Lot 1: Fantastic Bruce Lee Autograph Letter Signed on Gung Fu Discipline, Harmonious Movements, Health, Mind, No Wasted Movements, Oneness, Self-Consciousness, Self Defense, Sim...
27th July 2017
Bruce Lee autograph letter signed, with exceptional content explaining the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of Gung Fu martial arts, simply the best Bruce Lee letter ever to appear on the market. Dated 4 April 1964 with the original envelope postmarked from Seattle, Lee writes to an aspiring martial arts student Gene Snelling, just before Snelling deployed to Vietnam. The inspiring letter reads in full, ''Dear Gene, Your letter arrived [at] the Institute to-day, and I have to say I am impressed by your enthusiasm. / The Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute of Seattle began only six months ago. The aim is to teach the true 'Way' of Gung Fu all over the U.S. At present the Institute has around 45 students and meet 3 times a week - Tues. & Thurs. night 8-9:30 p.m. and Sunday morning 10-11:30 a.m. / Gung Fu means discipline and training toward the ultimate Reality of the object - be it on health promotion, on mind cultivation, or on self-protection. / No distinction is made to separate between the opponent and the self because the opponent is but the complementary part of oneself. There is then no conquering, struggling or dominating, but to fit harmoniously one's movement into that of the opponent (when he expands, you contract; when he contracts, you expand, each being the cause and result of the other.) There is then a 'oneness' result. / The closer to the source of true martial art, the less wastage of movement there is, and a good Gung Fu man is a simplifier - to express the utmost in the minimum of motion and energy. Thus profound simplicity, not fundamental, is the key word and simplicity, by the way, is the natural result of the highest cultivation. This simplicity is the last stage of art. / The highest stage occurs when a person is devoided of self-consciousness and his feeling and experience expresses himself freely. The actions will be being so of themselves without straining or striving. / I'm invited to give a demonstration in Calif. next month (May 2) in Alameda. If you happen to be some-where near by you can look me up in James Lee's address. I'll be there from May 1-May 3 for the weekend. This summer I might g to Toronto and teach for two weeks and will stop by for the World's Fair at N.Y. so if opportunity arrives, maybe we can meet each other. / Sincerely / Bruce J.F. Lee''. Three page letter is on three sheets, ideal for framing. Pages measure 7.25'' x 10.5''. Light browning at edges, but overall in near fine condition with bold handwriting, composed using a felt-tip pen. Letter is accompanied by original envelope, handwritten by Lee, with his return address as the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute on University Way in Seattle, Washington. Consigned directly by the letter's recipient, Gene Snelling.
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