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In Praise of Bruce Lee

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"One day, we overheard two uncultured punks making casual remarks about Bruce. They did not refer to him as simply Bruce but Bruce that *beep*. Everyone heard them. Bruce froze and said: "Those guys were insulting me!" If we had added more fuel to the fire he probably might've killed someone. So instead I replied: "No, they called you Brother Dragon." Still he approached them. Where on earth did his strength come from may I ask? Those two guys weighed at least 140 lbs each. He lifted them up from their belt loops and exclaimed: "What were the two of you saying about me!" Their feet were well off the floor. We were utterly dumbfounded. He was only 130 lbs. At his heaviest he was 133 lbs during the filming of "The Big Boss." And 126 lbs at the time of his death. The two fellows were like: "No, we called you Brother Dragon really." So Bruce dropped them to the ground. That display of power was crazy."

"Another time, when we were at a nightclub, Bruce found himself surrounded by several people. They wanted him to perform for them. One guy with a slouch requested him to showcase some acrobatics but others were like you can see all that in his movies and wanted something they had not witnessed before. He had no money on him so asked someone to buy a can of milk. I'm not sure if the brand is still available (in Hong Kong) but it was an Eagle Brand tin of condensed milk. It was even sturdier than a can of Longevity. He penetrated it with one poke of his finger and poured it. No injuries sustained. He crushed the can with one hand and stabbed the middle with his other using the index finger."

When asked which is greater, Bruce's fists or legs:

"His fists were greater. Not that his feet aren't great but they weren't on the level of his arms."

"One day I thought he had gone mental. You know those chrysanthemums, where it's completely covered in tiny petals? He was picking them. I asked: "Brother Sai Fung, what's up?" He replied: "I'm training my feet." I said: "Are you mad? You're at the stage where your footwork still needs practice? You're 'Three Kicks Lee' (a nickname) now." He replied: "No, I want to train my kicks to resemble the motion of a whip." He picked the petals until there was only one left. The idea was once his kick was almost in contact with the petal, he would retract and the petal would fall off. When demonstrated on a person, the initial impact won't hurt, but it's the pull back that will rupture your internal organs. This rather avant-garde technique was picked up by Sam Hui when he played a security guard in one movie after his death. A cake was placed on top of a fridge. He kicked then pulled and the cake fell towards him. That's where he got his inspiration from."

"Every day Sai Fung would have a vase in the office and he would be hacking away at it (the petals) with his feet. "I WILL master it!" His mentality is such that if he believes he can succeed then he will succeed. In the end upon his death, he never managed to attain this goal."

When asked if both his legs were of equal strength:

"His right leg was a little better. His left leg was good too but not as free and fluid as his right."

"If we're talking people of a similar weight category, give or take 20 pounds, when no rules are enforced, nobody can beat him in a fight. Not even 180 lbs if it's a free for all. Tournaments are a different story when so many restrictions are in place."
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"Lee, pound for pound, might well have been one of the strongest men in the world, and certainly one of the quickest".


"The biggest problem in designing equipment for Bruce was that he'd go through it so damn fast. I had to reinforce his wooden dummy with automobile parts so he could train on it without breaking it. I had started to build him a mobile dummy that could actually attack and retreat to better simulate "Live" combat, sadly Bruce died before the machine was built. It would have been strung up by big high-tension cables that I was going to connect between two posts, one on either side of his backyard. The reason for the machine was simply because no one could stand up to his full force punches and kicks, Bruce's strength and skill had evolved to point where he had to fight machines. Bruce was very interested in strength training, you could say that he was obsessed with it".

"Bruce would wear a Weider Waist Shaper (a type of sauna belt) when riding his stationary bike. It was all black and made out of neoprene. He'd put it on before getting on the stationary bike. Then he'd turn the resistance up on it. He'd pedal the hell out of the bike. Sweat would pour out of him. He'd ride that bike for a series of 10 minute sessions. He felt that the sauna belt focused the heat onto his stomach and helped keep the fat off. Now maybe it worked and maybe it didn't, but you'd be hard pressed to find any fat anywhere on his body".
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"I last saw Bruce after he moved from Culver City to Bel Air. He had a big heavy bag hanging out on his patio. It weighed 300lbs. I could hardly move it at all. Bruce said to me "Hey, Wally, watch this" and he jumped back and kicked it and this monster of a heavy bag went up to the ceiling, Thump!!! And came back down. I still can't believe the power that guy had".


