One of the biggest questions I get, year after year year, is how did Bruce Lee die. At first I didn’t know. I searched through all the theories, his family was cursed, he was poisoned by jealous masters, he had a bad reaction to marijuana, tea, speed, aspirin, etc. None of these worked, all the theories fell apart under close examination. Recently, however, I found out the real reason Bruce died. It is totally logical, backed up by facts, makes sense, and I fell it is the real reason.
Did you know that Bruce had his sweat glands removed? That’s right. He was trying to get rid of ‘underarm blotch,’ which looked terrible on the camera. Now, sweat glands are important, and the ones under the arms VERY important. It is a way of cooling down the body when it is overheated. Overheated like working out, shooting films in 100 degree heat under lights, and so on. In the months before Bruce died word has it that he had fainted several times. His brain is supposed to have swollen. Again, a byproduct of heat. So Bruce Lee died through overheating his body, which was caused by his having certain of his sweat glands removed.
Can I be totally, 100% sure? No. But I can be 99% sure. His history, the condition of his body, the effect of removing sweat glands, it all makes sense.
I would love to have a doctor exhume the body and find out for sure. Except, it’s done. Whether it is misadventure through the removal of sweat glands, or Triad masters giving him repeated overdoses of aspirin. Bruce is gone. Thank God he was with us for a while, he sure left us some gold.
Here’s a link to a site filled with Bruce Lee info.
Have a great work out!
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Newsletter 800 What is Actually Happening With Matrixing and the Martial Arts
Good morning! The sun is shining, and then it is raining, and shining and raining, and so on. that makes it THE day for working out!
To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
I just received several emails. Some fellow was bashing me on his blog. He was a long time martial artist, quoted me, then proceeded to ‘dissect’ me. And, if anybody spoke up for me, he bashed them. Nice guy.
Anyway, I thought this made for a wonderful opportunity to explain about bad people in the martial arts, what really makes them, what you do about them, and…what is really happening with matrixing. So here we go.
Here is a scenario. You are in the seventh grade, and you are charged with teaching a fourth grader, you have to teach him how to multiply. You lay out the problems, you show him, and show and show him, and he just doesn’t get it. You get mad. Stupid kid. Teacher comes up, she doesn’t get mad, she just sort of straightens everything out. Now, here is what happened: you had never taught anybody. You didn’t know all the tricks. The teacher has seen it all, she knows all the tricks.
Now, the people who attack me, who attack matrixing, they are like seventh graders. They have done some martial arts, but they don’t know all the tricks. Or, in this specific, they don’t understand how all the arts fit together. They don’t understand the underlying principles, the real philosophy behind it all. So, they get mad.
And, think about it, they have spent their lives doing martial arts, and here I come along and say: oh, that’s not right, you should do it this way.
Man, am I a threat. So they strike back against what is threatening them, threatening their carefully cultivated view of themselves, of their construct of how the world works.
And, here is a proof for what i am saying: If they knew the truth they wouldn’t get mad. I don’t get mad…because I know the truth. I know how the arts fit together, I know all the tricks, the gimmicks and methods, the way it all works, so I don’t get mad when these fellows speak ill of me on blogs and chatrooms and so on.
If you know the truth you don’t get mad, you can look down to their level, and see what it is they don’t understand.
The problem is… you can’t make them understand if they don’t want to understand, that is to say, if they are holding to the small bits of truth they did manage to accumulate, to the methods and things that they constructed to try to make sense out of the martial arts which don’t always make sense.
Now, the specific fellow who was attacking me, was dissecting one of my Kenpo books. And it gets very interesting.
For instance, he claimed I wasn’t a serious student of Kenpo, which, in the book, I explained that i wasn’t a serious student of Kenpo, that I was applying matrixing principles to what i had learned decades ago.
For instance, he said my work needed more depth, which, in my book, I set forth the idea that this was a beginning, and that somebody should come along and exploit my principles to look deeper.
Do you get it?
He was saying things I had already pointed out in my book.
He was criticizing me using points i had already used to criticize myself.
Not very creative, especially for so called critical thinking.
But, here’s the kicker. in his attack he made an interesting statement, he said something to the effect that he had read my books, and that at a certain point he came face to face with
a different way of seeing things.
This was the effect of matrixing.
And he immediately pushed it aside, which is to say, he held on to his carefully constructed world, and was unable to evolve.
And, I will say something else. In my books I tell people, very plainly, that they can’t just read the books, they have to do the techniques, then they will understand, then they will get what I am talking about.
I gauran-forking-tee he did not do this. He was a seventh grader, thinking he was a teacher, and he read the book without doing ANY of the techniques. Without experiencing what I was really saying.
