The above quote is always shared in my Facebook by many martial artists. It’s probably one of Bruce Lee‘s most famous quotes.
What does it really mean?
For me, I take it to mean that it’s better for me to train in Arnis only and not go to the Mixed Martial Arts path. Having said that, I also believe that one can train in the many different aspects of Arnis — fighting with weapons and empty hands. “There’s really only one technique,” my instructor Master Cris always says. “If you know how to do it with sticks, you’ll know how to do it with other weapons and even empty hands.” I think he’s right.
The opposite argument says that one can only be good either armed or unarmed, not in both. Read a very, very intelligent argument for that here.
What’s your opinion on this?