Warrior Legend Series
Jeet Kune Do
A lifetime of experiences and knowledge all compiled into one of the greatest guides of all time; Bruce Lee created, practiced, and taught the legendary art of Jeet Kune Do - translated as "The Way of the Intercepting Fist."
The art was morphed into Jeet Kune Do based on his training in Wing Chun and his philosophies on life and martial arts.
The Warrior is born
On November 27, 1940 (the year of the Dragon), Lee Jun-fan (to "RETURN AGAIN"), was born in Chinatown, San Francisco, but was raised in Hong Kong. His mother named him Lee Jun-fan, because she apparently always believed he would RETURN AGAIN to the States as he got older.
Little did we know at the time, but this man would eventually travel back to the States to change the world of martial arts forever. He would also be known for his life philosophies, acting and film-making skills, and become an icon for the Chinese people all over the world.
So, who is this mystery man known as Lee Jun-fan? To the dedicated practitioner, he or she would potentially recognize this name, but to most of the world he is known and recognized by his American name - Bruce Lee.
Why did Bruce get into Martial Arts?
Bruce Lee's father (Lee Hoi-Chuen) decided that, after Bruce got into several street fights, it was time to introduce martial arts. At the age of 16, Bruce Lee began studying Wing Chun under the master teacher, YIP MAN
Yip Man's Teachings
Yip Man's philosophy was simple. He did not have a set schedule of events in his classes; rather, he taught whatever was needed for the student at that particular time. He believed that if he could get his students to fight in organized competitions, he could prevent them from fighting in the streets - The reason Bruce Lee entered Martial Arts in the first place.
A quick escape
After getting involved with more and more street fights, Lee finally got involved with the wrong group of people. Lee's father feared for his son's life so much so, that he forced Bruce to leave Hong Kong to go back to America where he could start over and be safe.
The Start of an Empire
At the age of 18, Bruce would RETURN AGAIN to the States to further his education; but more importantly, to begin teaching his art to Americans. And this is where it all started. This is where he met his future wife, Linda, in Seattle, and began the start of his empire practicing and teaching martial arts to any student willing to learn.
Fight to survive
Due to Lee's willingness to teach whoever wants to learn, his Asian peers began to despise him. They hated the fact that he was teaching their martial art secrets to the white people. As a result, he was given an ultimatum that involved a challenge from Wong Jack Man. If Lee won, he could continue to teach whoever wanted to learn, but if he lost, he had to close his dojo.
Several accounts of the match were documented, but the overall consensus was that Lee won the match; therefore, allowing him rights to continue teaching to the non-Chinese.
A Transforming Art
Lee began learning with Wing Chun, but after his long and indecisive bout with Wong Jack Man, he knew he needed to morph his style. He began adding weight training, stretching, speed training, and efficient moves to his practices. He called this style Gung Fu.
Even Gung Fu became an art with boundries, which eventually led to the art he is known for today - Jeet Kune Do. Interestingly, he regrets having named it Jeet Kune Do because the name suggests having boundries to the art, which is exactly the opposite he wished to express.
Lee believed JKD was not a matter of skill and technique; rather a matter of spiritual and physical development. As a result, Lee took a massive approach to learning proper nutrition and physical fitness to develop and shape his body for performance.
From Martial Arts to Acting
Everyone was interested in putting Lee in films. His acting career took off as a result of his martial arts capabilities. Lee was the star role in 5 films: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter the Dragon, and The Game of Death.
A Sad Ending
In 1973, Bruce Lee was in Hong Kong working on The Game of Death, whenever he began experiencing more headaches. He took some pain killers and went down for a nap, never to wake up again.
Numerous theories are out, but one stands above the rest - he was allergic to the medication, causing cerebral edema and ultimately his death.
Famous Bruce Lee Quotes
1. "The SUCCESSFUL WARRIOR is the average man with laser-like Focus."
2. "Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself."
3. "Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend!"
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