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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is arguably the most influential martial artist in history because he essentially introduced Chinese martial arts to the world. Within a short span of time, he inspired millions to practice martial arts.

“Little Dragon” Bruce Lee (aka Cantonese, Lee Jun-fan; Mandarin, Lee Xiao-lung) was born in San Francisco during the Chinese Year of the Dragon (November 27, 1940). When he was a child actor in Hong Kong, he would run around the set with a praying mantis on his shoulder, thus his interest in the praying mantis fist form of kung fu. After practicing choy lay fut, Bruce Lee began studying wing chun under Ip Man in 1954. (The film Ip Man 2 says 1956).

To avoid gang fights in Hong Kong and get his U.S. citizenship, Bruce Lee moved back to the United States in 1959 and began teaching wing chun at his newly opened Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Recognizing the weaknesses of traditional kung fu training, Bruce Lee created his own martial way, jeet kune do (way of the intercepting fist). He believed one’s movements and mind should flow like water, which is why his school motto was “using no way as way; having no limitation as limitation.”

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  1. Bruce Lee: Martial Arts Megastar’s New Book by JKD Historian Details the Icon’s Personal, Physical and Philosophical Evolution

    Bruce Lee: Martial Arts Megastar’s New Book by JKD Historian Details the Icon’s Personal, Physical and Philosophical Evolution

    In an exclusive video interview filmed at Black Belt, “Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist” author Tommy Gong discusses how the jeet kune do founder became and remains one of the world’s most influential martial artists.
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  2. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Side-Kick Combo

    From the pages of Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method: The Complete Edition, the martial arts icon is shown executing this martial arts staple in a self-defense situation on the street!
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  3. Your Bruce Lee Training Library: The Four Bruce Lee Books You Must Have (and Why)

    Your Bruce Lee Training Library: The Four Bruce Lee Books You Must Have (and Why)

    As 2013 draws to a close, we take a look at this icon’s life and legacy, examining four of his essential books and why they matter for your martial arts training and philosophy development.
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  4. Get a FREE Bruce Lee Biography, E-Books of Bruce Lee Facts, Bruce Lee Fighting-Style Information and More!

    Get a FREE Bruce Lee Biography, E-Books of Bruce Lee Facts, Bruce Lee Fighting-Style Information and More!

    Seven FREE downloads offer a variety of perspectives about the late jeet kune do master’s techniques, philosophy, movies and continuing influence on the world of traditional and mixed martial arts.
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  5. 5 Big Changes to Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do

    5 Big Changes to Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do

    Finally back in stock after selling out two print runs, Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition has made Bruce Lee’s already-landmark book a hit all over again. Find out why in BlackBeltMag.com’s exclusive inside look at this epic project!
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  6. Free Guide to Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy

    Free Guide to Bruce Lee Quotes: 10 Jeet Kune Do Masters Examine Bruce Lee’s Philosophy

    Because of the enigmatic nature of Bruce Lee’s teachings and the ever-changing way he viewed combat, practically everyone in the modern jeet kune do community has a different bit of Bruce Lee in their cup. Black Belt interviewed prominent JKD instructors to ask what they thought Bruce Lee was really
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  7. Bruce Lee Training Philosophy and Little-Known Bruce Lee Facts Featured in Special Collector’s Issue of Black Belt Magazine

    Bruce Lee Training Philosophy and Little-Known Bruce Lee Facts Featured in Special Collector’s Issue of Black Belt Magazine

    The July 2012 issue of Black Belt will be a special collector’s issue devoted entirely to the life and legend of jeet kune do founder and martial arts icon Bruce Lee. This special issue will feature a guest editorial by his daughter, Shannon Lee, as well as articles detailing Bruce
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  8. First-Generation Bruce Lee Student and Jeet Kune Do Instructor Howard Williams Passes Away

    First-Generation Bruce Lee Student and Jeet Kune Do Instructor Howard Williams Passes Away

    The staff of Black Belt was told that on April 2, 2012, first-generation Bruce Lee student Howard Williams passed away. The cause of death is being reported as a heart attack.

    Williams took up jeet kune do when he was 15 or 16. He studied under Bruce Lee and James Lee
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  9. The Fighting Man’s Exercise: Bruce Lee’s Training Regiment

    The Fighting Man’s Exercise: Bruce Lee’s Training Regiment

    Bruce Lee was a specimen of health. He trained every day and consumed only the proper food. He was a martinet who never let his work interfere with his training. Even when he was sent to India to find suitable locations for filming, he took along his running shoes. The
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  10. The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    On the eve of Tao of Jeet Kune Do’s release, public awareness will be awakened again to the legendary man who wrote this book: Bruce Lee.  As a child, I used to call him “Uncle Bruce.”  But there was another special human being who I regard just as warmly.  And when
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