Celebrated martial artist and superstar Bruce
Lee was famous for his crazy fighting skills both on and off screen. Although everyone knows Lee for his amazing
moves and popular films, there are some things that you might not know about this absolute
legend. So we brushed up on some Bruce Lee knowledge
to bring you the top 10 facts that you never knew about Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee and Street Fighting Bruce Lee started his fighting legacy at a
young age while he was living in Hong Kong. Street fighting was extremely popular in Hong
Kong while Lee was growing up, and he quickly found his calling as a fighter in illegal
matches throughout the city. Police were starting to crack down on the
street fights, so in order to avoid getting in trouble Lee and his friends would engage
in rooftop battles where they were sheltered from any passing police officers. This is where Lee got real-life experience
that he later incorporated into the choreography of his movies, by engaging in fights but also
by simply watching other kids fight and assessing their style. At the time Lee was also studying martial
arts under an expert named Ip Man, who actually encouraged Lee to get some real-life fighting
experience. It may not be the most traditional advice
to get from a teacher, but it seemed to work for Bruce Lee! However, it is rumored that in one fight Lee
defeated another man who was involved in gang activities, and Lee had to move to America
to escape repercussions. Whether or not Lee was really escaping from
a gang or if he was just returning to America to gain citizenship, it’s definite that
he excelled in the world of illegal fighting and was already blossoming into a martial
arts legend. Liking this video so far? Hit that subscribe button and notification
bell. Bruce Lee the Teaching Master By 1964 Lee was pretty well known as an amazing
martial artist, so it was only natural that he opened up his own school in California
to teach students in his ways. However, this stirred up a lot of controversy
in the kung fu community because kung fu was regarded as a purely Chinese art, and purists
were angry that Lee was going to train non-Chinese students. Lee disagreed with the strict rules surrounding
who could and could not learn kung fu, and therefore stood up for his beliefs and kept
training students from all cultural backgrounds. In no time Lee was gaining his reputation
as the ultimate trainer, and students were coming from around the world to try and train
under his guidance. Lee had an impressive roster of celebrity
students, including Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. While Lee was open to training anyone, he
also didn’t want people to assume that kung fu was an easy thing to learn after a class
or two. In order to attract only the most serious
students, Lee charged extremely high prices for his classes, but the students kept on
coming. Some of his most prized students went on to
appear in Lee’s movies, such as Norris and Abdul-Jabbar. Of course, Lee never let them win on screen,
but at least they got to share the screen with the martial arts master. The Intercepting Fist Bruce Lee not only excelled in martial arts
that were already created, but he also designed his very own style of fighting called Jeet
Kune Do. After mastering more traditional forms of
martial arts, Lee was involved in a one on one fight with another practitioner in San
Francisco. The other man proved to be no match for Lee,
and Lee reportedly won within a mere three minutes. But that wasn’t enough for him. Lee thought that he should have been able
to defeat his opponent even faster, but that the kung fu style that he had used had limited
his fighting potential by being too strict. Lee then set about defining his new Jeet Kune
Do fighting style, which loosely translates to The Way of the Intercepting Fist. This was a looser style of martial arts, which
Lee believed would be better for street fights and valued practicality over tradition. Lee’s goal was basically to create a freestyle
of fighting, and he was pleased with the new opportunities that the style would create
in a fight. Other people became interested in his invention,
and Lee started to teach Jeet Kune Do to eager pupils in America who wanted to experiment
with a less traditional form of fighting. Bruce Lee Too Fast for Film A lot action movies today rely on speed up
action to make fight scenes look dramatic and dangerous. For Bruce Lee, however, he had a different
problem. Instead of needing his action scenes to be
sped up, he actually needed them to be slowed down. This is because his martial arts moves were
literally too fast for the camera to even register! When Lee performed his fighting scenes correctly,
it looked liked his opponents on camera were just falling down while Lee barely moved. That was a major issue because everyone wanted
to see Lee’s skills in action, but no one realized that he was too skilled for his own
good! Directors had to ask Lee to purposely do his
actions in slow motion. This was the case on Lee’s television show,
The Green Hornet for example. Some of the original footage from the show
had to be completely reshot because no one realized that Lee looked like he was standing
still while evil villains convulsed and dropped all around him. Another tactic that was sometimes used for
his films was raising the shooting frame rate so that his actions could be caught, making
sure that no one missed a split second of his epic fight scenes. Bruce Lee the Cha Cha Champion Martial arts wasn’t the only kind of choreography
that Bruce Lee mastered in. Not only was he an exceptional athlete when
it came to fighting, but he was also a champion dancer. In 1958 Lee wowed spectators and judges alike
when he danced to the winner’s circle in Hong Kong’s Cha Cha Championship. Apparently, he studied dance almost as seriously
as he did martial arts, and kept books with sketched choreography and notated dance steps
to perfect. When he left for America one year after the
championship he completed the journey by boat. Even though he didn’t have a first class
ticket, first-class passengers learned about his dancing talents and called him up from
the lower decks to dance with them and to teach them his smooth moves. His love for dance even made a brief appearance
in one of his action films, The Big Boss. In the film, he leads a group of working men
