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Lee is best known as a martial artist, but he also studied drama and philosophy while a student at the University of Washington. He was well-read and had an extensive library. His own books on martial arts and fighting philosophy are known for their philosophical assertions, both inside and outside of martial arts circles. His eclectic philosophy often mirrored his fighting beliefs, though he was quick to claim that his martial arts were solely a metaphor for such teachings. He believed that any knowledge ultimately led to self-knowledge, and said that his chosen method of selfexpression was martial arts. His influences include Taoism, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Buddhism. On the other hand, Lee's philosophy was very much in opposition to the conservative world view advocated by Confucianism. John Little states that Lee was an atheist. He was asked in 1972 what his religious affiliation was, and he replied, "none whatsoever". Also in 1972, he was asked if he believed in God, and he responded, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not". The following quotations reflect his fighting philosophy. "Be formless... shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or creep or drip or crash! Be water, my friend..." • "All types of knowledge, ultimately leads to self knowledge" • "Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it". • "Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there". • "Quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough". • "I always learn something, and that is: to always be yourself. And to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate him". • "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential".
 He also became a heavy advocate of dietary supplements. Lee would try to consume them raw. the size of portions and number of meals were just as important. apples. describing them as providing calories which did nothing for his body. but discontinued drinking them later on in his life. rose hips (liquid form). tofu and steak and liver. he always tried to consume one or two daily. Linda Lee recalls Bruce Lee's waist fluctuated between 26 and 28 inches (66 to 71 centimetres). In traditional Chinese medicine. Acerola – C and B-Folia. allow quicker recovery times after exhaustion and stimulating the body. and Inositol and Lecithin supplements. banana. ginseng is also said to improve circulation. Given that most of these enzymes are destroyed when vegetables are cooked. often with honey or with milk and sugar. wheat germ oil. and would boost his metabolism by eating small healthy snacks such as fruits throughout the day. The enzymes in the juiced vegetables acting as organic catalysts which increase the metabolism and absorption of nutrients. He always preferred to eat Chinese or other Asian food because he loved the variety that it had. According to Lee. Lee also avoided baked goods and refined flour. In addition. including Vitamin C. she said. Lee regularly drank black tea. increase blood supply. They typically included non-instant powdered milk which is reported to have a higher concentration of calcium than other forms of powdered milk. acetylcholine. peanut butter. one could not fuel it with a diet of junk food. He later concluded that in order to achieve a high-performance body. he was particularly keen on carrots which would make up one half of the contents of the drink. Lecithin granules. bee pollen. celery. eggs. prepared in an electric blender". hormones. Lee started to take nutrition seriously and developed an interest in health foods. carrots and so on. with the remaining being split between the other fruits and vegetables. soon after he moved to the United States. wheat germ. and eighteen amino acids which allow for a quick energy boost. Some of Lee's favorite Chinese dishes were beef in oyster sauce. He would usually consume four or five smaller meals a day rather than a couple of large meals.Nutrition According to Linda Lee Cadwell. and with "the wrong fuel" one's body would perform sluggishly or sloppily. As a result he only ate dairy as part of cereals and protein drinks. The reason why Lee was so keen on juicing vegetables and fruits is that he believed it allowed the body to assimilate many nutrients more easily. Lee disliked dairy food although he felt that for building muscle he must consume milk. Lee often drank a royal jelly and ginseng drink as they contain B-complex vitamins. usually using powdered milk instead of fresh milk. including a high concentration of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Lee consumed green vegetables and fruit every day. brewers yeast for its B vitamins. . Lee's diet included protein drinks. Fruit and vegetables provided him with the richest source of carbohydrates. highprotein drinks and vitamin and mineral supplements. "He also drank his own juice concoctions made from vegetables and fruits. Vitamin E.
since virtually every movement requires some degree of abdominal work. muscular endurance. JKD. and both wrist curls and reverse wrist curls. Lee would ride the equivalent of 10 miles (about 16 kilometres) in 45 minutes on a stationary bike. and from 11 am to 12 pm he would weight train and cycle. then you had no business doing any hard sparring". leg raises and V-ups". including stomach. At that time he could perform single biceps curls at a weight of 70 to 80 lb (about 32 to 36 kg) for three sets of eight repetitions.. In Tao of Jeet Kune Do. it later resulted in weight gain or muscle mass. he wrote Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Lee changed his approach toward martial arts training. The repetitions he performed were 6 to 12 reps (at the time). Bruce forever experimented with his training routines to maximise his physical abilities and push the human body to its limits.. reverse curls. Lee trained from 7 am to 9 am. placing Lee a little over 160 lb (about 72 kg). concentration curls. which served his training and bodybuilding purposes effectively. dedicated fitness regimen to become as strong as he possibly could. However. A typical exercise for Lee would be to run a distance of two to six miles in 15 to 45 minutes.Physical fitness Lee was renowned for his physical fitness and vigorous. According to Linda Lee Cadwell. He was always doing sit-ups. in which he would vary speed in 3–5 minute intervals. push-ups. Lee was careful to admonish that mental and spiritual preparation was fundamental to the success of physical training in martial arts skills. and flexibility.500 books in his own personal library. ultimately is not a matter of petty techniques but of highly developed spirituality and physique. Lee included all elements of total fitness— muscular strength. While this method of training targeted his fast and slow twitch muscles. a conclusion he later disputed. . "Bruce was a fanatic about ab training. such as squats. and eventually concluded that "A stronger muscle. and running. After his match with Wong Jack Man in 1965. He employed many different routines and exercises including skipping rope. Lee would sometimes exercise with the jump rope and put in 800 jumps after cycling. She said of Lee. flexibility. Lee believed that the abdominal muscles were one of the most important muscle groups for a martial artist. Lee would also do exercises to toughen the skin on his fists. Lee felt that many martial artists of his time did not spend enough time on physical conditioning. even when not training. is a bigger muscle". along with other forms of exercises. Lee was documented as having well over 2. Roman chair movements. including thrusting his . cardiovascular endurance. He tried traditional bodybuilding techniques to build bulky muscles or mass. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. French presses. Lee would frequently perform sit ups and other abdominal exercises in domestic living throughout the day. crunches. Mito Uyehara recalled that "Bruce always felt that if your stomach was not developed. The weight training program that Lee used during a stay in Hong Kong in 1965 placed heavy emphasis on his arms. such as during watching TV.
 An article of the S. Physical feats Lee's phenomenal fitness meant he was capable of performing many exceptional physical feats. China Post writes "When a doctor warned him not to inflict too much violence on his body. even real pain' —Bruce Lee". • In a speed demonstration. Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer. according to author John Little. • Lee could cause a 300-lb (136.hands into buckets of harsh rocks and gravel.08 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a sidekick. and leave a penny behind. • Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups. holding the barbell there for several seconds. according to the Intercepting Fist DVD. Lee could snatch a dime off a person's open palm before they could close it. The following list includes some of the physical feats of which. • Lee could take in one arm a 75 lb barbell from a standing position with the barbell held flush against his chest and slowly stick his arms out locking them. • Also. . Bruce dismissed his words. He would do over 500 repetitions of this on a given day. • Lee performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger. Lee was capable: Lee's striking speed from three feet with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second. 'the human brain can subjugate anything.