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Bruce Lee's Original Iconic Jump Rope for Footwork Training

Bruce Lee's Original Iconic Jump Rope for Footwork Training


Magnificent top quality wood-handled rubber tube jump rope with metal swivel joints and springs, and black weight spring around tube. Rubber yellowed with age, otherwise excellent condition.  Personally owned and used by Bruce Lee while training. Accompanied by impeccable provenance having been gifted to Herb Jackson directly by Bruce Lee (Jackson was Lee's original back yard student, close friend and confidant, and took an active role in improving Bruce Lee's training equipment), which was then gifted to Jackson's son by descent. The piece will include a  letter of authenticity from his son, Mark Ashton-Jackson. We have included a photo of Bruce Lee using this very rope or one that is extremely similar.


Bruce Lee, (Lee Jun-fan), was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or Kungfu styles. A virtual legend, Bruce Lee began his learning from the late grandmaster Yip Man in the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu, Lee kept progressing until he had formed his own method, opposed to having it considered yet another fixed or patterned martial art. He referred to Jeet Kune Do as "non-classical", suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking while one's opponent is about to attack. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movement with maximum effect.  


Lee practiced intensely with jump ropes after having observed that footwork was a crucial skill for success at boxing, and was particularly impressed by Muhammad Ali's mastery at it, which helped him become the greatest boxer of all time. In keeping with Lee's openness to incorporate new methods into his evolving martial art, he made footwork exercises a part of his training.


Bruce Lee's thoughts on footwork:

In jeet kune do, mobility is heavily emphasized because hand-to-hand combat is a matter of movements. Your application of an effective technique depends on your footwork. The speed of your footwork leads the way for fast kicks and punches. If you are slow on your feet, you will be slow with your hands and feet. Footwork should not only be easy, relaxed and alive, it should also be firm. The traditional, classical horse stance seeks solidity in stillness. This unnecessary, strenuous stance is not functional because it is slow and awkward. When fighting, you have to move in any direction instantly. Proper footwork contributes to hitting power and your ability to avoid punishment. Good footwork will beat any kick or punch. A moving target is definitely more difficult to hit than a stationary one. The more skillful you are with your footwork, the less you have to use your arms to block or parry kicks and punches. By moving deftly, you can elude almost any blow and prepare your fists and feet to attack. Besides evading blows, footwork allows you to cover distance rapidly, escape out of a tight corner and conserve your energy to counter with more sting in your punch or kick. A heavy slugger with poor footwork will exhaust himself as he futilely attempts to hit his opponent. You should be able to move rapidly in any direction so you are well-balanced to withstand blows from any angle. Your feet must always be directly under your body. The on-guard stance presents proper body balance and a natural alignment of your feet.


In the screenplay of the 1973 Warner Brothers film, Enter The Dragon, when Lee is asked, "What's your style?" Lee replied, "My style?...You can call it the art of fighting without fighting." Bruce believed that kata forms and martial art tournament matches alike (like Karate) were simply "organized despair". He believed that in order to "fully express oneself, one must" "have no limitations" (kata and rigid and non-flowing movements being the limitation). His system was revolutionary, and included all possible forms of strikes: attacks to the groin, finger jab to the eye.


The name Jeet Kune Do was often said by Lee to be just a name, and he often referred to it as "the art of expressing the human body" in his writings and in interviews. Through his studies Lee came to believe that styles had become too rigid and unrealistic. He equated martial art competitions of the day to "dry land swimming". He believed real combat was spontaneous, and a martial artist cannot predict it, but only react to it, and a good martial artist should "be like water"—move fluidly without hesitation.


This jump rope was used by this master for footwork training, and will be accompanied by a detailed letter of authenticity and provenance stating "This jump rope was given directly to Herb Jackson from Bruce Lee. Herb Jackson was a close friend, student and confident of Bruce Lee. Herb Jackson handed this down to his son, Mark Ashton-Jackson" with the Letter of Authenticity noting " … This item was given to my father Herb Jackson as a gift from Bruce Lee in and around 1968. My father Herb Jackson was a very close friend and confidant of Bruce Lee and was also one of his private backyard students in Los Angeles in the mid to late 1960's. This item was used by Bruce Lee and is documented in many photos and magazines. It was a part of Bruce Lee's training regime and helped better him physically. This item is historical in nature and marks a point in time when Bruce Lee was seeking international fame for this martial arts/film career"


This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.



Item: 64534

Price: $9,000.00
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