If he had done the book, instead of reading it like a comic, he would have been changed, that different viewpoint would have popped out, nice and neat and gently overwhelming, and he would have evolved.
His art would have evolved. He would have become a teacher, a real teacher, instead of a seventh grader thinking he was a teacher.
Now, I know what I have just said is the absolute truth, because I have seen it work over the last ten years.
There are thousands of people who have DONE the material I have written. Who have DONE the forms and techniques. Who have DONE the drills. And my wins book is packed with their stories. Over six hundred pages of thanks yous. Of ‘how did you ever figure this out?’ Of ‘OMG, I am making my own art, and it all makes so much sense!’
So that is the point i want to make here. You can read about, or you can do. But don’t bother criticizing what I’ve done until you have done it for yourself.
Don’t be a seventh grader, thinking you know it all, when you only know what a seventh grader knows. Don’t settle for that.
And, that brings us to where this matrixing thing is going. Let me make a few points. I love the martial arts. There is nothing i love more than doing the forms, working out with people, it is all a ball. But, I left the fighting part of the martial arts decades ago. I lived in a time that has passed where i was able to accumulate all the data, and make sense of it, and I was able to put fighting aside.
And, the point of matrixing is to help you do this, too. To learn how to fight so well, that fighting stops being a game of chance, and becomes a scientific endeavor, where you analyze and handle people like you are a teacher, and they are seventh graders.
We are talking about actual evolution here.
If you lived fifty years, you would have fifty years worth of knowledge. But what if I could give you that knowledge in a year or two? where would you be in fifty years then? You would be at a hundred years, because you would have my fifty, plus your fifty. And here is the interesting thing, the martial arts accelerate beyond that, once they are matrixed. It is not just about getting my fifty years of knowledge, it is about getting thousands of years of knowledge, all the knowledge accumulated by the ancients and passed down, and finally made sense of.
Let me ask you a question: what step of evolution is it where you don’t get mad?
You watch the world and everybody gets mad. The politicians lie and get mad, the corporate bosses, for all their success, cheat and steal, and get awfully mad. People on the street, they get mad in their cars, they flip each other off, they have road rage, they beat each other up with baseball bats. Husbands and wives get mad, they snipe at each other, and the next thing you know the man punches out the wife, the wife does a Lorena Bobbit, and…
do you get it?
From the playgrounds of our ‘educational’ institutions to the prisons, to the businesses and politicis, we are a raging, wild beast.
I don’t get mad. And I am telling you exactly why, because I have done the martial arts so much that I have given up fighting. Because I understand what frustrations all those seventh graders are having out there.
Do you want to get ‘unmad?’ Do you want to give up anger? Do you want to understand, not like a seventh grader, hopped up on GMO and vaccines and testosterone and all that, but like a calm, patient teacher?
Do you like a world where you are out of control? Where you travel from one conflict to the other, and never partake of the chocolate cake in-between?
That’s what I am selling, that’s the truth of what Matrixing does. That’s where you would be, if you could suddenly ‘evolve’ yourself. If you could leap past all the minor frustrations of a society that is dedicated to killing itself.
Now, the interesting thing is this: I have often thought about taking all the books off the market that are attempts to apply matrixing to other arts. It just seems to cause so much anger. People think I am trying to destroy their construction, instead of enhance it. They think i am attacking their art, when I am only trying to make it bigger, better, more logical. When all I want is to take them to the end of one street, and show them a thousand other streets. When I just want to evolve them.
My consideration is simple. Are my books causing anger among those unable to understand because they cannot do more than read, because they cannot do, because they cannot understand the instructions?
Something to think about, eh?
I’ve also thought about, and even begun work on setting up lines of endeavor which can be closely watched. I made an attempt at Monkeyland, and still think about the mistakes made I made, and how i could fix them.
I’ve thought about setting up a website dedicated to taking people step by step, but not allowing them to purchase the next step, until they have completed the previous step.
And there are reasons I haven’t done this yet, though I have made half starts. Reasons like I don’t have the time and wherewithal. Not very good reasons are these, I admit, but…that is where I am.
Okay, hope I didn’t bore you, hope I actually made some sense with this ranting, but let me just say this… the most important course I’ve got is the Master Instructor Course. I push it more than any other, because it lays out the way energy works in the martial arts, it presents how techniques work. And it tends to divest one of ALL the false reasons behind the actual martial arts. It tells you the information you need to instruct. It opens the door to the way of becoming a calm, patient teacher, and not a seventh grader. Here go.
I remember when Bruce Lee Died. It was a shock that went through the soul. Here was an icon,the best martial artist in the world, in perfect physical condition…dead.
How? Why? What happened?
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Interestingly, one of the first theories I heard as to the cause of his death came from a friend who was studying Tai Chi Chuan. The one word summation was: balance. And, the one sentence explanation was Bruce Lee was lacking balance.
