Friday, November 4, 2011
Bruce Lee - Big Business. Too big?
Call off the hounds, I'm not bashing Bruce. He was an incredible martial artist, a visionary thinker and influenced martial arts during his brief life and for decades after his passing, to this day.
I was glancing over the magazine rack the other day and saw yet another special Bruce Lee collectors issue. I realized that I probably owned a half dozen super special 'all Bruce, all the time' editions of various martial arts magazines, several from the same magazine. For whatever reason, the thought crossed my mind that "Oh great, here's another one...". The strange part, of course, is that I'm a big fan. I mean, I'm always saying you should constantly examine your technique, adjust it to your own unique makeup, discard what you don't need or can't use (once you've truly explored it) etc.
I've read some of the articles written by Shannon Lee, and she seems to know her stuff. Her material seems to be trying to honour her father with class and humility. I have no problem with preserving a legacy or building on the foundation of the giants that we follow. After all, Bruce Lee was never static in his training, so Jeet Kune Do should continue to evolve with the times. I'm o.k. with all that.
But is it too much? Have all the books, the re-prints, the posters, the never before seen or read passages, the magazines, the figurines, the comics and all the swag become too much?
Does the big business of Bruce take away from the man and his message?
I don't know.