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What Is The Best Martial Art? Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Student

What Is The Best Martial Art? Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Student

– Well yeah, I think that’s cool. What made you get into the different types of martial arts styles? What was it that made it best for you? (slow music) – I think it’s mainly because when I was going through high school, in here, and I was one of the three
Chinese in my school. So I got bully and the
kids, they bully me. A couple of kids beat me up and stuff. So then I thought to
learn to defend myself. I remember it was one night I was watching a Bruce Lee movie, “Return of the Dragon.” You remember how he went to Rome and kick all the bad guys ass? – [Jason] Yeah, that was pretty cool. – With Chuck Norris and I thought wow. Before that I’ve heard of Bruce Lee but I’ve never watch his
movie, anything like that. And that just blew my mind. Right after, I told my mom I got to learn Karate or something. And so I signed up for Karate class near my home and I join it. From there, I learn other martial art like Chinese martial art, Wing Chun and all that. And funny thing is, after
I learn martial art, no kids beat me up anymore. I think, through that, I
learned self confidence. And how to stand up for myself. Interestingly enough, back then there was one kid that beat me up and
after I learn martial art, I actually became his SIFU. He’s learning martial art from me. And we had a very good relationship. He apologize and that’s when I found out I’m a teacher, that I like to teach, that I have a teacher’s heart. And at the time, my greatest dream was just to open up martial arts school. Before I got into the whole
business world and everything. But that was my dream. Just open a martial arts school, have a group of students, that was it. ‘Cause money never interest me that much. And so, in a way, what I’m doing now, it’s a different way to fulfill that dream with my students and
speaking and all that. And I’m making videos. Yeah, it’s interesting. – [Jason] That is interesting. I also think it’s ironic ’cause now, you’re a successful entrepreneur and you’re doing all these
different types of videos. What made you do martial
art videos though? Even though you’re a
successful entrepreneur? – I never thought about
doing martial art videos. I thought it was just a fun thing to do. I had this idea. I have so many followers and I’m uploading all these (mumbles) videos of my speaking and training and that’s
cool but I thought maybe, I could make some martial arts videos. Number one, to document my own journey. To see my own progress. ‘Caused thinking back, I
wish I had few more videos when I was training and
doing different things. I wish I have those and now
with YouTube it’s easier. Because there was a period of time when I was younger, I
was training every day, two, three hours everyday. I was very fanatic. And then I won a couple of tournament and stuff like that. – Cool. – And as I got into business because of work and so busy so I didn’t train martial art for many, many years. So about six months ago I got back into it and I just love it. I thought if I love it so much why not share it with the world about my passion. Also people, my fans,
my followers who like my business stuff, they see
a different side of Dan. They say it, hey, you know what? I, actually, like this too. I’m a Bruce Lee fan and that has, even the Bruce Lee
philosophies have shaped what I do in such a deep level. That I integrate a lot
of that into my life. I thought that would be
very, very interesting. What I didn’t expect is
now it would be so popular. That some of the martial
arts videos just took off, as you know, you helped
me with the channel. People loved the videos. I have people commenting,
they are calling me SIFU and all of that. I’m not a SIFU and really, I’m just a guy who likes
martial art, it’s my passion. I’m not a full time martial artist. I put it in description. I don’t have a school. Sometimes they send me a message and comment they want to
come and learn from me. I said I don’t have an online course, I don’t have video training, I don’t have a school. I don’t have any of that. It just what I love to
do and it’s all free, I put it online. If you would like it, they can watch it. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to watch it, it’s okay. But it’s more for that. For my own journey to document that, to share my passion, to
document my own progress. It’s fun, I think it’s very, very fun. – Your channel, I notice there’s a lot of positive comments on there. What do you do about
the negatived comments that come on there though? – I think most of the
comments are pretty positive. I would say 95% of the
comments are positive. They appreciate the effort that we put in to making the videos. – And they’re from all these
different countries too. – All over the world, all over the world. It’s amazing. And that’s one thing I never expected. Even with other social media. Other social media, Facebook,
all that is all great. But YouTube, I feel like
there’s a connection. That with the viewer, whoever is watching the video, that I feel like wow, like they know me and I
feel like I know them. They share a very personal story with me. They comment, that’s good. I, actually, read them all. That they’re saying hey, you know Dan that I’m a Bruce Lee fan too and I’m a teenager. I’m thinking of learning martial art. Do you think I should learn it? Or sometimes I see a comment from someone who is like six years old. Is it too late for me to learn? I’m like wow, okay, so maybe my videos have inspired them in some way. That’s a pretty good feeling. So that now, I’m more determined. That I’m gonna schedule the time, I’m gonna make more videos as I progress in my own journey. Even I’m getting better in shape. I was in phenomenal shape before. But through work and working in front of computer all the time, right? Now I’m getting back
into it and it’s good. It feels really, really good. And because after make videos, I cannot be slacking off. I got to train, I got
to block all the time. So now I’m training about
five, six hours a week. So three days a week. That also helps me with