"Bruce had this trademark "One Inch Punch", he could send individuals (Some of whom outweighed him by over 100lbs) flying through the air where they'd crash to the ground 15 feet away. I remember getting knocked up against the wall by that punch. I didn't think it was possible that he could generate so much power in his punch, especially when he was just laying his hand against my chest, he just twitched a bit and Wham!!!, I went flying backward and bounced off a wall. I took him very seriously after that."

According to Nishioka, when Bruce was living in LA, he would many times bring along a friend to witness this dynamo. Once he brought along Dr. Burt Siedler, a physical education professor at Cal state (LA). “When he first saw Bruce punching the speed bag,” Nishioka smiled, “he (Siedler) mentioned that if Bruce would seriously study boxing, he would be the lightweight champ in a year’s time.
Then, when he saw Bruce punch the heavy bag and jar it like a heavyweight with lefts and rights, he quickly changed his mind, saying that if Bruce should compete in the ring, he could become a champ in six months.
“Afterward Bruce told me to block his punches,” continued Nishioka. “Those punches were so fast that I couldn’t block any one of them. When Siedler saw that, he shook his head and changed his mind again, this time telling Bruce that he only needed one month to be the champ.”
Another time, Nishioka brought along a student of Shigeru Egami, a noted Karate Sensei (teacher) in Japan. Hashimoto, who was a fourth dan (degree) black belt, had never heard of Bruce Lee before. But it didn’t take him long to respect Bruce’s skills.


"Bruce would take hold of a 70lb dumbbell with one arm and raise it to a lateral position, level to his shoulder and then he'd hold the contraction for a few seconds. Nobody else I knew could even get it up there, let it alone hold it up there".

"The power that Lee was capable of instantly generating was absolutely frightening to his fellow martial artists, especially his sparring partners, and his speed was equally intimidating. We timed him with an electric timer once, and Bruce's quickest movements were around five hundredths of a second, his slowest were around eight hundredths. This was punching from a relaxed position with his hands down at his sides from a distance between 18-24 inches. Not only was he amazingly quick, but he could read you too. He could pick up on small subtle things that you were getting ready to do and then he'd just shut you down".

"Bruce was gravitating more and more toward weight training as he would use the weighted wall pulleys and do series upon series with them. He'd also grab one of the old rusty barbells that littered the floor at the YMCA and would roll it up and down his forearms, which is no small feat when you consider that the barbell weighed 70lbs".
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"I considered him by far the greatest. And for those who don´t consider him the greatest, at least he is the top candidate for being actually the greatest."

"Bruce was incredibly strong for his size. He could take a 75lb barbell and from a standing position with the barbell held flush against his chest, he could slowly stick his arms out, lock them and hold the barbell there for 20 seconds, that's pretty damn tough for a guy who at the time only weighed 138lbs. I know 200lb weight lifters who can't do that."


"Bruce was forever pumping a dumbell which he kept in the house. He had the unique ability to do several things at once. It wasn't at all unusual for me to find him watching a boxing match on TV, while simultaneously performing full side splits, reading a book in one hand and pumping the dumbell up and down with the other. Bruce was a big believer in forearm training to improve his gripping and punching power. He was a forearm fanatic, if ever anyone came out with a new forearm course, Bruce would have to get it."
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"Bruce had the biggest forearms proportionate to anybody's body that I've ever seen. I mean, his forearms were huge. He had incredibly powerful wrists and fingers, his arms were just extraordinary".

"Bruce was pretty much of a five mile runner, but then Bruce was one of those guys who just challenged the heck out of himself. He ran backwards, he ran wind sprints where he'd run a mile, walk a mile, run a mile. Whenever I ran with Bruce, it was always a different kind of run. Bruce was one of those total athletes. It wasn't easy training with him. He pushed you beyond where you wanted to go and then some".


"If you ever grabbed hold of Bruce's forearm, it was like getting hold of a baseball bat".


"But, he can also do pushups with one thumb."

"Where did his power come from? Right here in his forearms, you see it's harder than this (table). And if he blocks, pow! Your arm turns numb!"


"First of all, I feel Bruce had great personal loyalty. He really likes to help people. He also helped me a couple of times before. And his character was very clear and bright. Sometimes, his temper would flare up a little, but he was a very upstanding person."

"I feel he was Hong Kong's first hero on screen and off. Many thespians when they're not making movies might be unremarkable in real life. Or even outright scoundrels, who knows. I feel Bruce was the first example of a silver screen hero who is likewise a genuine legend outside of it."
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"When I perform it's almost orgasmic. It is very sexual and Bruce was like that too. I'm horribly addicted to talent and Bruce was a kinetic genius".


