Enter the Dragon

Bruce Lee's ridiculous training helped his mind and body.He is a cultural icon, martial arts master and a great philosopher.  Bruce Lee is a man that has lived past his time.  To this day, people are inspired by his life and what he did.  Most of feats were in the martial arts disciplines, but his philosophy on life, is something that is quite interesting.  It can be applied to not only athletes, but in everyday life. 

Bruce was born on November 27th, 1940 in San Francisco and spent only a few months there.  He returned to Hong Kong with his parents a year later.  In Hong Kong, Lee began developing the mentality that would shape him for the rest of his life.  Bruce began to get involved with the local gang scene and in 1953, he lost a fight with a rival gang.  This is the beginning of the “Dragon.”  He began to study Wing Chun with Sifi, Yip Man.  With his teachings and astounding speed and talent, Lee never lost a gang fight again.  To continue his education, Lee’s parents shipped him back to San Francisco in 1959.  He received his high school diploma a few years later and at this time, Bruce is an amazing marital artist.  He continued to work on his fitness and training.

Bruce begins to make his own style of fighting and applies it to his life and in everything he does.  He has been quoted as saying, “Be Formless, shapeless like water. Now if you put water into a cup it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle, you put it into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash, be water my friend.”

I’m not a philosopher, but this is a pretty good way to look at riding and the mentality it takes to be successful.  The key is to flow; you want to flow with the track.  This sounds crazy, but when I am riding at my best, I don’t think about anything and I just go with the bike and the bike is almost like an extension of me.  If you fight your way through everything (not only on the track, but in training and in life), you are going to get beat down quicker.  When the track gets rough, ride a gear higher and be smooth with everything that you do.

Bruce Lee has a few other quotes that are really interesting and link the physical aspect and mental aspect together.  So, in the next few days, I’ll have some more Bruce Lee stuff.  His whole life and view of the body and mind are incredible.  Any one that is serious about racing and being competitive, you should take a look at Bruce Lee.

Posted on Sep 01 2009, under Training | No Comments »

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