Little Dragon

Remembering Bruce Lee, the Kung Fu legend and godfather of MMA

July 20, 2018


Superstar Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940. He was just 32 when he died on July 20, 1973, in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

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

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


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


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


Official screen debut in ‘The Birth of Mankind”


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


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


Studies under Ip Man, a wing chun grandmaster


Wins the Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship in Hong Kong


Leaves Hong Kong for San Francisco


Graduates from Edison Technical School, Seattle


Marries Linda Emery


Fathers first child, Brandon Bruce Lee


Starts appearing in TV series


Opens Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Los Angeles


Fathers second child, Shannon Emery Lee


Dies on July 20 in Kowloon

  • 1940
  • 1941
  • 1946
  • 1948
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967
  • 1969
  • 1973

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