"He had a magnetism that was indescribable. Bruce was very quiet and shy but could be very aggressive if he wanted to be. He was a show-off and always wanted to flaunt his body."


"He was the first man I had ever been with who had such a beautiful body."

"Those abs – his muscles were so defined, it was as if they were chiseled. Bruce was the most incredible lover I’ve ever been with. He was just so knowledgeable about a woman’s body."

"Bruce took me to the moon and back. He just turned me inside out."

"I was in lust with Steve (McQueen), but Bruce was the love of my life."


"Bruce Lee helped me with my punch, and I helped him with his kick."

"I dedicate my book to Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell for all they have done for Martial Arts worldwide and for me, personally. Through this book I have sought in some small way to honour the remarkable legacy of excellence in mind and body that Bruce left behind in his too short a life."

"Think of the fastest cheetah on the African tundra. Think of the speed at which you blink your eyes. Or better yet, think of electrons darting around the nucleus of an atom. That is the speed at which the great, late martial artist Bruce Lee could move his hands."

"I think it was in 1967 when Bruce first broke boards. He saw a lot of them lying around in my garage and told me that he would like to try them out. He had never broken a board before, but only a few months later, Bruce broke more boards than I did! In fact, he side jump-kicked four inch dangling boards and broke every one of them. He really had tremendous momentum and power in his kicks. It's true that I was the one who first introduced high kicks to Bruce and, in return, Bruce gave me some ideas of hand techniques, mainly showing me how to be "non-telegraphic" when punching."

On the difficulty of breaking boards: "Without explosive power, the boards would just fly away unbroken."

"Bruce taught me an innovative new punch that illustrates his profound philosophy of fighting. He told me that you never telegraph with which hand you will strike. When he demonstrated what he meant by that, he asked me to try and block his punches. As much as I focused, as much as I told myself to quicken my defenses, I couldn't block him."

"I coined a name for Bruce's punch - the "Accupunch" - and one day it was my honour to transfer Bruce's skill and legacy to the heavyweight boxing champion of the world!"

"I was surprised to learn that Ali had heard of me, but not so surprised that he knew and had tremendous respect for Bruce. Ali talked about how quick Bruce was. I told Ali that Bruce had great respect for him too and that to honour the memory of my friend I would like to show him one of Bruce's most secret weapons."

"Bruce was very fast, but more important was his excellent timing, his deceptiveness. Good timing is essential. Muhammad Ali was a good fighter, not because of his speed, but because of his timing. I really felt that Bruce valued good timing more than just speed."

“Sparring with Bruce was so frustrating because he would be on you before you could even react.I don't know how he did it but you couldn't beat a guy like him.”

"Bruce was really a good street fighter, and I personally have never seen anybody, pound for pound, as strong as Bruce Lee."


"Bruce created a jambalaya of martial arts, adding and discarding moves that were less effective. No wasted movements."

"I took it to heart. I dedicated myself to preparation by maintaining complete focus during basketball practice and my training with Bruce. As a result, I became stronger, faster and a much more intense player."

"Bruce was an innovator and caused martial arts to move forward. The skyhook is the embodiment of an efficient shot that requires minimal movement but sudden speed."
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"Bruce Lee is a killer!"

"Bruce Lee didn’t believe in fighting in tournaments and stuff. He basically believed in: “Let’s do it right now.” But Bruce Lee was really a street fighter, like an MMA fighter for real. No one talked about MMA before that, or grappling. He said, "I don’t believe in grappling, because I equate grappling with being on the floor and I equate being on the floor with being stomped." And they said, "What do you mean?" And he said, "One guy maybe, but I’m fighting five or six guys but I can't be on the floor, wrestling around."

"Is that deep or what? He’s thinking, "I’m fighting an army, man." That just totally opened my head! We talking about killing, not no championship. We not fighting to see who’s better, we fighting to see who survives."
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Bodybuilding champion Bolo Yeung, who appeared with Lee in Enter the Dragon, visited Lee at his house in Kowloon in 1973, during a break in filming.

When Yeung entered Lee's office, Lee was wearing a headset plugged into a machine containing various knobs and dials. He was also sweating profusely.

Through one side of his headphones were coming loud noises - car engines and horns - while the other side produced soft, tranquil sounds like raindrops hitting a pond. The idea, Lee explained to Yeung, was to train to separate both sides so he could focus only on the soft sounds.

