An introduction to Bruce Lee's life, 1940 - 1973.
Lee Jun-Fan was born in the hour & year of the dragon, an omen for his spectacular life to come, on November 27th, 1940. His English name, Bruce, was suggested to his parents by an attending nurse.
Bruce's handwritten Cha Cha "Fancy" steps.
Note the references to family members on the right page, who he practiced his moves with.
"Mother" and "Father", brothers "Robert" and "Peter" and sister "Agnis". Bruce's other sister, Phoebe, is not listed.
Whilst in Seattle, Bruce received his high school diploma from Edison Technical School (now Seattle Central College). He went on to study philosophy at the University of Washington.
At 22, Bruce penned a letter to friend "Pearl". He goes into detail about his goals & the creative energy he felt within himself. Click & drag on the letter to read this 4 page draft letter excerpt.
"I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me..."
Frame 2 - Bruce and Taky demonstrating in front of the class. Notice Bruce's blurred right leg.
Frame 3 - Before Taky has time to blink, Bruce's right leg has now stopped dead. This is an early example of just how fast Bruce was.
1964 - Bruce debuts his now famous one-inch punch, during an exhibition at the International Karate Championships in Long Beach, CA and is discovered by Hollywood. He returned in 1967 (pictured).
Bruce and Linda's son, Brandon Bruce Lee, is born on February 1st, 1965. Brandon went on to carve out a promising film career of his own, until his passing in 1993.
The "Stages of Cultivation" plaques. Bruce had these plaques made specifically to demonstrate his three stages of total self cultivation. Partiality, Fluidity and Emptiness.
Bruce used his daytimers to keep track of his appointments, workouts, poetry and many other activities. In this particular entry, he welcomes his daughter Shannon Emery Lee to the world.
In 1969, Bruce suffered an injury to his back & was told he would never practice martial arts again. Bruce believed he could construct his own recovery & the "Walk On!" phrase was born. Code: BruceExhibit
An example of Bruce's screen notes & vision for "Game of Death". Filming was interrupted so Bruce could film & star in the Hollywood co-production of “Enter The Dragon”. Double click to zoom in.
Bruce fought hard to have his philosophy included in the final script of "Enter The Dragon". Initially, his requests were ignored, however in the end, he was successful. These example scenes are known as "Lao's Time". Courtesy of Warner Bros.
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Reference Material: "Bruce Lee: Evolution of a Martial Artist" by Tommy Gong.
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