Bruce Lee

     Sijo Bruce Lee founded Jeet Kune Do – “The Way of the Intercepting Fist” – in the late 1960s. Considered the father of mixed martial arts, Lee expressed a dynamic philosophy of combat and self-knowledge, refined through a lifetime of relentless training and deep research. As both a cultural icon and radical martial artist, his rich legacy of movies and writings offers inspirational wisdom for fighters, athletes, and strivers.

     Born in San Francisco in 1940, in the year and hour of the Dragon, Lee grew up in Hong Kong, where he trained in Wing Chun Gung Fu under the renowned grandmaster Ip Man. He returned to the United States in 1959, where he completed high school and college. Lee continued his meteoric rise as a martial arts teacher and action star, redefining martial arts orthodoxy and the action movie genre.

     By the time of his death in 1973, Lee was a megastar of several groundbreaking films (The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Enter The Dragon). He had also trained both champions and celebrities (Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Coburn, and Steve McQueen). As importantly, he developed strong relationships with select students who continue his legacy of breakthrough martial arts teaching around the world.

     As a martial artist, Lee used the film medium to introduce the Eastern martial arts to the world and express his unique philosophy of combat. Adorned by his incredible film presence, Lee’s films set a timeless gold standard in fight choreography and demonstrations of combat prowess. Beyond the silver screen, Lee pushed the frontiers of combat knowledge through his own relentless research, experimentation, and careful synthesis. This ongoing process culminated in his development of “Jeet Kune Do” – the dynamic fighting style of the twentieth century’s most influential martial artist.

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