Improving Your Pool Game with Bruce Lee

Here are some Bruce Lee quotes from his book “The Tao of Jeet Kune Do” which I thought could be applied to pool as well.

For the break:

Relaxation is essential for faster and more powerful punching. Let your lead punch shoot out loosely and easily; do not tighten up or clench your fist until the moment of impact. All punches should end with a snap several inches behind the target. Thus, you punch through the opponent instead of at him.


In Jeet Kune Do, you never strike your opponent with your fist only; you strike him with your whole body. In other words, you should not hit with just arm power; the arms are there as a means to transmit great force with the correct timing of feet, waist, shoulder and wrist motion at great speed.

And the following is why I think the very good players don’t show much emotion at all and in fact sometimes even look bored:

While being trained, the student is to be active and dynamic in every way. But in actual combat, his mind must be calm and not at all disturbed. He must feel as though nothing critical is happening (emphasis mine). When he advances, his steps should be light and secure (I’ll be damned if I take light steps in Leroy’s), his eyes not fixed and glaring insanely at the enemy. His behavior should not be in any way different from his everyday behavior, no change taking place in his expression, nothing betraying the fact that he is engaged in mortal combat.

Man, I love books. You can always find something you can use in real life.

Happy Thursday.

59 Responses to “Improving Your Pool Game with Bruce Lee”

  1. Cosmic Siren says:

    My bumpersticker for today:


  2. Cosmic Siren says:

    Maybe I should add:


  3. Mexigogue says:

    The “D” is missing in action, Phelps is in litigation, TB doesn’t blog during work hours anymore, Nice Rack hasn’t gotten on, I think Rae is out sick, UNLV has been busy this week. That leaves us. Unless my son hits the blog again. He’s sporadic.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    And, and don’t forget IPUS.

  5. Cosmic Siren says:


    I was looking over the blog eco-system thing. I’ve been wondering if it would be worth it to join that and/or any of the alliances.

    But then, I don’t normally do political rants and I have enough randow traffic to entertain me.

    Don’t know.

  6. Mexigogue says:

    True story: a few months ago I had a dream that my ex-wife (Halima) had a blog and even though she still was not on speaking terms with me her blog was linked to mine and mine was linked to hers.

    I hit up her blog and was reading it. It was a lavendar background with a beautiful font. There were long very intense posts about how she was dealing with life and the issues of being divorced with kids. Some of her posts described our marriage and me in particular. I was like wow!! There really was a person there under all that hate, and there were some deep feelings and good points too! Then I realized what a difficult person I am when viewed from another person’s point of view and I was utterly humbled. My eyes were opened.

    Then I woke up and was like no, that heffer’s just crazy. I’m the good guy!

    Welcome to Myopia, population: me!

  7. Cosmic Siren says:

    “I perfer living in my own world. The people there like me.”

    The last dream I had about my ex made him into a worse monster than he was. Or maybe it translated his passive-agressiveness into just physical abuse.

  8. Mexigogue says:

    Dreams can be very revealing because they push stuff to the surface that your conscious mind represses when you’re awake. Like when I had a dream that I was kicking someone to death in a fight. I was just mad and kicking the living **** out of him and pretty soon there was blood sprayed all over my socks, shoes, and pantleg. I was like oops. Then when I woke up I’m like aw dangit, it was just a dream!


  9. Cosmic Siren says:

    Yeah. My dreams lately have been about some guy I like, but am not sure of, winning me over after pissing me off. Apparently, he was playing some sort of game with me and when I walk off, he had to come clean and beg my forgiveness.

    I’m like, “Dude, you should have just been straight up in the first place.”

  10. Mexigogue says:

    Social niceties piss me off. They remind me of playing games (like you describe). Like when someone says “Do you want the last piece of toast?” And you want it but you feel it’s impolite to eat the last one so you say “No, you can have it.” Then the person feels obligated to offer it to you again because they are aware that perhaps you were only being polite so they say “are you sure?” (now we’re wasting time in addition to lying) “Yes, I’m sure.”(lying time waster). Then either the other person eats the toast you wanted or they in fact really didn’t want it in which case they don’t eat it either so it dries up and gets thrown away and you’re still hungry. All in the name of social niceties. A pox on civility!

  11. Cosmic Siren says:


    Just cut the damn thing in half and share for cryin’ out loud!

  12. Cosmic Siren says:

    My kids have been going around singing this song:

    I posted a list of REALLY old songs in my LJ that I used to enjoy as a kid. It’s funny watching them jam out to them too.

  13. Mexigogue says:

    But that would require honesty (yes, we both want it.) Politeness often results in dishonesty (it doesn’t have to but the end result often is dishonest.

    And to me it’s not even about the toast. It’s about the time. I don’t have the time to waste talking toast. And my personality is once I’ve made a decision, it’s done. Don’t ask “Are you sure?” That’s just annoying.

  14. Cosmic Siren says:

    I agree it’s a waste of time. That’s why in this home, we just say, “I’m eating the last such and such, anyone want to split it with me?”

    You know, at times like these, I start thinking I really should start my own commune of practical people.

