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,Â 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 AmericanÂ stereotypesÂ against Chinese people: meek houseÂ servants, railroad workers, and geeks.
Bruce was an exception to the rest. He was an martial arts instructor,Â actor,Â philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and owner of an entirely new martial arts movement.Â Originally, he trained inÂ Wing ChunÂ but later rejected it’s martial arts style. Instead, he favoredÂ utilizingÂ techniques from his martial arts philosophy and foundedÂ Jeet Kune DoÂ (The Way of the Intercepting Fist).
1973 was the year Bruce Lee died and his famousÂ motion pictureÂ Enter the DragonÂ was released. Since that time,Â 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.
InÂ theaters February 9th and February 15th onlyÂ – ‘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
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