In the short time I've studied JKD I've always been completely enthralled by it, however I often feel pangs of disillusionment when confronted with the inordinate amount of politics and go-nowhere philosophical debate that tends to plague our art. Luckily for me it's never curbed my enthusiasm for what I do, but my question is, how many people have been attracted to, or have done JKD in the past, only to be discouraged to continue because of it's current state? I haven't been posting for long here on MAP and I've found that there are a hell of alot of knowledgable people on here, but unless we can seperate the technical from the philosophical, how do we prevent ourselves from going around in ever-decreasing circles? Is it a case of the more we are exposed to it, the more discouraging it can be? Do we need to dig in with a determined, single-minded focus, without getting bogged down in politics and/or the question of "what Bruce would have done"? or is this tantamount to burying our heads in the sand? My take is that the political situation at the moment and amount of "debate" has just about crossed over to the wrong side of healthy....we should take pride in the sense of community and family that being involved in Martial Arts can bring. Unfortunately for JKDers, that's one pretty picture that looks a long way off.