  15. Mexigogue says:

    That would make you a communist.

    Hey, maybe all our other blog cohorts are having a party and didn’t invite us. There might be strippers jumping out of cakes, beer, and conical hats. I really could use a conical hat right about now.

  16. Cosmic Siren says:

    What colors do you want the hat to have?

  17. Nice Rack says:

    Sorry Mike, I didn’t have to work until 12 today. I stayed up at Leroy’s and had a beer with Aaron. I beat Jermaine Jackson on the table, and then his woman was a bitch to me. Aaron said it was cuz I’m way cuter and made her feel insecure. It’s not hard to be cuter than this woman, you’ve probably seen her, it’s the really big blonde woman that shoots. Anyway, back from that tangent, I played Aaron the last game of the night, and my run out ended with two bank shots. I don’t like dreaming, for me it’s either nightmares or I dream something about someone and then something very similar happens with that person. It creeps me out a little bit. I had a dream about an ex that he showed up on my birthday at the bar I was at and we got back together. The day after my birthday he called me and we got back together. Creepy

  18. Mexigogue says:

    I used to get back with exes. But it never worked. Then I realized it was trying the same shot that just missed with the same angle and the same English. Then I had the nerve to be surprised that I would miss again.

  19. Cosmic Siren says:

    Your Conical Hat, Sir.

    And I’ve only once got together with an exboyfriend and he was wosre the second time around.

  20. Mexigogue says:

    Yes because I figure you were smart to break up with me then if you take me back you’re even dumber than you were to begin with so I can clown now! HAHA!

  21. Cosmic Siren says:

    Never thought of it that way, but a very goodpoint.

    Glad you liked your hat. 🙂

  22. Cosmic Siren says:

    So, which ex does that make me?

  23. Mexigogue says:

    I don’t know but dammit I oughta have tic tac toe by now!

  24. Cosmic Siren says:


    At leat you didn’t inform me I was a future ex. Would have been tricky to work in a wedding ceremony and a divorce in the same weekend – even if it’s with the same person.

  25. ipus says:

    Mexi, when are you coming to the coast to visit us?

  26. Mexigogue says:

    Hey, now there’s an idea! But if I leave Michigan I’m going to claim political asylum and never come back.

  27. ipus says:

    Do it.. Do it.. Do it..

  28. Mexigogue says:

    Huh huh!! You said “do it”!

  29. ipus says:

    heh heh heh heh

  30. Mexigogue says:

    What do you look like for real? Hideous or gorgeous? (pick one)

  31. rae says:

    She’s about 5’1″, 280, greenish/brown hair, brown eyes, small boobs and a big ass.

  32. rae says:

    She’s HOT!!

  33. Mexigogue says:

    I think I already dated her.

  34. rae says:

    Did I mention she doesn’t believe in shaving or deordorant? She’s very natural. I LOVE that!!

  35. ipus says:

    LMFAO! YOU BITCH RAE!! hahaha.. yeah, she’s right.

  36. ipus says:

    I’m a mountain of fact, I have ugly to spare.

  37. Mexigogue says:

    I’ll bring doggy bags for extra helping of ugly. Can’t have too much of that!

  38. Cosmic Siren says:


    I’m over twice the woman most are.

    But wait a minute, I’m an ex, right?

    Nevermind 😉

  39. ipus says:

    I’ll send some in gladware

  40. Mexigogue says:


  41. Cosmic Siren says:

    So, do you have any pics of Bruce Lee in a pool?

  42. Mexigogue says:

    You all are incorrigible!

  43. ipus says:

    Bruce Lee, in a pool, holding ugly in gladware

  44. Mexigogue says:

    I don’t believe in evolution. We can’t possibly be the best thing to evolve so far.

  45. rae says:

    Gladware is the best thing since the Big Bang Theory.

  46. Cosmic Siren says:

    And Mexi is the best thing to happen to women since the invention of leg waxing.

  47. ipus says:

    hahahahaha!!!! Does that include Brazilian waxing?

  48. Cosmic Siren says:

    It depends. How painful is it?

  49. Cosmic Siren says:

    If you’re talking about waxing pubic hair, I think we can include it.

  50. ipus says:

    I never had one done, but it’s said that it brings a whole new meaning to pain. It takes ALL the hair off the bikini region. And if ya have some on the butt’s gone..

  51. rae says:

    OUCH!! That should be a medical procedure that involves some serious pain killers.

  52. ipus says:

    Pain Killers and a leather wallet to bite on

  53. rae says:

    You kinky bitch- always wanting leather and pain to be mixed.

  54. ipus says:

    I always thought it went hand in hand.. okay, a bullet to bite on.. is that better?

  55. rae says:

    Ammo and women having crotch pain? Now we’re getting somewhere!!

  56. Cosmic Siren says:

    Anyone else notice how quiet the men got on us?

    Methinks we’re givin’ the poor lads the willies.

  57. rae says:

    Can’t say I’m surprised. Although, I figured when we mentioned Ammo and Leather that would respond!!

  58. Ghandi from the "D" says:

    Hello All!!

    back from Vacation! What’s the topic!