Notable Fights and Performances
Awards Famous Quotes
- TV Series
Bruce Lee. He was originally born with the name Lee Jun Fan. He was born in the both the year and the hour of the dragon. Lee’s father was an opera singer and moved the whole family to the USA. He originally received the name “Bruce” from a nurse at the hospital he was born at. This name wasn’t used until further in his acting career. Bruce meant “Strong One” in Gaelic, another reason his mother chose to name him Bruce.
Date of birth/death
Bruce Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco, U.S. on November 27, 1940 and died in Kowloon Tong, HK on July 20, 1973 (aged 32).
Life in Hong Kong
Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco, on November 27, 1940, to parents from Hong Kong, and was raised in Kowloon, Hong Kong, until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his father, and appeared in several films as a child actor before becoming a star of his own later in life.
Life in the Unites States
After Lee was born in San Francisco, the whole family moved back to Hong Kong. Lee continued to be in many films during his child and teen years in Hong Kong, including popular movie, “Golden Gate Girl”. Lee began training and teaching himself more aspects of a Chinese kung fu style called wing chun. He became dedicated to mastering this style. The original creator of this kung fu stlye was Yim Wing Chun – Bruce added his own knowledge and skills to this style. Bruce got in trouble with the Hong Kong police for fighting, so his mother sent him back to the USA.
Lee finished high school in Washington state and went on to study at the University of Washington. Lee developed his own fighting style called Jeet Kune Do and proceeded to teach others all long the West Coast. Lee first developed the Jun Fan Gung Fu institute and fighting style, which was essentially his take on Wing Chun, this eventually evolved into the Jeet Kune Do Fighting Style. No one truly guided Lee to his martial arts success; he learned the majority of it himself and created his own styles and practices. He did befriend Jhoon Go Rhee – a famous Taekwondo master and the two traded valuable skills and knowledge at the Long Beach International Karate Championship.
58 KG (128lbs)
Lee’s father, Lee Hoi-chuen, was a famous Opera singer and eventually a Chinese movie actor, all of which helped Bruce enter the film and media industry at a young age. His father had already toured much of the USA, which helped influence Bruce’s eventual ties to West Coast USA. Lee’s mother, Grace Ho, was apart of one of the most powerful and richest clans in Hong Kong, the Ho-tungs. Thus, Lee grew up in a privileged household, but their home community quickly became flooded with more residents. Most were fleeing to Hong Kong (under British Rule) from the Communist Mainland. Gangs quickly started forming and Lee’s parents introduced him to martial arts for his own self-protection. His father already knew the fundamentals of Wu style t’ai chu ch’uan and began teaching Bruce more about martial arts while he was young.
Cause of death
Bruce Lee’s death will likely remain a mystery. There have been many different theories that have developed, and most appear to be surrounding some sort of controversy. Lee died young, he passed away at 32. Lee was suffering some seizures and headaches just before the launch of Enter The Dragon. He had cerebral edema and the doctors were able to successfully reduce the swelling. Lee went over to a friend’s house and was complaining of the same headaches and pain from a few days earlier. He was given an analgesic, which was a combination of aspirin and painkillers, by one of the friends. Sadly, Lee fell asleep afterwards and never woke up. It was explained that he had an allergic reaction to one of the pain killers and his brain swelled up drastically, which ended up killing him. Some other controversial stories include that it was cannabis in Lee’s system that killed him the night he never woke up, but this story is argued heavily.
Bruce Lee’s acting career was just as popular, if not more popular, than his martial arts/karate career. Lee’s father was an opera singer, so he was born into the media/arts industry. Lee was introduced to and starred in films since he was a child. Lee had appeared in about 20 films by the time he was 18. Bruce Lee forever changed the American Martial Arts film industry. He brought in new and exciting aspects and traditional Chinese practices that were never seen before. The fans loved every bit of it.
Lee eventually returned to Hong Kong and began taking on more of a director role, where he started producing movies. Including, Game of Death and Enter the Dragon. These two movies quickly became US fan-favorites. Unfortunately, Lee died before the official launch of Enter the Dragon. This movie would go on to shape the rest of the martial arts film industry in the coming years.
- Notable Fights and Performances:
Long Beach International Karate Championship:
Ed Parker invited Bruce Lee to this tournament. He performed the famous 2-finger push up and one-inch punch. This special punch involved Bruce delivering an extremely strong blow to an opponent without moving his whole body – except for an “inch”. Lee performed various other karate performances during this championship event.
Wong Jack Man Fight:
Bruce Lee also famously fought Wong Jack Man. This fight occurred because there were people that were upset that Bruce Lee was teaching his martial arts to non-Chinese people. If he were to lose the fight to Wong Jack Man, he would have to refrain from teaching anyone else who was not Chinese. But Lee won the fight easily and continued to teach whoever he pleased
- Achievements outside of Martial Arts:
Bruce Lee had countless acheivements outside of his martial arts career. He was a famous actor, a philosopher, a coach, a teacher, a film director, a film producer, and not to mentioned a husband and a father.
- Other Work in pop culture, e.g movies, music etc AKA life after retirement from their sport:
Authored a book?
Are there documentaries about them?
Yes, many. “I Am Bruce Lee”, Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey, Martial Arts Master, The Life Of Bruce Lee, How Bruce Lee Changed the World.
Did they feature in any movies, tv series etc?
Yes, many different films in Hong Kong and USA – Bruce’s movies re-shaped the martial arts movie industry:
1941 Golden Gate Girl
1946 The Birth of Mankind
1948 Fu gui fu yun
1951 Ren zhi Chu
1950 Xi lu xiang
1949 Meng li xi shi (as Siu Hoi-Chuen Lee)
1953 Ci mu lei
1953 Fu zhi guo (Juvenile)
1953 Ku hai ming deng
1953 Qian wan ren jia
1953 Wei lou chun xiao (as Lee Jun-fan)
1955 Ai 1955 Ai xia ji 1955 Er nu zhai
1955 Gu er xing
1971 The Big Boss
1960 Ren hai gu hong
1956 Zao zhi dang cu wo bu jia
1956 Zha dian na fu
1955 Gu xing xue lei
1972 The Way of the Dragon
1972 The Chinese Connection
1973 Enter the Dragon
- Awards Won
Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. In April 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Founders Award at The Asian Awards. A Bruce Lee statue was unveiled in Los Angeles' Chinatown on June 15, 2013. In April 2014, it was announced that Lee would be a featured character in the video game EA Sports UFC. Bruce Lee was voted as the Greatest Movie Fighter Ever in 2014 by the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame.
- Famous quotes
There is no weapon more deadly than the will.
Don't think, feel....it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Having no limitation as limitation.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.