"He told me fighting is mainly practiced with one's attention on one person," Yeung says. "But in the street, one might be attacked by four or more people, so I want to have my senses heightened to be receptive to the slightest sound."

"Bruce also devised a particularly difficult exercise he called 'The Flag,' Yeung says. While lying on a bench, he would grasp the uprights attached to the bench with both hands and raise himself off the bench, supported only by his shoulders. Then, with his knees locked straight and his lower back raised off the bench, he'd perform leg raises. He was able to keep himself perfectly vertical in midair. He was incredible. In a hundred years, there will never be another like him."


“I was there in the middle of the street clinging onto a telephone pole when Bruce Lee’s car drove up, he told me to get in. I had no choice, I had no money and I had a girl with a baby so I needed money and no one would give me a job. He gave me $10,000 and opened a bank account for me. Bruce died three days later and I was with him.”

Lee intended to revive Lazenby's career with a sort-of sequel to Enter the Dragon (1973) called Game of Death. The two met with producer Raymond Chow (head of production company Golden Harvest) to discuss the script and film over lunch and planned to meet again for dinner that night. Lee never showed.

Lazenby, however, eventually shot three films with Golden Harvest: Stoner, The Man from Hong Kong, and A Queen's Ransom.


From his autobiography Prometheus: The George Dillman Story:

"Another time Bruce came out to my dojo. He came in and just took over my class, and I didn’t ask him to! He was saying, “You, change your stance! You, cover like this!” I didn’t know what to do. I mean, these were my people, but he was Bruce Lee, standing there with Ed Parker! So I just watched and listened. One of the main things I remember was that he told a few jokes. In fact that was when I first started to think it was okay to use humor in my classes. Bruce started laughing and joking and I realized that it made the students more relaxed. They were actually learning better, rather than with this mili-tary drill approach—“Don’t move until I tell you”—and things like that. That was why my first wife Sandy could never train with me— because she would poke fun in class. Bruce was the first one I saw to loosen his class up that way.

A lot of what Bruce said stayed in my mind, even when I trained with other people. I learned as much—or more—from him over a meal as I did in the dojo. For example, I remember sit-ting with Bruce and Danny at a Chinese restaurant once, listening to them talk about when to breathe in or out in fighting, but it wasn’t until much later that I was able to see the connection with kata Sanchin.

It was Bruce who first explained to me that martial arts pres-sure points were the same points and meridians that are used in acupuncture. Some are for healing, some are for hurting. This was over Chinese food—not in the dojo. I remember he said that he was planning on delving deeper into this when he returned to China. As it turned out he may have gone too deep.

Bruce wanted me to introduce him to Muhammad Ali. He called me once from California and once from China, asking me to arrange the meeting. Talking to Muhammad Ali—without discussing what Lee had asked—Ali told me, “There’s only one man I want to meet— Bruce Lee, and I think you can arrange it.” Unfortunately, Bruce died before it could ever happen."


From his autobiography "Remembering Bruce Lee: And Jon Benn's Other Adventures":

"When I saw Bruce, he always seemed to possess an abnormal, almost "super" strength. He stood just 1.72 meters tall and usually weighed only about 130 pounds. But another time he did a one-inch punch on me, and I flew back 1.5 meters.

Between scenes, as we waited for the crew to change the lights, he would say, "Hey, watch this." Then he would drop down from a standing start and balance on his thumbs and forefingers to do 100 pushups very fast.

On one occasion, I watched several would-be tough guys play around with a 300-pound punching bag that hung by a strong chain. One of them would hit it a few times, causing it to move an inch or two. Next, someone else would kick it, and at most, it might move 10 inches.

Then Bruce decided to intervene. "Stand back," he warned. Seconds later, he ran at the bulky bag and hit it with a fierce flying kick. Damn! The bag flew up to the ceiling and broke in half. Stuffing from its innards flew everywhere, dropping down all around us, like an unprecedented Hong Kong snowstorm.

As often happened, even Bruce looked slightly astonished by his destructive force. "Oh, my God," he said, staring at the eviscerated punching bag. "I am so sorry. Forgive me."

Showing a creative flair, Bruce arranged to have several unusual training devices specially made to his own designs. I recall seeing one of those, a box-like contraption with four holes. One of the holes measured just big enough for Bruce's fist. Others accommodated three fingers and two fingers while the smallest hole looked just right for one finger. Each hole had razor-sharp edges.

