History Creator / BruceLee

3rd Feb '16 4:27:51 PM lorgskyegon
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bruce Lee felt this way about those trained in Western martial arts: catch wrestling and boxing. He was known to have said several times that someone with one year training in both would be able to defeat any Eastern martial artist. This was one of the things that led him to develop Jeet Kune Do and was a prediction of mixed martial arts.
24th Jan '16 1:34:06 AM tsstevens
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* MixedMartialArts: With his formation of Jeet Kwoon Do Lee is credited as the father of the sport.
5th Dec '15 2:52:04 PM Triglavjim
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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of the Dragon, appropriately), Lee's time growing up was split between Hong Kong and America (specifically Los Angeles and UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}). This gave him a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
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Born in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco on the 27th of November 1940 (in a Year of and at the hour of the Dragon, appropriately), Lee's time growing up was split between Hong Kong and America (specifically Los Angeles and UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}). This gave him a strong command of English that helped him break away from the "halted Asian accent" stereotype. His first real break came when he was cast as Kato in ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' TV series as a HypercompetentSidekick. Kato became a BreakoutCharacter; in Asia, the show was [[MarketBasedTitle renamed]] ''The Kato Show''. He proceeded to gain a strong fanbase for Asian MartialArtsMovie films until he was made an international star with the (internationally-produced) ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.

Lee was said to be a DanceBattler, since he was both a badass WarriorPoet ''and'' an award-winning chachacha dancer. He was always ready to take a challenge from martial artists, too -- but the time one of them scared his kids, Brandon and Shannon, [[PapaWolf Lee]] [[CurbStompBattle had no mercy on him]]. Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973 from a brain aneurysm caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
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Lee was said to be a DanceBattler, since he was both a badass WarriorPoet ''and'' an award-winning chachacha dancer. He was always ready to take a challenge from martial artists, too -- but the time one of them scared his kids, Brandon and Shannon, [[PapaWolf Lee]] [[CurbStompBattle had no mercy on him]]. cha-cha-cha dancer. Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973 1973, reportedly from a brain aneurysm cerebral oedema caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
5th Dec '15 2:31:19 PM Triglavjim
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first "big" film, ''The Big Boss'', is very different from his other films. It's a little more cartoonish (cut-out wall punch), cheesey (the big bad's demise), and very bloody. Lee's character also has a lot more trouble against his final opponent than usual.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first "big" film, ''The Big Boss'', is very different from his other films. It's a little more cartoonish (cut-out wall punch), cheesey (the big bad's demise), and very bloody. Lee's character also has a lot more trouble against his final opponent than usual.bloody in an over-the-top way.
5th Dec '15 2:29:30 PM Triglavjim
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** While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, Lee took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life and death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.
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** While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, Lee took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life and or death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.
5th Dec '15 2:28:12 PM Triglavjim
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** He was also extremely fast, able to take a coin out of your hand and replace it with another one before you could close your hand. An even more prominent example is the fact that he had to slow down during the filming of ''The Green Hornet'' simply because he was too fast for the camera to capture properly. Even then he was ''only a blur!''
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** He was also extremely fast, able to take a coin out of your hand and replace it with another one before you could close your hand. An even more prominent example is the fact that he had to slow down during the filming of ''The Green Hornet'' simply because he was too fast for the camera cameras of the day to capture properly. Even then his movements clearly and thus he was ''only a blur!''had to be filmed at 32 frames per second rather than the standard 24.

** While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, when asked what he would do if attacked randomly on the street, Lee said he'd first bite the assailant. He took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency".
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** While all those flashy moves he uses in films are a big part of his reputation, when asked what he would do if attacked randomly on the street, Lee said he'd first bite the assailant. He took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were often too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system with an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency". This meant doing whatever you needed to in a situation of life and death, be it biting or eye-gouging etc.

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first "big" film, ''The Big Boss'', is very different from his other films. It's a little more cartoony (cut-out wall punch), cheesey (the big bad's demise), and very bloody. Lee's character also has a lot more trouble against his final opponent, rather than curbstomping the second half, than those that would follow. * FightingWithChucks: He made the nunchaku famous with sequences such as the big fight in Han's basement from ''Enter the Dragon''. He also fought with a single [[ChuckNorris Chuck]] in ''Way of the Dragon''.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His first "big" film, ''The Big Boss'', is very different from his other films. It's a little more cartoony cartoonish (cut-out wall punch), cheesey (the big bad's demise), and very bloody. Lee's character also has a lot more trouble against his final opponent, rather opponent than curbstomping the second half, than those that would follow. usual. * FightingWithChucks: He made the nunchaku famous with sequences such as the big fight in Han's basement from ''Enter the Dragon''. He also fought with both double nunchaukus and a single [[ChuckNorris Chuck]] in ''Way of the Dragon''.

