Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology

Abstract - The Inheritance of the Little Dragon Contributions to the Concept of the Combat Duel in the Work of Bruce Lee

Background and Aim. This work constitutes an approach, through the work of Bruce Lee, to the concept of the combat duel, its characteristics and training in it.
Methods. Using the case study research strategy, a sample consisting of the official up-to-date bibliography Bruce Lee was selected, to which the content analysis technique was applied with the help of MaxQDA v.11 software.
Results. After an analysis of the sample and applying a coding technique in two cycles, the constitution of four main codes was determined: Duel (where the general conditions under which it occurs and develops into a self-defense oriented confrontation, and how martial arts face this situation are explained, and his proposal through Jeet Kune Do); type of duel (where single or outnumbered opponent situations, and well-illustrated concrete actions by means of technical demonstration, are proposed); terms of confrontation (in which confrontational situations, that differ from the standing start in contactless or aggression bouts which exist with the use of a weapon, are encoded); and training (where the materials and protection that were used by Bruce Lee are studied, approaching the situation as close as possible to a real confrontation).
Conclusions. From the results obtained, it is concluded that Bruce Lee understood combat as a process of non-sportive individual confrontation, where martial arts were constituted as intervention tools and for which he formulated his own alternative paradigm which he called Jeet Kune Do.