It’s amazing at his youthful age, he had an intelligent grasp of knowledge in the spiritual and philosophical aspect of martial arts – a rare attribute that is a far cry from the present day of martial art / TKD exponents who seem to seek excitement from tournament sparring, and engaging in ego-trip pursuits.
One of his favorite quotes:
” Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water;
You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle;
You put water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot;
Water can flow or it can crash;
Be water, my friend.”
Excelling only in the physical ‘body’ aspects of martial art training is insufficient. Developing the ‘mind’, cultivating and nourishing the ‘SPIRIT’ aspect are requirements for one to be rightfully called a true ‘MASTER’.
There will be more video clips on this martial art legendary and commentary of his philosophy.
Bruce Lee’s Most Famous Interview – “Be water…”
Published on Sep 13, 2015
1971 – Bruce Lee, “The Mandarin Superstar,” discusses the relationship between martial arts and philosophy on the Pierre Berton Show.