Bruce Lee's martial journey from Wing Chun Gung Fu to his own art of Jeet Kune Do.
In 1958, Bruce found himself in a High School boxing tournament. He won. This was a significant feather in Bruce's cap as a Wing Chun student, because he could only use his punches. These early experiences in both fencing and boxing fueled Bruce's curiosity and helped shaped his abilities to evaluate and adapt the most effective methods from other arts, to his own. Bruce is not in this photo, taken at that same tournament, but one can only imagine.
Having recently arrived in Seattle via San Francisco, Bruce Lee quickly establishes himself as a unique martial artist with a modern view. Here he is pictured with a group of his Seattle students.
Listen to author Charles Russo, and Shannon Lee, discuss martial arts in San Francisco's Chinatown, Oakland and the impact Bruce's presence had on these area. The footage is of Bruce's demonstration at Ed Parker's 1967 Long Beach International Karate Championship.
Linda Lee Cadwell and others discuss the pivotal moment in Bruce's life when he realized the classical arts were not working for him, and he needed to push his own personal evolution. Footage: "I Am Bruce Lee" documentary. Viewers outside the USA click to the next panel to watch this exhibit video.
Linda Lee Cadwell and others discuss the pivotal moment in Bruce's life when he realized the classical arts were not working for him, and he needed to push his own personal evolution. Footage: "I Am Bruce Lee" documentary. Viewers within the USA click to the next panel to continue the exhibit.
All three stages combined to become the total of all their parts; total personal liberation. The Chinese characters around the complete symbol mean "Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation".
Bruce had this miniature tombstone made specifically as a physical reminder to let go of anything that kept him rigid or limited his growth. These physical manifestations were crucial in the development of Jeet Kune Do, and Bruce's own journey of self actualization.
"A process of continuing growth." Bruce speaking on the Pierre Berton show in 1971, about martial arts.
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Reference Material: "Bruce Lee: Evolution of a Martial Artist" by Tommy Gong.
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