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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. Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 5

    Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 5

    The details of Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do have filled numerous books, leaving newcomers wondering where to begin. Here, Joe Lewis, Leo Fong, William Cheung and Burton Richardson share what matters most.
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  2. Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 4

    Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 4

    Four more experts are here to help you get a better grasp of Bruce Lee’s martial message. Lamar M. Davis II, Dr. Jerry Beasley, Matt Thornton and Thomas Cruise sound off on what matters most in JKD.
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  3. Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 3

    Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 3

    This jeet kune do wisdom from four of Bruce Lee’s most famous followers is guaranteed to further your understanding of his fighting art — and yours!
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  4. Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 2

    Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples! Part 2

    Four more martial artists — Burton Richardson, Matthew J. Numrich, Teri Tom and Richard S. Bustillo — weigh in on what they consider the most important elements of Bruce Lee’s teachings on jeet kune do.
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  5. Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples!

    Learn the Most Important Martial Arts Lessons Bruce Lee Taught — From His Top Disciples!

    Black Belt contacted prominent martial artists to learn what they regard as the most essential teachings of jeet kune do founder Bruce Lee. Here’s what Dan Inosanto, Tim Tackett, Kelly McCann and Joe Lewis had to say.
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  6. How Bruce Lee Taught Us to Transform the Human Body Into a Weapon

    How Bruce Lee Taught Us to Transform the Human Body Into a Weapon

    To say that Bruce Lee was ahead of his time in terms of martial arts techniques and physical training would be an understatement, yet it’s worth examining how much of his work was on the cutting edge.
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  7. Judo Gene LeBell: Bruce Lee Was the Best Martial Artist of His Time

    Judo Gene LeBell: Bruce Lee Was the Best Martial Artist of His Time

    You probably know that Gene LeBell and Bruce Lee worked and trained together, but do you know what “Judo” Gene thinks about the “Little Dragon”? For example, how did Lee react to LeBell’s grappling?
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  8. In Memory of Bruce Lee: What Many of Us Haven’t Learned From His Death

    In Memory of Bruce Lee: What Many of Us Haven’t Learned From His Death

    Black Belt’s entertainment blogger has a personal story to tell about Bruce Lee, and it has the potential to benefit all martial artists.
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  9. The Bruce Lee Effect: Changing the Martial Arts, Changing the World

    The Bruce Lee Effect: Changing the Martial Arts, Changing the World

    Without a doubt, Bruce Lee is planet Earth’s most famous fighter, but his influence extends far beyond the martial arts. Find out how extensive — and long-lived — it is.
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  10. Bruce Lee Collectors Rally in Response to Black Belt Magazine’s Release of Exclusive Download Set!

    Bruce Lee Collectors Rally in Response to Black Belt Magazine’s Release of Exclusive Download Set!

    Get the inside scoop on this epic 3,500-page downloadable collection, news of which garnered an astounding 88,000+ “likes” on the Bruce Lee Facebook page!
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