Academy of Martial Arts
Fight with Reality
Wu-Wei, the devastating Martial art taught by Bruce Lee in Seattle, Washington in the early 1960's. Wu-Wei was the original style that Bruce progressed into Jun Fan Gung Fu, then later into Jeet Kune Do. He was forever growing personally and in the Martial Arts. Take a glimpse into the art of "No Mind" still being practiced and taught by Bruce Lee's loyal friend and student, Sifu Joseph Cowles.
One of Bruce Lee's Greatest Philosophies of Wu-Wei was "Research your own experiences. Absorb what is useful. Disregard what is useless. Add what is specifically your own."
Wu-Wei Gung Fu is a non-classical, closed discipline of true combat oriented teaching and technique. It is designed for reality in self-defense encounters. It is an art in that it is the expression of one’s self in discipline, honest training, self-exploration, and research of experience. The final result and objective is to realize the development of the art as natural movement. “Simplicity is the end of art and the beginning of nature.”
The discipline of Wu-Wei Gung Fu is not for the tournament square. The real issue is not whether one can win a trophy, or be looked upon as a famous champion, but whether he or she can defend themselves (or the defenseless) in a given situation. The basic idea of martial arts is preparedness and discipline, with respect to others. We stress competition not with others but with ourselves. Am I further ahead now then before training? Am I still learning and progressing, is the art becoming a natural part of me? These are the type of question you should ask yourself during training.
This encourages self-determination and self-knowledge. Thus, it encourages reality. When speaking of the “self” we are not speaking of flaunting the ego, but rather of the exploring of ourselves and our experience, and expressing our own real personalities, characters, and the capabilities- without pretense.
Wu-Wei signifies the concept of spontaneous action without wasted movements. It is the concept not the name that is important. As Bruce Lee put it, “A quiet awareness” being physically relaxed while mentally alert to do what is necessary. My instructor once asked Bruce Lee if one technique is better than another, his reply was “nothing is best, it is what fits the moment that is best.” This is the concept of Wu-Wei. A quote from Bruce Lee’s first book gives a good insight to the definition of Wu-Wei, “it has been quite a number of years that I have indulged myself in Wing Chun, the school of artlessness. My mind is no longer distracted by the opponent, self or formal techniques, etc.. I have made my opponents techniques my techniques. My task is to simply complete the other half of the oneness and my action is that of Wu-Wei (spontaneous action) which is according to the circumstances without prearrangement. The training of mind, imagination, breath, and energy are all gone. There is nothing to try to do, everything just simply flows. This is what we strive for.”
Wu-Wei Gung Fu
Some Arts of Bruce Lee's Progression
Wu-Wei / Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do