Interesting Facts About Bruce Lee

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Interesting Facts About Bruce Lee
 

 
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1. Bruce Lee's Family Gave Him a Girl's Name: "Little Phoenix"
Bruce's family never called him "Bruce." They preferred to call him by his nickname "Sai Fon" or "Little Phoenix." It was a girl's name, deliberately chosen by his parents because they believed that evil spirits did not like boys in the family (their firstborn was a son who died in infancy). So, by giving Bruce a girl's name, they believed they could fool the demons into sparing his life!

Actually, "Bruce" was a name given by a nurse at the Jackson Street Hospital, San Francisco, where he was born (Bruce's father was traveling with an acting troupe at the time). The nurse thought that giving the baby an English name would help avoid any confusion with his American birth certificate (yes, Bruce was an American by birth - he never had any other citizenship).

2. Bruce Lee was Part German
Bruce wasn't pure Chinese - he was actually part German (his grandfather from his mother's side was half German).

3. Bruce Lee Never Lost a f!ght
Well, actually he lost a f!ght only once in his life: when he was 13 years old. This loss actually prompted Bruce to learn martial arts from a Wing Chun master named Yip Man. After other students learned that Bruce wasn't pure Chinese, they refused to let him train in their class. Yip Man had to train him privately. (Image: Portland Kung Fu Club)

4. Bruce Lee was a Bad Student
Academics didn't interest Bruce in the least. After primary school, Bruce entered La Salle College, an English-speaking boys' secondary school in Kowloon, Hong Kong, where he often got into trouble. Bruce was expelled from La Salle for disruptive behavior.

Even after his parents moved him to a different school, Bruce kept on getting into street f!ghts.

5. Bruce Lee was an Excellent Dancer and Boxer
Actually, Bruce studied dancing as hard as he studied martial arts: he was an excellent dancer who, at 18 years of age, won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship! Bruce was also a great boxer: he won the 1958 Boxing Championship - by knockout, of course.

6. Bruce Lee was a Philosophy Major
Bruce wasn't just all muscle and no brain. He attended the University of Washington, where he majored in philosophy with focus on the philosophical principles of martial art techniques. As you might imagine, Bruce supported himself in college by teaching martial arts. Later, Bruce dropped out of college to open his martial arts school.

7. Want to challenge Bruce Lee? Just tap your foot on the ground!
After he got famous, a lot of people thought they could beat Bruce - they would walk up to him, tap their foot on the ground (symbolizing a challenge) and then proceed to attack him! Well... maybe not that literal, but Bruce's popularity certainly attracted a lot nutcase trying to prove they're better than him.

One day, while filming Enter the Dragon, an extra taunted Bruce Lee and challenged him to f!ght. The whole thing went on like this:

"This kid was good. He was no punk. He was strong and fast, and he was really trying to punch Bruce's brains in. But Bruce just methodically took him apart."

"I mean Bruce kept moving so well, this kid couldn't touch him...Then all of a sudden, Bruce got him and rammed his a.ss into the wall and swept him, he proceeded to drop his knee into his opponent's chest, locked his arm out straight, and nailed him in the face repeatedly."
Typical of Bruce Lee, after the f!ght he didn't fire the extra - he actually gave his challenger lesson on how to improve!

8. Bruce Lee was Strong
In 1964, Bruce was invited to a karate championship in Long Beach, California. There he performed his famous "One Inch Punch," where he would deliver a devastating blow from only an inch away, sending his opponent flying back!
Bob Baker of Stockton, whom Bruce hit, said "I told Bruce not to do this type of demonstration again. When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because the pain in my chest was unbearable."

... and Fast!
Most martial art films are sped up to make f!ghting scenes appear fast, but not Bruce Lee's. His moves were too fast to be captured on the regular 24 frames per second film - so they had to film him at 32 fps, and run the film slower so you can see his moves.

9. Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris, who would win?
Here's a clip of Bruce Lee f!ghting Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon. You can see how fast Bruce Lee moved ... though it's obvious that Chuck Norris would be immune to the One Inch Punch as his one-inch chest hair would absorb the punch with ease!

