Bruce Lee was arguably the greatest martial artist of all time. At 5 foot 6 inches and weighing around 145 lbs (65.9 kg) in his prime, Bruce’s legacy was that no matter how tall, big or strong an individual is, the technical martial artist is always at a greater advantage. Born in the year of the dragon, which symbolised strength and fortune, he was destined for exactly that.
Originally learning Wing Chun and Boxing, Bruce was always adapting his martial arts knowledge, believing in a philosophy that incorporated successful techniques from a variety of sources. This passion for martial arts led to the introduction of child acting at a young age by his father. As a result of his gifted martial arts skills his successful film career led to a surge in Chinese martial arts being adopted by westerners. With such classics as Enter the Dragon, The Game of Death, The Way of the Dragon among many more.
As a result of Bruce’s fight with Wong Jack Man, where he believed that the fight had lasted too long and that he had failed to live up to his potential using his Wing Chun techniques, he created Jeet Kune Do in 1967 which translated to ‘The Way of the Intercepting First’. His opinion was that traditional martial arts techniques were too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting and decided to develop a system which focused on “practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency”.
With truly a breathtaking career which was brought to a premature end, Bruce left behind him a legacy which left a lasting impression on a global generation. Having instructed World Karate Champions including Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Mike Stone, during their training with Bruce they won every karate championship in the United States.
Here are 10 of Bruce Lee’s greatest moments.
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