Bruce Lee
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Bruce Lee (1940-1973), birth name Lee Junfan, was born into an artist’s family in San Francisco of California on November 27, 1940. His howntown is in Shunde City of Guangdong. He is widely considered as the father of mixed martial arts and modern Chinese Kung fu movie. He was a Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. He is noted for his roles in Kung fu movies: The Big Boss in 1971, Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon in 1972, Enter the Dragon and The Game of Death in 1973. After his untimely death in 1973, Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. Now, Lee’s movie has become a window for foreigners to know China and Chinese Kung fu.

Early life

Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen and his mother, Grace Ho, was half-Chinese and half-Caucasian. He initially trained in Tai Chi with his father, who has been practicing Tai Chi privately for ten years. However, as Bruce felt Tai Chi is too weak to fight, he changed to study Wing Chun from Master Yip Man, who waved largest influence on Lee's martial arts development. Lee began training in Wing Chun at the age of 13, after losing a fight with rival gang members. Yip's regular classes generally consisted of the forms practice, sticking hands, wooden dummy techniques, and free-sparring.

In the spring of 1959, Lee got into another street fight and the police were called. Until his late teens, Lee's street fights became more frequent and included beating the son of a feared triad family. Eventually, Lee's father decided for him to leave Hong Kong to pursue a safer and healthier growing environment in the United States. In April 1959, Lee's parents send him to the United States to stay with his older sister, Agnes Lee, who was already living in San Francisco.

Bruce Lee(Right) and Yip Man(Left) practicing Wing Chun

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