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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 went over there. 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 stronger, Bruce's fists or legs:

"His fists were stronger. Not that his feet aren't strong 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-legged 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 was never able 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."

"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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"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."

"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."

"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".

A few of Bruce's awesome feats:

Bruce's striking speed from 3 feet away was five hundredths of a second.

Bruce could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.

Bruce did press ups using only 2 fingers.

Bruce could thrust his fingers through unopened cans of Coca-Cola. (This was when soft drinks cans were made of steel much thicker than today's aluminium cans)

Bruce was able to explode 100lb bags with a simple sidekick.

Bruce would ride for 45 minutes (10 Miles) on a stationary bike, when he'd finished, a huge pool of sweat was beneath him.

Bruce once caved in a protective headgear made from heavy steel rods, rods that had previously withstood several blows from a sledgehammer.

Bruce's last movie "Enter the Dragon" was made for a modest $600,000 in 1973. To date, is has grossed over $300,000,000.

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