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Bruce Lee

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The Legacy of Bruce Lee By Matthew Yang His Name was Ju Fan Lee. Ju Fan meaning "Forever in San Francisco." The World would soon know him by another name.... However, he was not always in the spotlight..... Bruce Lee was born November 27, 1940 which was the year of the Dragon. Lee was known as the "Little Dragon" and he was always caught up in street gangs and fights. His gang was known as "The Tigers of Junction Street." At age 13, Bruce made a decision that would change his life forever. Bruce Lee was trained under the guidance of Yip Man , who taught Bruce the martial art "Wing Chun." This martial art utilized short, fast strikes to the center line, making it an effective self defense art. Along with his talent in the martial arts, he was a cha-cha champion, a inter-school boxing champ, a poet, and an actor. At age 18, Bruce left China to go back to San Francisco. After two months, he moved to Seattle to continue his college education. He enrolled in the University of Washington, majoring in drama. It was there that Bruce met his wife, Linda Emery. Lee began teaching Kung fu in Seattle. His school is known today as "Ju Fan Gung Fu" and he taught his own approach to Wing Chun. He modified some techniques and added more to make it more unique. But The Green Hornet was not that successful. It only lasted for only one season. It was however, memorable for kids at the time because in the 1960's, the West did not know what the Eastern martial arts was. Lee's spectacular kicks made every child want to learn his unique skill. Bruce Lee was a role model for a lot of people in both USA and Asia. Surprisingly, he was an inspiration to the Wu-Tang clan and many other hip-hop artists. He was such a hit for the African American community because his movies reflect the social struggles that they encountered at the time. Bruce jump-started acting careers for famous Chinese actors like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. Bruce also jump-started the career of a man who's name is a house-hold name to this day. Yes, it's the one and only, Chuck Norris. Bruce helped him by having Chuck pose as the main antagonist in the movie "Return of the Dragon." Sadly, Bruce died at a young age of 32 on July 20th, 1972. His death was because of an allergic reaction to a painkiller, which caused cerebral edema (severe swelling of the brain). There is a lot of conspiracy behind his death. Many people speculated that he was poisoned or assassinated because he was too young. His son would face a similar fate. Brandon Lee died on set for a movie called "The Crow." Brandon's death was caused by a gun having live ammunition instead of blanks. Both Bruce and Brandon died before making their movie that was going to make them famous. Bruce was making "The Game of Death" and Brandon was making "The Crow." Both Bruce and Brandon's graves are in Seattle, Washington. His legacy still lives to this day in the martial art system that he created. "Jeet Kune Do" meaning "way of the intercepting fist." He has inspired many people from martial artists, hip hop artists, writers, and actors. Thanks for Listening! Bruce Lee left the West unsuccessful in The Green Hornet. However, little did he know that the show was a great success in the East.This was his start to the martial arts film industry. He went on to star in movies. Some of his greatest movies were Big Boss, The Chinese Connection, Return of the Dragon, Fists of Fury, and Enter the Dragon. Bruce Lee!!! Lee's start to his movie career began when he was invited for a role in the show "The Green Hornet." His character was named "Kato", who was the Green Hornet's sidekick.....literally.
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