I tucked this opinion away, collected facts, but it was literally decades before I matured enough as a martial artist to understand, and to accept, this opinion over the facts.
Let me say, before I continue, that I like facts. It could be said that only fools deal in opinions, and in most cases, this would be correct.
The person offering this opinion, however, was basing his opinion not on the facts of Bruce’s death, but upon the facts of the martial arts. It wasn’t until I was firmly matrixed in my approach to the martial arts that I understood this.
One of the facts that I continuously came across was that Bruce had an allergic reaction to marijuana, which was in tea he had drunk.
This is interesting, I have never read a study on this, is there marijuana in Chinese tea?
Another fact I came across is that Bruce had, again, an allergic reaction, this time to aspirin. But I think that the aspirin was given to him after he complained of a headache. And, I know it’s possible, but I just don’t hear of a lot of people, or any people, dying of allergic reactions to aspirin. Doesn’t mean it’s not possible, but…hmmm.
And, the third of these ‘facts,’ Bruce had a reduced fat content in his body. Now this is dangerous. And this could result in death. And this has much more substantiation in fact than the previous two theories.
Mind you, in saying this I realize that it is still opinion, and the only real fact we have is that we will never know. But this one fact, considered in light of the theory of ‘balance,’ really resonates with me. What was Bruce Lee doing that would result in a loss of balance, and which could possibly result in death? For the answer to that let’s consider how the martial arts are accumulated.
In matrixing one isolates the specific arts, and simplifies them to workable levels, and does not mix martial arts. In matrixing one studies the smaller pieces of the individual martial arts until they (eventually) blend into a larger and comprehensive whole.
Bruce, on the other hand, was doing a hybrid of the martial arts; he was doing, for one specific example, Wing Chun and Boxing.
I know, there was a lot more, he had 26 different arts at one count.
But consider the differences between just those two martial arts. Wing Chun controls the centerline and works on straight punches. Boxing moves laterally and has roundish punches.
Yes, a simplification, but bear with, for there are different concepts of chi power here.
In boxing, there is no focus on chi power, everything has to do with muscles. In Wing Chun, hoever, the focus is on chi power, and there is major emphasis on generating energy from the tan tien.
Could this mix of martial training, taken to the extremes that Bruce took them, result in an imbalance in the body? Could this have resulted in Bruce’s death?
Unfortunately, as with the other theories, there is no proof, and likely never will be, and we all never know. But it is something to consider.
The mix of the martial arts you study is definitely worth considering. Not because of the risk of death (Bruce was a singular and extreme case), but because mixing the various martial arts, and especially without simplifying them through the matrixing process, causes confusion, and results in a slower learned and less effective martial arts.
In closing, the point of this article has been to ask, not to state definitively, and that in an attempt to understand Bruce Lee. It is only through understanding, not through mindless worshipping, that we are going to reap the true benefits of this incredible person’s martial arts and existence.
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Free Bruce Lee Website Promises to be Significant!
Bruce Lee is the most famous martial artist of all time. He impacted upon America like a Kung Fu fist, shaking all our standards of Martial Arts style fighting and cinema alike.
Bruce’s Martial Art, Jeet Kune Do, would bring elegance to streetfighting, and a sureness of character.
Bruce Lee (The Little Dragon)
His movies would replace the pale chop sockie kung fu flix in a heartbeat.
It is only fitting, then that the most prolific martial arts writer of all time, Al Case, would choose to put up a website dedicated to The Little Dragon. Still in composition, the website is called Free Bruce Lee! And you didn’t even know he was in prison! (He he, snuffle snort–sorry, couldn’t resist).
Anyway, the website already has a handful of articles on Bruce’s life and times, including handwritten letters, articles his martial arts and insane workouts, and even pieces on his actual fights.
That Bruce Lee got in fights is no secret. He grew up in a tough town, was a member of a street gang called the ‘Tigers of Junction Street,’ fought in the Hong Kong Boxing Championships, and, of course, had that famous battle with Wong Jack Man.
The fight with Kung Fu stylist Wong Jack Man is, of course, the most interesting of all Bruce Lee’s fights, as it may be the one that Bruce actually lost, or at least came out on the sad side of a draw. There is MUCH controversy regarding this fight, and of particular interest is the article entitled: ‘Bruce Lee Battle with Wong Jack Man!‘
As has been noted, this website is in the beginning stages, but it promises to be the most valuable Bruce Lee resource on the whole net. It is in depth, written by a writer who lived through those times, and offers the unique perspective of a martial artist who has studied the life of Bruce Lee since 1967 (when the author began martial arts, and when Bruce Lee hit the small screen as Kato in the Green Hornet television series).
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