“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 into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend”.
These iconic words are a testament to Lee’s martial philosophy. Bruce Lee’s level of fitness will remain a benchmark for centuries to come and his adaption to a wide range of traditions while sticking to his cores was what separated him from his peers.
Here is a sample log that can you an idea about his punching and kicking routines:
And who can forget those abs of steel. They were not just for fantastic visuals but they provided an armour, a shield that could withstand the heaviest of blows. Lee would have his trainer drop a medicine ball directly on his abdominal to further toughen the gut. Here’s an example of that workout:
It is important to note here that the definition of failure for Bruce Lee and normal humans is very different. He would do these abdominal workouts stretching hours on a length.
These are just a few sample workout that give you only 1 percent of Bruce Lee’s fighting and training method. There’s a whole world of archives that are stocked with Lee’s approach to martial arts. Just to start off the day, Lee would run 4 miles in 24 minutes, which is 16 km per hour running speed. What’s your best lap time?