Bruce Lee, an inspiration for many martial artists Bruce Lee was the star that popularized martial arts in the world. With his swift moves, he awed everyone. Just how did Lee learn such moves? Lee, as a child living in Hong Kong where gangs ruled the streets, had an interest in street fighting.
Although bothered by them a little, he didn’t mind the challenge. The frequency of his fighting worried his parents. So to assure that their child, Lee, would not end up dead, Lee’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen, taught him the basics of Wu style tai chi style. At the age of 13, Lee learned Wing Chun from his master, Yip Man on 1954.
On 1959, Lee got into another fight and the police were involved. After receiving the phone call from the police, Lee’s parents decided to send him to the United States in San Fancisco, California to live with his sister. In America, Lee received his high school diploma. He dropped out of college. He also met his future wife, Linda Emery, at his university.
Lee developed the Jeet Kune Do style which emphasized on speed, flexibility, effectiveness and practicality. Lee called it “the style of no style”. Aside from being a martial artist, Lee is also a renowned actor. He played a lot of roles before landing the role of Cheng Chao-an in the hit movie, The Big Boss, or popularly known as Fists of Fury. Lee was strict when it came with nutrition.
He believed that good food is good fuel. He took in high-protein drinks, vitamins and healthy foods. He also preferred Chinese and Asian cuisine. Lee also wrote books. He wrote his philosophies on martial arts and his points of view. One book entitled Tao of Jeet Kune Do was the core writings of Jeet Kune Do. Lee wrote the Tao of Jeet Kune Do when he had sudden inspirations after he become inactive for six months due to injuring his back. Lee had numerous tricks using martial arts and speed. He could catch rice grains in mid-air with only a pair of chopsticks. He could do chin-ups with just one arm.
He could do push-ups with just his thumb and index finger. While he was alive, Lee taught only a number of students. He had also trained World Karate Champions like Chuck Norris and Mike Stone.
Due to cerebral edema, the gathering of excess water in the brain; Lee died on July 20, 1973. A few months back he had collapsed and suffered from spasms and headaches. Later, on July 20, he had complained of a headache. He was given an aspirin. He lied down to take a nap, but when his friends tried to wake him up, he did not. They called a doctor. The doctor tried to revive him before sending him to the hospital. Lee died upon reaching the hospital.
Many speculated about Lee’s death. They hypothesized how kung-fu techniques had led to his death. Lee was also in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century.