* InsufferableGenius: In the original cut of ''Game of Death'', Lee fights through the world masters of all martial arts, kills them, and finally fights the only foe who can match him: someone else who practices Jeet Kune Do.

* PapaWolf: When a challenger TooDumbToLive tried to confront Lee by invading his home and scaring his kids, an enraged Lee reacted as you would expect the greatest modern martial artist would: by hospitalizing the fool with ''[[CurbStompBattle one kick]]''.

* ShirtlessScene: Every single one of his movies has at least one. You can count on him kicking a lot more ass if his top is torn or removed.
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* ShirtlessScene: Every single one of his completed movies has at least one. You can count on him kicking a lot more ass if his top is torn or removed.
28th Nov '15 4:27:43 PM Triglavjim
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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973 from a brain aneurysm caused by a reaction of painkillers and brain-swelling medication. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
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Lee died tragically young (32 years old) on the 20th of July 1973 from a brain aneurysm caused by a an allergic reaction of painkillers and brain-swelling medication.to an ingredient in an equagesic painkiller. His sudden death combined with his young age sparked urban legends about the "true" cause of his death -- these range from suicide to his being a target of the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. Much like Elvis Presley, there are those who believe he [[ElvisLives faked his own death]]. His death devastated the Hong Kong film industry to the point where producers began casting numerous {{Bruce Lee Clone}}s in their movies; they hoped that audiences starved for more Bruce Lee would simply accept the poor imitations. [[EpicFail While, by and large, it didn't work]], there are a few renowned martial arts stars who managed to get their first break during this period (notably Creator/JetLi and Creator/JackieChan, the latter of which had a brief appearance in ''Enter the Dragon'').
28th Nov '15 4:23:08 PM Triglavjim
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He actually studied drama and I'm not certain he chose to complete his studies.
Lee was, and still is, a revered figure in the world of martial arts. He espoused a CombatPragmatist fighting style and created his own approach, Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist), in order to create more practical martial arts. This style and the philosophy behind it (the most well-known tenet being "Absorb what is useful") has led some to call him the founding father of UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts, though the sentiment is hardly unanimous. The popularity of ''[[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]]'' ("nunchuks") is directly tied to his use of them in several films, including ''Enter the Dragon''. And his skill as a martial artist doesn't mean he was a slouch in intellectual matters: Lee graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology and he also studied philosophy extensively. Lee used the knowledge gleamed from those philosophical studies to write a book about the philosophy behind his martial art. In short, this Asian man embodied the Greek ideal of having a sound mind in a sound body.
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Lee was, and still is, a revered figure in the world of martial arts. He espoused a CombatPragmatist fighting style and created his own approach, Jeet Kune Do (Way of the Intercepting Fist), in order to create more practical martial arts. This style and the philosophy behind it (the most well-known tenet being "Absorb what is useful") has led some to call him the founding father of UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts, though the sentiment is hardly unanimous. The popularity of ''[[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]]'' ("nunchuks") is directly tied to his use of them in several films, including ''Enter the Dragon''. And his skill as a martial artist doesn't mean he was a slouch in intellectual matters: Lee graduated from studied drama at the University of Washington with a degree in psychology and he also studied philosophy extensively. Lee He used the knowledge gleamed from those philosophical studies to write a book about the philosophy behind his martial art. In short, this Asian man embodied the Greek ideal of having a sound mind in a sound body.

** Lee made this a signature of his fight scenes by using his own fighting philosophy, Jeet Kun Do, as the basis for them.
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** Lee made this a signature of his fight scenes by using his own fighting philosophy, Jeet Kun Kune Do, as the basis for them.
26th Nov '15 8:28:09 PM ANTMuddle
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* MartialPacifist: Especially a PapaWolf one.

* PapaWolf: When an challenger TooDumbToLive tried to confront Lee by invading his home and scaring his kids, an enraged Lee reacted as you would expect the greatest modern martial artist would: by hospitalizing the fool with ''[[CurbStompBattle one kick]]''.
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* PapaWolf: When an a challenger TooDumbToLive tried to confront Lee by invading his home and scaring his kids, an enraged Lee reacted as you would expect the greatest modern martial artist would: by hospitalizing the fool with ''[[CurbStompBattle one kick]]''.
24th Nov '15 4:55:22 PM kchishol
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* PapaWolf: When an challenger TooDumbToLive tried to confront Lee by invading his home and scaring his kids, a enraged Lee reacted as you would expect the greatest modern martial artist would: by hospitilizing the fool with ''[[CurbStompBattle one kick]]''.
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* PapaWolf: When an challenger TooDumbToLive tried to confront Lee by invading his home and scaring his kids, a an enraged Lee reacted as you would expect the greatest modern martial artist would: by hospitilizing hospitalizing the fool with ''[[CurbStompBattle one kick]]''.
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