If you like PS's words there's a 4 DVD set out from him. I found an inexpensive set on Amazon. He has some things that nobody else seems to discuss. I have to assume the don't know. Can he do it? It's not clear. Does he know the entire method and internals? It's not clear. He discusses but doesn't have all the essentials.
He says he worried about BL using the 'adrenal' thing too often but doesn't say what that is exactly. You'd think, given that he's selling the DVDs and BL and even that era is long past that if he knows he should tell. I don't think he's training any more - he's got to be late 50s now.
I think the 'adrenal thing' is a combination of chemicals and self-hypnosis, but we don't know for sure.
Not sure I agree with his findings. Again, I was merely posting that writing because you mentioned the Pak Sao comment.
To me, Bruce had simply been asserting that he had built every aspect of his art on interception.
As in his comment "I call it jeet kune do just because I want to emphasize the notion" (or concept) "of deciding at the right moment in order to stop the enemy at the gate."
THAT... is a frequent...theme, throughout his descriptions, and in his writings, about his art.
As for the adrenal thing, that's about what Bruce had referred to as "adrenal flow."
That physical energy Boxers worry about losing some of, should they engage in sex, the night before a fight.
That kind of "energy."
In other words, Brucevhad found a means of tapping into the "flight or fight" adrenal build up response, at will.
You see this in his fight scenes. Which is why he not only looks so out of his mind, but so in the moment, during his fight scenes.
That flight-fight response that accompanies a dual sense of "what the heck have I just gotten myself into!" - "you have just messed with the wrong person!"
And adrenal flow is very...draining. Thus, the exhaustion after it passes.
Anyway, that is my take on such things...
We can ask several interesting questions about what Patrick Strong says, especially if we consider that he is not a mythomaniac.
As far as I am concerned, I specify that I don’t practice tai chi or chi kung. I practice for many years different systems of grappling and kickboxing that I like to test in street scenario training (against one or more opponents, with or without weapons, in very different situations). Therefore, I am not a mystic.
About two years ago, I had an interesting meeting. A friend of mine introduced me to a woman who was a tai chi / chi kung teacher. We exchanged some ideas and then she showed me how she did the « push hands. » I told her that it was not magic and that we also practiced this kind of hand fighting in wrestling. No big deal. I then showed her the pummeling drill of the Greco-Roman style. She watched me do the drill and after a while, she put her hand on my back to rectify my position by saying: "try like that". Instantly, I felt rooted in the ground with a sense of power that I had not experienced before. After that, we talked about biomechanics, body alignment, tendon work versus muscle training and breathing. All this constitutes the concrete basis of her practice. She did not tell me anything about "chi". I later found that I could adapt her basic principles on almost all my techniques. Which brings me now to a second anecdote.
One of my friends is almost blind. He only sees with one eye and very weakly. He followed a few years ago a program to develop his other senses because unfortunately, one day will arrive when he will be totally blind. Among the activities of the program, he practiced fencing which was very profitable to him. That's why today he has a very developed tactile sensitivity as well as an excellent hearing. The results he got with this program are so surprising that I call him "Daredevil". But as he regretted not being able to practice fencing anymore, I offered him to train with me in boxing for distance appreciation and grappling for sensitivity (for that, Rickson Gracie's invisible jiu jitsu is perfect). Previously, I had already discovered the benefits of shadow boxing in slow motion with my eyes closed (Because of the tai chi woman). That's why I thought this kind of training would be particularly well suited to his disability. So, my friend is used to train without resorting to his eyes. But in addition to a slow motion workout, I added a work in resistance so that it can better internalize its movements. That is to say that when I make him work on his jab, I press at the same time on his fist with my hand while he develops his punch in slow motion. In this way, he has a better perception of the biomechanics that is activated for the execution of the technique. This really gives very good results ... for me too ! This led me to a paradoxical but obvious conclusion : it is in training slowly that one progresses quickly ...
I discovered many other things in relation to these two experiences. Notably, it was possible to internalize an hard combat system without going through the Tai Chi / Chi Kung stuff, which I still do not practice. Today, I am exclusively interested in the physical principles of alignment, body structure, deep muscle work, isometric training and the correct practice of breathing (not meditation, I do not know what it is). That's why I thought that Bruce Lee, who knew his martial heritage very well, may have been able to do the same kind of research by trying to adapt the inner part of the gung fu to a realistic training. But this is just a guess. I don't think that in the future we will have more information on this subject ...