my fitness and everything. That’s awesome. That’s really, really good. And sometimes people ask me the question like which martial art is the best? What martial art is good? And sometimes you see
these negative comments. – There are arguments. – Yeah they’re arguing,
no, I could kick your ass. – Yeah just silly stuff. – Or this kind of stuff. I mean think about it. Anyone posting that kind of comments, if they need to beat
somebody or hurt somebody to prove their self worth, I think it’s pretty sad. That it means they’re, probably, not a happy person. And I think martial art is a way to, it should give you peace. That it shouldn’t bring out more violence. And you notice martial art
if very, very interesting. Why I love it so much is, in Chinese there’s a quote we
call that (Chinese Phrase). It means self actualization
through martial art. (Chinese Phrase). So if you think about martial art in modern age, that
talk about self defense. You learn how to defend yourself and that’s all good but why train hours, every week, for years for five or ten seconds may not
happen in your life? – That’s true. – If you think about it it makes no sense. It, actually, makes no sense. That why you train that
many hours for that. Something that may not happen to you. Nowadays, really, most people would rather be on iPhone and iPad and computer. If you talk abut self defense, it’s 10 times more
efficient just get a knife. – Yeah. (laughs) – I don’t care you train for 10 years, 20 years, I get a knife. I, instantly, have a huge edge over you. Or in the states, get a gun. – That’s right. – So whatever training you’ve got, somebody got a knife. – It goes right out the window. – It goes right out the window. So it makes no sense. For self defense and some people, oh I do it for self defense. Actually it makes no sense. If you talk about self defense, if a knife is 10 times more efficient and if not for self defense, oh it’s for health and fitness. Yeah but you can golf. – Yeah, you can golf. – You can play basketball. You can play football. You can do so many sports. Then why martial art? For me, I can only speak for myself. I found that through training, when even I’m doing a movement, when I’m practicing something that’s when self actualization comes in. That I am eliminating my own defect. That as I learn this move I do this punch, always that doesn’t have the speed I want, it doesn’t have the power that I want. It doesn’t accurately that I want. I got to train it, I
got to think about it, I got to learn it. And through that process is almost, to me at least, is a form of meditation. You can meditate here,
just meditate that’s cool. But through the motion I find that wow, I learn a lot about myself. – [Jason] It’s, definitely, another level. – Another level and it’s easy to be calm when you’re sitting down, there’s nothing happening to you. But how can you be calm when someone is trying to hit you. – [Jason] Yeah, exactly. – Trying to hurt you. And that kind of stuff I find it transfers into my day-to-day life. So I love that, the focus, the discipline. Being able to face your own demons. Even your own bullshit. So you might say, hey, I’m pretty good, I’m pretty fast. Are you really fast? Are you really good? Can you actually, I hit pretty hard, can you actually hit pretty hard? So you got to face the truth. And that’s why I love when Bruce Lee said, “Martial art is,
honestly, expressing yourself.” I think it’s very, very true. That you can say whatever you want but it’s the truth. Is the stuff good, is the stuff not good? I find that fascinating. So I think this is a form of exercise, a form of meditation that I enjoy. So many people on YouTube watching videos. I think that’s why people like my videos. That they might like my teaching and some people, they
may not like my teaching. They might have negative
reviews, negative comments. But most of the time, you see people who will leave negative comments, first of all, most of them
they don’t have a face. They don’t have a picture. – Exactly. – Why is that? – Self confidence issues. – Self confidences issue, yeah. – It could be all kinds of things. – All kinds of things and you need to be afraid to show
the world who they are. They are very brave
hiding behind a keyboard but a keyboard warrior. But versus being out there. – Yeah, expressing yourself on video. – Yeah, why don’t you make some video? – Yeah, let’s see how you do right? – See how you do and see
who are you impacting? – Exactly. – Who are you helping? Easy to just criticize. Don’t criticize what you haven’t done. That’s why I rarely, myself, even I go to a movie, even it’s a lousy movie, I rarely criticize any kind of movies, even though it’s a lousy movie. Because I don’t believe people should criticize what they have not done. If I criticize it, you make one – There’s a lot of work to go in a movie. – Even lousy ones. Then you go make one. Unless you can do it better than the guy, then don’t criticize. – Right, you have no space to do that. – No space to do that. And that’s what I believe in. And people comment and criticize. Most people, they’re not
happy people unfortunately. – That’s true. – And that goes against
the meaning of martial art. Finding peace, finding happiness, finding internal happiness. That’s not what the art is about. The art is about finding
inner peace and happiness. And I think people learn it the wrong way. Sometimes you see a comment, oh Dan, I want to challenge
you and all this shit. – There’s some ego issues also. – No, no, no, no. – (mumbles) ego, pride. – You don’t need to challenge me, you win. You win. You want to tell people you beat me up. You want to tell people you’re better. You want to whatever. I don’t, really, care. It’s not what it’s about. To hurt me, I’m gonna defend my family. Or I’m gonna sue the
guy, it depends right? (laughing) Only thing I have, I got monies. – Modern style. – Yeah, I got money so I can sue the guy. But yeah, it’s not what it’s about. I think it’s learning through what you are learning
and through that exercise and proving yourself is
an interesting journey. I’m glad. People like it. Hopefully we’ll keep making videos and I’ll make them till
people don’t like it. Hopefully they still like it. But we try to crank out so many videos on a regular basis. – Absolutely, awesome. Thanks for sharing that with me. – You’re welcome. (soft music)