Out of curiosity, I once made the unfortunate mistake of sticking one of my fingers into the biggest hole. Zap! I recoiled, having taken the biggest shock of my life! The box had been electrified to deliver a very powerful jolt. I never again touched anywhere near those holes.

Believe it or not, Bruce would jab at that box hundreds of times, aiming at the various holes, and if he missed, even slightly, he would get badly cut. Meanwhile, the shocks that he received made him pull back very fast. That explains how he developed his remarkable speed and accuracy.

People on the movie sets sometimes slowed down the cameras in amazement because no one could believe Bruce's fantastic speed. Having worked out with that shocking box accounted for a big part of how he did it.

I wonder if anyone alive today would go to the extremes and endure all of the things that he did in a quest to become the greatest possible martial artist. Always, I arrive at the same conclusion - that no one else would devote the same effort and make the big sacrifices that Bruce did - at least no one that I have met or know about.

To this day, I firmly believe that his almost constant struggle for perfection is what really killed him. The human body can take only so much. Bruce drove himself to extremes and a small blood vessel in his brain finally gave out, ending his life."
"The main thing about Bruce Lee is that, he was a little guy. And you know, his quickness, his aggressiveness, his explosive power, you have to be a great athlete to have all these, his body, his look, you know, all these things have to do with discipline and structure. He was able to go against the biggest guy, regardless of who he was. He can do so because of his confidence; his confidence is bigger than the stature, the size of the person; he makes you believe that size doesn't make a difference; what really matter are the confidence and your ability to make adjustment.

It works not only for Kung Fu; that is life is all about. Life is not about size, or the skin color, it is about how good and how well-prepared you are to pass the test. Bruce Lee showed these to us.

There were a lot of karate people, but Bruce Lee stood high above everybody."
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MARVEL is cool. But give me Bruce Lee. Real life superhero.


"I have numerous fighting experience in the rings, but I saw Bruce fought with others. His martial arts skills are much better than me. It’s true, much better than me!"

On the prospect of fighting Bruce: "Bruce did ask me to have a try out with him but I don’t dare to utter a word and after seeing his amazing performance, I think I better not do so for fear of losing face. Just look at his speed, kicking and punching, it’s scary! He’ll just finish you off with one punch if you are to engage a fight with him. One punch from him and that’s it, you are gone! I'm not able to handle him. So, if I fight with him, I’ll lose, I can’t beat him."

"I remember he wanted to test my arm power so we had an arm-wrestling. Nobody can beat him, really! You know, I am well-known for my arm wrestling but Bruce was even much better. He just beat the hell out of me easily. Not only that, later on, Bolo Yeung told me personally that he once lost to Bruce, so, a big guy like him can’t even beat Bruce, how the hell can I, who is much smaller than Bolo."

"He was very strong. He could beat Bolo at arm-wrestling. You know how big Bolo is! That was at Golden Harvest."

"I have to say that the best kicking I saw was by Bruce Lee. Fast, but very powerful! Some people were faster, but they lacked power. Only Bruce had this, so, of course, I tried to follow his kicking style."

On how he would fare against Muay Thai fighters of his time: "No doubt Bruce should be the best in Southeast Asia then. If fighting in the ring with the Muay Thai fighter, it is hard to say who will win because of the rules and regulations but if it is on the street with no rules and all out, I’ll bet on Bruce, Bruce will definitely win for sure!"
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“Bruce Lee is a great martial artist. Traditional Chinese martial artists are very close-minded. They only limit themselves to one particular martial art style and they keep saying their own style is the best. But for Bruce Lee, for example, he trained nunchucks and Wu in his film. Nunchucks is not a weapon from Chinese Kung Fu because the weapons from Chinese Kung Fu are San jie gun, which has three sections.”

“The one used by Bruce Lee has only two sections (nunchucks), because Bruce Lee learned it from a martial artist from Philippines. Speaking about Bruce Lee’s sidekicks, it is very similar to the kicks from Taekwondo and Karate. Bruce’s steps are similar to dancing and his movements are very similar to Muhammad Ali. His punching style is Wing Chun. In a nutshell, Bruce Lee combined all the good stuff from each martial art style he used to learn and put these together to create Jeet Kune Do. Of course, he is also well-known for his philosophy other than martial arts.”
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"Bruce was so obsessed with strengthening his forearms that he used to train them every day. He said "The forearm muscle was very, very dense, so you had to pump that muscle every day to make it stronger".

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

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