent attacks you in an area that is off limits in your style.
Some styles only train stand up, and some only train ground. Some styles only train strikes, and some only train locks. Some styles don’t train with weapons at all, and some only train with weapons.
In order to train real “self defense”, no single style is enough. Additionally, being limited by any single style is detrimental both mentally and physically, limiting what you are able to see and what you think about what works and what doesn’t work. Whatever you train or think operates Click to see the original article