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65 thoughts on “What Is The Best Martial Art? Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Student

  1. Hey this video inspired me dan thanks your really good with words and that's a perfect example or criticism shocked me well hope u keep making more videos of your martial arts adventure

  2. I am just being transparent and raw! One of my mentees Jason wanted to interview me. I have never really revealed this to most people.

    If you can relate to this post your comment what you learned or what inspired you.

  3. I'm new but I love martial arts and looking forward to learning more about fighting and keep up the good work I really enjoy your videos

  4. I wanted to learn Martial Arts simply because I have NEVER ever felt the feeling of winning in a fight.

    I'd ALWAYS lose whether it be street fight, one-on-one, boxing match, taekwondo match and others. People would challenge me just to beat me up. It is demoralizing.

    I'm dying to know what it feels like to be strong, so I started searching for the best Martial Art possible.

    Then I remember that my Father gave me Bruce Lee's book, "The Tao of Jeet Kune Do" which was also given to him by his brother and so I started reading.

    That book not only changed the way I look at principles of Martial Arts but also in life.

    Jeet Kune Do is explosive, an offensive art. To finish the fight as quickly and as simplistic as possible. I liked that idea. And so I started practicing.

    With the help of your videos and other Youtubers as well, I got to expand my knowledge on the Art of fighting.

  5. be like water is not about fighting.its about self actualization .Like a river meandering and cutting through land to find the sea.remember Colorado river formed grand canyon.sea is like self actualization.water always finds it's way.the more I know about you ,more I get inspired from you.bruce was a genius .Years after his death he influenced may not know it.,but that man brought out the best in you.,as he does for many.

  6. Thanks alot for all the videos that you take the time out of your busy schedule to do… you explain and show everything in your videos make it very clear also make them easy to learn…hope to see many more videos from you keep up the good work thanks alot, very inspiring!

  7. Brother you are an inspiration. I am proud of you. If Bruce was here he would be proud too. Good bless you.

  8. Nice,clear n transparent views of Mr.Dan Lok. keep up the good work. there is lot more to learn from your videos. i really enjoyed it n practise it on regular basis. God Bless.. Take care

  9. I find your videos clear, concise, instructive and inspiring. I've been a fan of Bruce Lee's philosophy, art and approach to life for a long time and it's nice to get insight into such techniques as trapping that the YouTube format allows. As a kid this information was not accessible. So thank you and please keep them coming!

  10. I have got to admit, these contrasting styles of video make this channel so refreshing. I first came to this channel by the paper punch video, but now the channel has inspired me to really push my self in London in business. I'm organising my first executive level seminar only 1 or 2 weeks after finding this channel. Thanks, Dan, really looking forward to meeting you in person one day.

  11. Thank you for the great interview and for revealing so much personal information…I like the way you teach and your video presentations are superb…keep em about a tutorial on some effective training tools like the bamboo ring …that would be interesting..all the best..and keep up the inspiring tutorials…

  12. You are such a cool dude and it shines through your videos. I think a part of the reason why your videos are so good is because you aren't a martial arts teacher. You have no incentive to exaggerate like some teachers.

  13. Hello sir a very good insight into your martial arts training much respect to you sir keep up the good work

  14. I like this video do what make you happy don't care what others think we need more people like you I want to learn JKD to I'm a big Bruce Lee fan too my Dad introduce me to him to watch his videos I'm 19 years old

  15. I love your video's so much you have inspired me so much ever since i started watching your video's i am 13 years old and i just want to say thank you for making the video's

  16. Love your videos Dan. I started watching them just because you’re such a good teacher. Then I learned about your other business videos. You should be very proud. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  17. By the way, what do you think of the Ip Man movies? I recently watched Ip Man 3 and thought it was great, and I had no idea what they were saying, but got the idea.

