Immortal Combat: Portrait of a True Warrior

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Blue Snake Books, Dec 26, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 192 pages
A complete overview of all aspects of combat, from the primitive to the cutting-edge, Immortal Combat uses Bruce Lee's life and work as a martial artist to examine the crucial differences between the soldier and the warrior. It draws an analogy between the ambitions of the competitive, ego-driven martial sportsman, typified by the career of karate champion Joe Lewis, and the spiritual aims of the martial artist, personified by the life of Morehei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. Bruce Lee represents the man torn between his ambitions and his art, who somehow has to reconcile the two. The book argues that the path of the martial artist is that of self-mastery and self-knowledge, while the ambition of the martial sportsman is to set himself above and apart from others. This thought-provoking read moves beyond the popular image of Bruce Lee as an action hero, placing his life and legacy in a deeper context.

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About the author (2006)

Bruce Thomas is the author of Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit--the definitive full-length biography of Bruce Lee--and Bruce Lee: Fighting Words. He trained in Kung Fu with the late master Derek Jones. Bruce is also the former bass player with Elvis Costello and the Attractions. His book about life on the road with the band, The Big Wheel, was short-listed for the Ralph J. Gleason prize for music writing and became a cult classic--it is shortly to be reissued by Helter Skelter.

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