around in a victorious cha cha dance, which was a unique scene for Asian cinema at that
time, especially in the middle of an action movie. But Lee had the moves and the charisma to
pull the dance scene off, and gave a little taste of what his award-winning cha cha skills
were really like. Bruce Lee More Than Meets the Eye While he’s best known for his physical skills
as a fighter, Lee also studied philosophy and drama at the University of Washington. Although he never graduated with his degree,
he was fascinated with philosophical teachings and theories, especially when it came to subjects
like Taoism and Buddhism. Both philosophies focus heavily on getting
to know one’s self, contemplation, and harmony. It is claimed that Lee even led groups in
tai chi exercises on the university’s grounds to tap into that mindset. He believed that martial arts was his way
to know himself, but surprisingly he also relied heavily on poetry to express himself
too. After moving from Hong Kong to the U.S., Lee
started to write poems to process what he was going through and the things he experienced. Many of his poems also focused on themes of
nature and oneness, reflecting his philosophical ideals. Titles of his poems include, “Love Is Like
a Friendship Caught on Fire” and “Walking Along the Bank of Lake Washington”. Not only did the subject matter of the poems
show off Lee’s philosophical side, but the very way they were structured revealed a lot
about Lee as well. He preferred to write in a free verse style,
without restricting himself to poetic rules. This mirrored his eventual fighting style
which was free-flowing as well, proving Lee’s commitment to creativity and his willingness
to break all the rules. Lee’s Legacy Most facts about Bruce Lee are from when he
was alive – but there is an odd fact surrounding his death. After passing away unexpectedly from a medical
allergy during the filming of his last movie, Game of Death, the movie’s crew was left
with a conundrum. Lee hadn’t finished filming his scenes for
the flick, and only about 100 minutes had actually been shot for the movie when Lee
died. In order to get a little more footage to work
with, the filmmakers decided to shoot parts of Lee’s real funeral to cut into the movie. The funeral itself was a lavish affair, as
Lee was at the height of his stardom when he passed. Old students Chuck Norris and Steve McQueen
served as two of his pallbearers, while the filmmakers tried to catch close up shots of
Lee’s body to use for a fictional funeral for the film. It took a great deal of time for the film
to be cobbled together without Lee, but it was finally released five years later to mixed
reviews. Critics loved the scenes of Lee that had been
filmed, and the whole thing served as his last ode to martial arts. Bruce Lee Life of the Party Bruce Lee didn’t just use his super speed
and insane reflexes for fighting – he also had quite a few party quirks and show moves
that he liked to do for fun. People who have seen movies like The Karate
Kid in which wise senseis can catch flies with chopsticks probably assume that that
kind of thing is actually impossible… or is it? Lee had some extraordinary tricks of his own,
even one that was startling similar to that Karate Kid trick we just mentioned. If a single grain of rice was tossed into
the air, Lee was able to catch it in mid-flight between a pair of chopsticks. This is even more impressive since Lee had
notoriously bad eyesight – he spent most of his time wearing large glasses and was even
one of the first people to start trying contact lenses. None of this stopped him from snatching that
piece of rice out of the air and delighting viewers. Another trick of Lee’s was a sort of magic
illusion. Most magicians are familiar with a coin trick,
but perhaps none of them could do it quite like Bruce Lee. He would ask someone to hold a dime on their
palm, and then close their hand around it in a fist. Before the person could finish closing their
hand, Lee would move with lightning speed and remove the dime before the hand could
close. The trick didn’t end there though – Lee
would also leave a penny behind in place of the dime! Maybe he should have considered a side job
as a magician? Bruce Lee’s Unstoppable Punch Since arriving in America Bruce Lee wasted
no time in establishing himself as the fighting master everyone looked up to. This is in part due to some pretty impressive
moves he had, including something he dubbed “the unstoppable punch”. It was just as cool as it sounds – Lee claimed
that he could deliver a hit so fast that no opponent could block him. This was put to the test at the Long Beach
International Karate Championships in 1967. Lee went up against a man named Vic Moore
to see whether or not he really could be stopped. Moore is a 10th-degree black belt and no stranger
to dodging punches and dominating in a fight. Above that, he is a four-time karate world
champion, and a formidable opponent for Lee to square off against. The test was simple – Lee told Moore in advance
that he would aim a punch at his face, and all he had to do was stop it. Lee gave Moore plenty of advance warning and
even waited for Moore to tell him when he was ready to try and block the hit. It is reported that of the eight times Lee
punched towards Moore’s face, stopping just before making contact with him, none of his
punches were blocked by Moore, and Lee walked away after proving his unstoppable punch to
be just that. Bruce Lee and The One Inch Punch Lee had another epic punch – this one that
he revealed in 1964 – the One Inch Punch. It sounds harmless, but Lee proved it to be
the exact opposite when he gave a demonstration of his talents. The One Inch Punch is a difficult kung fu
move and requires a high level of both strength and expertise. It’s a punch that’s performed very close
to the subject, and instead of relying on a big wind up the attacker uses their abdominal
muscles to pack in a whole lot of force. Bruce Lee demonstrated this move at the previously
mentioned Long Beach International Karate Championships, this time with the aid of an
unfortunate volunteer. He performed the punch on the man, sending
the poor volunteer falling backwards. Apparently, the man was so sore following
the demonstration that he had to call in sick to work the next day because of the pain. We’re guessing he never volunteered for
a Bruce Lee demonstration again! Before you start practicing your own sick
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