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Jeet Kune Do The Principles of a Complete Fighter
"This book is intended as a conceptual guide to Jeet Kune Do and the martial
arts in general. There are structural constraints on anything we do. Every
“game” we play has its rules. For our purposes, let’s distinguish between
objective and subjective structural constraints.
In martial arts, objective constraints involve the external environment.
When the ground is icy or wet, we have a greater chance of the fight going to
the ground. It makes sense, then, that those living in icy climates need to think
more about ground fighting in this regard. It is not surprising to see the forms
of combat developed in the tight spaces of the Hong Kong alleyways (Wing
Chun) differ greatly from the forms developed in the wide-open spaces of the
Chinese north. The external environment will always constrain what one can do
in a fight.
Subjective constraints, on this way of looking at things, involve those of the
body. A person of slight build who is tall and agile will have an easier time with
high kicks and long-range techniques. A person with a lower leg disability and
great upper body strength will tend to favor more powerful close-range
grappling. Who we are, determines what we can do."
Jeet Kune Do: The Principles of a Complete Fighter