I wanted to name this post, “I do not care: The New Tao of Jeet Kune Do: You can’t make me: The Scott White Story” But that wouldn’t fit in the title line. So you ask, hey Scott, why all the unprovoked anger today? And I say, “You’re not my dad! You can’t tell me what to do! If I want to run around the dojo wearing a Gi top and no pants….” er… thats a discussion for another day. But my inbox has been getting hit over and over again about the new updated release of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which in case you don’t know (what kind of martial artist are you anyway?) was Bruce Lee’s martial arts philosophy. Black Belt mag just did an interview with Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter regarding the recently released and expanded version. I didn’t read it, but I am guessing she didn’t say, “Our family decided that if George Lucus can re-release Star Wars every couple of years for no apparent reason, so can we. After all, why shouldn’t we make money with almost no work and less point?” Which would be a shame, because I really would respect such honesty. I mean heck, it is America, where every citizen dreams of one day being paid for not doing much. Anyway here’s list of the reasons behind the release.
1. To update the writing to “modernized for a contemporary audience”
That will be helpful. I mean, it was written in 1970, so most of us don’t read old english. And When Lee refers to iron horses and fire water, we know he meant trains and alcohol. Is this going to splinter the Jeet Kune Do schools, those that train the 1970 version and those who train the modern version? Oh the shame!
I know when I go out to buy a book about what a certain martial arts master said or thought, what I really want is what other people said he thought 40 years after the fact. Now I have no problem with writing a new book about what his friends and family thought he thought. How about calling it commentaries on the Tao of Jeet Kune Do? Naa, that wouldn’t sell.
I don’t know, what do you think? Am I just being a jerk on the subject? (hint the answer is no, its my blog darn it!) If one of you feel like buying both books and giving me a run down, I will be more then happy to post something about it. But until then, I have plenty of martial arts books I want to read, workouts to do, and punches to block with my face. I don’t have time for the “special features” portion of a 40 year old book.