Little Dragon

Remembering Bruce Lee, the Little Dragon who became a legend

July 20, 2018


Adolfo
Arranz

Marco
Hernandez
Superstar Bruce Lee died 45 years ago, aged 32, in Hong Kong. The icon’s action films helped spark a global interest in martial arts

OUT OF THIS WORLD
Lee was not only a famous actor, but a disciplined athlete and martial artist with tremendous charisma and otherworldly skills that earned him a presence on big screens in the US, Europe and Asia

Beyond human capabilities
Advertisers took advantage of Lee’s fame, and his skills were exaggerated to be spotlighted in various fictional commercials

“The Way of the Intercepting Fist”

Translated as “the way of the intercepting fist”, jeet kune do is a hybrid of martial arts and philosophies founded by Lee. It promotes minimalism and fluidity in combat. As Lee suggested, one should “be like water”. It allows practitioners to incorporate their own fighting styles into existing techniques, fulfilling its ethos of “style with no style”

Lee took inspiration from wing chun’s theory of the centreline. In a fight, you must protect it by creating momentum; if your centreline is exploited, you will lose

JEET KUNE DO
Principal combinations and influences that Bruce incorporated into the Jeet Kune Do

Lee took note of its powerful self-defence system, which put emphasis on arm and hand techniques that involved twisting the upper torso

  • Choy Li Fut
  • Tai Chi

On-guard positions were inspired by fencing

  • Western wrestling

Stances were inspired by boxing

  • Western boxing

Used his strength to throw opponents

  • Western wrestling
  • Judo
  • Indian wrestling

Believed there should be a balance between defence and offence

  • Wing Chun

Could kick his opponent multiple times in less than 2 seconds

  • Wing Chun
  • Self-training programmes

He practised Filipino stick fighting

  • Eskrima

Believed philosophy helped the mental training needed for seeking harmony in a fight

  • Music and dance
  • Confucianism
  • Taoism
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Spinoza
  • Krishmamurti

The one-inch punch

  • Wing Chun
  • Self-training programmes

The frog leap

  • Choy Li Fut
  • Tai Chi
  • Music and Dance

The high jump kick

  • Taekwondo
  • Music and Dance

Cool Bruce

Always fashionable on-stage and off, Bruce embraced the style of his time

1940

Born Lee Jun-fan on November 27 at the hour of the dragon and the year of the dragon in San Francisco

1941

Baby Bruce lands his first film role as the baby girl in “Golden Gate Girl”

1946

Official screen debut in ‘The Birth of Mankind”

1948

Lands his second official role under the name Lee Siu Lung, the name by which he becomes best known in the Southeast Asian film circuit

1952

Enrols in La Salle College’s primary school in Hong Kong

1953

Studies under Ip Man, a wing chun grandmaster

1958

Wins the Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship in Hong Kong

1959

Leaves Hong Kong for San Francisco

1960

Graduates from Edison Technical School, Seattle

1964

Marries Linda Emery

1965

Fathers first child, Brandon Bruce Lee

1966

Starts appearing in TV series

1967

Opens Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Los Angeles

1969

Fathers second child, Shannon Emery Lee

1973

Dies on July 20 in Kowloon

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