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In My Own Process

Bruce Lee

‘Many of you know that I am a martial artist by choice, an actor by profession, and, by daily actualizing my potentiality through soulful discoveries and daily exercising, I hope to become also an artist of life.’ – Bruce Lee

In partnership with the family of Bruce Lee, Genesis is proud to present In My Own Process, the official book documenting the life and work of one of the most significant cultural icons of all time. Bruce Lee's blockbuster movies, pioneering martial arts practice and motivational philosophy continue to inspire millions worldwide. Published in the fiftieth year of his passing, In My Own Process celebrates Lee’s legacy as a martial artist, actor and philosopher, offering readers the definitive book of his spectacular career.

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The Archive

In My Own Process

'Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese kung fu to the world, a scientist of combat and an iconic performing artist who revolutionized both the martial arts and action cinema.' - Ang Lee

Collating previously unpublished photographs, film stills, journals, drawings, teachings and writings, In My Own Process opens up the Bruce Lee archives. Hundreds of fascinating items are being shared, many for the first time, including handwritten poems from Lee's early years in the US; personal affirmations and diary entries; movie scripts; workout regimes; teaching notes; martial arts drawings and diagrams; philosophical observations and the various drafts of his essay which gives the book its title, In My Own Process. Presented in their original format, Bruce Lee's writings give a unique insight into the man behind the martial arts films.

Illustrated with a wealth of stunning imagery, Bruce Lee is seen in action and behind the scenes on the sets of classic movies such as The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon, as well as some of Lee's earliest films in Hong Kong. Rare photographs from the Lee Family Archive record his martial arts classes with students such as Jesse Glover and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, personal at-home workouts, and private moments away from the Hollywood spotlight.
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The Manuscript

In My Own Process

'There are eight letters entitled 'In My Own Process' and they all refine these concepts of what it means to be a martial artist, who Bruce Lee is, this idea of self-constructed security patterns and being totally honest.' - Shannon Lee

Shortly before he started work on his biggest film, Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee wrote a series of letters titled 'In My Own Process', reflecting on key areas of his life: defining success as an actor, his life as a martial artist, his search for knowledge and what it means to be 'Bruce Lee'. Although written in 1973, these essay notes help introduce the chapters of Lee's career chronicled within the limited edition. From developing his philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, to his first screen test, to his big Hollywood breakthrough, Bruce's reflections take us back to these defining moments.
 
In My Own Process is introduced by Lee's daughter Shannon Lee, the world-renowned basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,  professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, and legendary actor and martial artist Jackie Chan. Alongside an extensive commentary in Lee's own words, interviews with his friends and family add personal insight. Contributions from today's leading figures in music, film, and sport examine the long-lasting impact of Lee's incredible career and legacy.
 
The 30,000-word manuscript features contributions from DJ Steve Aoki, comedian W. Kamau Bell, actors Jon Benn, James Coburn, Diana Lee Inosanto, Nancy Kwan, Jet Li, Steve McQueen, Nora Miao, Randall Park, George Takei and Van Williams, author Jeff Chang, martial artists Jesse Glover, Dan Inosanto, Taky Kimura and Ted Wong, director Ang Lee, singer-songwriter Mozez, and family members Brandon Lee, Robert Lee, Grace Ho, and Linda Lee Cadwell. 

'Bruce Lee has inspired many skaters. He exemplified discipline and finding your own path to success while committed to doing something you love.' - Tony Hawk

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The Deluxe Copies

In My Own Process

In My Own Process is hand-signed by Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, wife, Linda Lee Cadwell and pro-skater, Tony Hawk.

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Numbered 1 to 350, the Deluxe copies are quarter-bound in yellow cloth and laser-cut acrylic. The transparent boards reveal an on set image of Bruce Lee in the famous Hall of Mirrors scene from the Lee Family Archive. A dragon motif, drawn during his time working on Enter the Dragon, features on the back.  
 
Deluxe copies will be presented in a clamshell box with a selection of exclusive content, including an enamel pin, a facsimile page of Bruce Lee's essay In My Own Process, two fabric patches, and a leather bookmark inscribed with a quote taken from one of Bruce Lee's notebooks. Inset into the cover of the box is a metallic gold core symbol medallion, with gold foil lettering on the reverse, viewable from the inside cover of the box. Five estate-stamped and numbered 8" x 10" prints, suitable for framing, are also included in this edition. Two photographic prints capture Bruce Lee in action on set while three original drawings show Lee's wide-ranging talent in the arts.  
 
The Deluxe copies are contained within a specially designed Bruce Lee book bag. 

Deluxe: 350 copies  
Signed by: Shannon Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell, Tony Hawk 
Binding: Yellow cloth quarter-binding and acrylic boards   
Box: Clamshell box with core symbol medallion inset 
Extras: Enamel pin, facsimile of Bruce Lee's essay In My Own Process, two fabric passes, a leather bookmark and five estate-stamped prints 
Page size: 220mm x 280mm
 
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The Collector Copies

In My Own Process

In My Own Process is hand-signed by Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, wife, Linda Lee Cadwell and pro-skater, Tony Hawk.
 
Numbered 351 to 2,000, the Collector copies are bound in black cloth and feature an on-set action photo of Bruce Lee from the Lee Family Archive. A dragon motif, drawn during his time working on Enter the Dragon features on the back.
 
Collector copies will be presented in a clamshell box with a selection of exclusive content, including an enamel pin, a facsimile page of Bruce Lee's essay In My Own Process, two fabric patches and a leather bookmark inscribed with a quote taken from one of Bruce Lee's notebooks. Inset into the cover of the box is a metallic gold core symbol medallion, with gold foil lettering on the reverse, viewable from the inside cover of the box. An 8" x 10" estate-stamped print is also included which features Bruce Lee wearing his iconic yellow jumpsuit. 
 
The Collector copies are contained within a specially designed Bruce Lee book bag. 

Collector: 1,650 copies  
Signed by: Shannon Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell, Tony Hawk 
Binding: Bound in black cloth with coloured foils and gold page edging  
Box: Clamshell box with core symbol medallion inset 
Extras: Enamel pin, facsimile of Bruce Lee's essay In My Own Process, two fabric passes, a leather bookmark and photographic print 
Page size: 220mm x 280mm
 

In My Own Process

Select from the following editions:

In My Own Process

In My Own Process

  • ISBN:
    978-1-905662-86-9
  • Collector:
    1650 copies
  • Signed by:
    Shannon Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell and Tony Hawk
  • Contributors:
    Shannon Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tony Hawk and more.
  • Binding:
    Bound in black cloth with coloured foils and gold page edging
  • Box:
    Clamshell box with core symbol medallion inset
  • Extras:
    Enamel pin, facsimile of Bruce Lee's essay In My Own Process, two fabric patches, a leather bookmark and photographic print. Contained in a specially designed Bruce Lee bag.
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In partnership with the family of Bruce Lee, Genesis is proud to present In My Own Process, the official book documenting the life and work of one of the most significant cultural icons of all time, Bruce Lee.

  • Page size: 220mm x 280mm
  • 272 pages
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