  18. That question is why do we learn martial arts?Do we learn martial arts to make us look cool or for showing off or do we learn martial arts so we can exspress ourselves on how we feel?

  19. I would love to train with you no matter if it is business or martial arts. You are very inspiring to me. I am 40 years old now and wish I had a mentor like you in my life.

  20. Very interesting, Sifu Lok. Having also studed martial arts after seeing Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon" in the '70's, I admire your philosophy. I'm into taiji and bagua, rather than external styles. Best Wishes to you!

  21. Respect. Great interview. Lot of good points made. Martial arts is the only thing that keeps me sane and moving forward in life.

  22. all martial arts have certain truths and goes to the root once you understand the root you understand everything that grows from it

  23. Hey Dan, way to develope A. Communication B.Training your self to pro perpetuate forward. C Confidence. D Eventually developer mastery.

  24. I have never commented on ANY Youtube video before in my life. I have been watching your videos because I'm considering getting back into martial arts despite some disability. But this one is the best one I have seen so far. Thank you for the insights, because I was analysing why I want to get back into it, and I concluded it's not for reasons of self defence even before I saw this. You pretty much validated here all the conclusions I had been coming to. I have bookmarked this video to use as a reminder.

  25. Hi 老师,
    I'm really happy watching this video and listen to you speaking about Martial Arts. It's pretty important to know who is speaking, who is making the video and what is his feeling. I never use to speak about my passion of Martial Arts on my videos but about other passions like Natural Farming (Masanobu Fukuoka) and Sumi-e. But in fact, all my passions are linked by simplicity and what we call in France "l'amour du geste" (love of gesture, in English ?). I'm really happy finding your channel on Youtube, I will show it to my son. He's my only one studient 🙂 He loves Wing Chun and Bruce Lee. I'm not going to explain you my life but I just want to tell you that Martial Arts saved my life not because of a fight, but helped me to overcome a very difficult moment. Thanks for sharing your videos.

  26. EXACTLY Sifu, we train in Martial arts so that we may find Peace Not War, But if that War should come we are prepared.

  27. Nihao;

    I stumbled across your videos by accident I must admit. You're JKD demo's peaked my interest as I too am a fan, (yes I know, cliche), but I must say you have demonstrated some of the worthier components very well.

    Fundamentally the study of Martial arts in my opinion, is in effect the study of self and I was most interested to hear you say something similar, which is what spawned the desire to comment. I read a book on Ninjutsu many years ago where I was somewhat surprised to see the emphasis that it made on the point of '…master of his environment..' , the book made great attempts to emphasize that this did in fact mean his 'environment'. Not just "I am Ninja fear me because I am a master of death'. but master of his ENVIRONMENT. That included, farming, cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc.. I believe that the point the author was trying to make was similar to your point of 'knowing your self'. To be a true martial artist is in fact to know and understand ones environment, and the effects we have on it, either through action or inaction, and that as a martial artist we should consistently be trying to improve our selves in order to improve our own understanding of said environment.

    I have not seen your business videos and to be frank I have no interest in them. That 'world' has no meaning to me. I will however say that you do seem to have the spirit of a teacher, and exemplify that which is most important as an instructor, the joy of passing on knowledge to an interested audience. Please do continue following your passion, you do it very well.

  28. With this title you should have discussed the pros and cons of famous styles but you just talked about yourself Mr. Dan Lok.

  29. ı find martial arts are good way to improve self confidence even in a short period of time it improves self confidence ı know in a short period of time you can only improve ur self confidence a little bit but still you can see the difference between before traning and after

  30. I haven't taken a look at your business videos. Jeet kune do is what brought me to your page. I am a Bruce Lee fan and I would like to learn more. Thank you for your inspiration. I will take a look at your other videos. I have goals of getting a business degree so your videos would help

  31. I want to sign up for Karate with my daughter not just so she can defend her self but to learn discipline, self respect, and so on. greatest thing I ever did when I was A kid.

  32. Dan, I haven´t a picture, but I love your videos and teaching. I see your videos because you are a great person and great martial artist. Thank you for sharing your beautiful videos. A big hug for you from Sevilla, South of Spain. And for me (a humble student of Chinese Martial Arts) you are a Sifu. So, thank very much, Sifu. 🙂

  33. that's right .I have been learning martial arts for 4 years on my own but it had transformed my personality completely and got me into to learn mix martial arts incoporating tkd,jkd,wingchun,ninjitsu,capoeira,but it gave me a new look to see life differently.We learn a lot from martila arts not just fighting but it brings humbleness and positivity in us.

  34. Dan I'm also a martial artist Taekwondo and shorin Ryu big admirer Bruce Lee admirations I've always believed that every style has something to offer no Style better than the other do you Dan Bruce Lee incorporate all styles that's what made him so good one style was not good enough

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