Bruce Lee is widely regarded as one of the greatest martial artists in history.
Largely responsible for the surge of interest in Chinese martial arts during the 1970s, Bruce Lee taught martial arts from the age of 18 and starred in several movies.
In the below video, Lee discusses a Tao concept called “Wu Wei”. Wu Wei is translated to mean “effortless doing” or “effortless action”. It symbolises knowing when to act and when not to act, knowing the right moment to act and the right way to act.
Lee concludes that it is impossible to teach a specific set of actions for a particular moment, rather, we must look to our intuition and listen to our internal voice. A response should be made without thinking.
Demonstrating a headlock, Bruce Lee tells his opponent: “In this position your arms are useless. Can you kick or stomp your legs? If you wish to survive, what do you do?”
So what do you do? Some see this as dishonorable, or fighting “dirty”, but as Lee says in the video, it may save your life.