Who comes to mind if I ask you to name the most iconic human being to ever enter the public consciousness of martial arts? Hands down, Bruce Lee. It humbles me to know that Bruce was born in the Bay Area, one of the most extremely diverse places on the planet! He was raised in Hong Kong, but emigrated back to the United States as a short and skinny 18-year-old kid who declared himself to be within the realms of American legends John Wayne and James Dean. He is the kick butt redeemer for all the American stereotypes against Chinese people: meek house servants, railroad workers, and geeks.

 

Bruce was an exception to the rest. He was an martial arts instructor, actor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and owner of an entirely new martial arts movement. Originally, he trained in Wing Chun but later rejected it’s martial arts style. Instead, he favored utilizing techniques from his martial arts philosophy and founded Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).

 

1973 was the year Bruce Lee died and his famous motion picture Enter the Dragon was released. Since that time, movies have been the single most influential factor behind the growing popularity of martial arts. Martial arts flourished worldwide and a global industry of schools were spawned from Bruce Lee’s success. The Bruce Lee era is often cited in context with Lee’s height in popularity from 1972-1975, yet his legacy and name lives on forever.

 

In theaters February 9th and February 15th only – ‘I Am Bruce Lee’ tells the amazing story one of the most important people of the 20th century in Time Magazine’s Time 100, as well as one of the Greatest Pop Culture Icons by People Magazine: BRUCE LEE

 

More details here: http://iambruceleemovie.com/

 

 

 

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