And the most bizarre Bruce Lee fact is this:

10. Bruce Lee's Corpse Acted in his Final Movie!
Bruce Lee was filming Game of death when he died unexpectedly. So what did the studio do? Well, they rewrote the script so Bruce's character faked his own death to escape the mafia. Then they took footage from Bruce's actual funeral - including close-ups shots of the open casket showing his embalmed face - and work that into the movie!

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visit this link 10 Kick a.ss Facts About Bruce Lee - Neatorama

yeah yeah yeah, most this sh-t old and "played out", but Bruce Lee is forever. Reading his sh-t more than once is like reading it for the first time again.
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Other interesting facts about Bruce Lee’s amazing physical accomplishments include:
  • Bruce Lee could land a punch in around five hundredths of a second (0.05 second) from 3 feet away, and from 5 feet away it was around eight hundredths of a second (0.08 second).
  • Lee could take in one arm a 75 lb barbell from a standing position with the barbell held flush against his chest and slowly stick his arms out locking them, holding the barbell there for several seconds.
  • Lee could perform one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger. Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
  • Lee could cause a 300-lb (136.08 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a sidekick.
  • Lee could hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer.
  • Lee performed a sidekick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150 lb (68 kg) punching bag.
  • In a move that has been dubbed "Dragon Flag", Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso horizontal midair.
  • Bruce Lee was able to jump 8 feet from a stand still (this was shown in pictures and his films such as the one where he kicked the lightbulb out).
  • Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
  • Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks. - Witnessed by many such as Joe Hyams
  • Lee 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 aluminum cans).
  • Lee carries the blessing of the dragon: He was born in the year of the dragon—1940, and at the hour of the dragon—between 6:00AM – 8:00AM.
  • High pay for private lessons: Demand for his private Kung Fu lessons grew so high and his hourly rate soared to as much as $275 per hour.
  • Lee forever lives in video games:
    He was often honored in various video games like in Mortal Kombat Series—Liu Kang; in Super Street f!ghter 2—Fei Long; in World Heroes—Kim Dragon; and in Tekken—Marshall Law and Forrest Law.
  • Way back in Lee’s teenage years, he was a gang leader: The name of his group was known as “The Tigers of Junction Street.”
  • Lee began the process of creating his own martial arts style: Jun Fan Gung Fu was a modification of Wing Chun blended with Western Boxing, and Fencing. (Watch the movie IP Man")image
  • Physical Fitness is one of Lee’s priority: In aid of his fitness, Lee used electric current to strengthen training. Lee tracked the evolution of his training in his diary, which has been recollected and published in The Bruce Lee Library by John Little.
  • His accomplishments almost sound as impressive as Chuck Norris jokes. Who do you think would win between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris? Watch the video if you want to see how Bruce Lee used to light matches.

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visit this link Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person's open palm and leave a penny behind, all this before they could close it. - OMG Facts
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Very interesting.


I got to get his book
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chuck norris lost
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 BrooklynBoy said:
chuck norris lost
The only reason Chuck Norris won't die is because he's too afraid that he'll see Bruce Lee afterwards.
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and Don Inosantos daily a.ss-whoopings were well documented
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The fact that Yip Man trained Bruce Lee is what made me watch that movie, and holy sh*t that movie is epic
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Bruce Lee is that dragon man.

I still haven't been to his grave and it's only an hour away.

I'mma do that this summer... pay respect to my OG that got me into f!ghting.
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he was primarily an actor. he would get sparked out by mayweather quick style if he was alive today
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 Gman8677 said:
he was primarily an actor. he would get sparked out by mayweather quick style if he was alive today
idk bruce lee looks fast as fuk. just like money may doding them punches....
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 Gman8677 said:
he was primarily an actor. he would get sparked out by mayweather quick style if he was alive today

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 Gman8677 said:
he was primarily an actor. he would get sparked out by mayweather quick style if he was alive today
if he was alive today he would be old as hell...... in his youth money may wouldnt last 30 secs
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how bout some facts on Jim Kelly?
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BRUCE LEE WAS THE BADDEST MOTHAfu*kA OF ALL TIME.....PERIOD....
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MOney may is dat ni99a.... but he cant fu*k with bruce lee.
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damn lighting those matches with nun chucks while hes spinning n sh*t crazy
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 Gman8677 said:
he was primarily an actor. he would get sparked out by mayweather quick style if he was alive today
lol did he actually say that? i almost feel like i'm bein set up for an episode of punk'd or somethin



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