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Bruce Lee is arguably the most influential martial artist in history because he essentially introduced Chinese martial arts to the world. Within a short span of time, he inspired millions to practice martial arts.

“Little Dragon” Bruce Lee (aka Cantonese, Lee Jun-fan; Mandarin, Lee Xiao-lung) was born in San Francisco during the Chinese Year of the Dragon (November 27, 1940). When he was a child actor in Hong Kong, he would run around the set with a praying mantis on his shoulder, thus his interest in the praying mantis fist form of kung fu. After practicing choy lay fut, Bruce Lee began studying wing chun under Ip Man in 1954. (The film Ip Man 2 says 1956).

To avoid gang fights in Hong Kong and get his U.S. citizenship, Bruce Lee moved back to the United States in 1959 and began teaching wing chun at his newly opened Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Recognizing the weaknesses of traditional kung fu training, Bruce Lee created his own martial way, jeet kune do (way of the intercepting fist). He believed one’s movements and mind should flow like water, which is why his school motto was “using no way as way; having no limitation as limitation.”

  1. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Ambush From the Rear

    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Ambush From the Rear

    “One must be ready to act without knowing what situation will present itself.”
    —Bruce Lee

    In the following technique sequence from Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method, the “Little Dragon” shows you how to react to an ambush from behind.
    Bruce Lee’s Ambush From the Rear
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  2. Second-Generation Bruce Lee Student Lamar M. Davis II Shows You How to Use JKD Trapping as an Attack!

    Second-Generation Bruce Lee Student Lamar M. Davis II Shows You How to Use JKD Trapping as an Attack!

    Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do comprises many principles, one of which is economy of motion through efficiency, directness and simplicity. Second-generation Bruce Lee student Lamar M. Davis II, who studied under five of Lee’s original students (Joseph Cowles, Patrick Strong, Leo Fong, Jerry Poteet and Steve Golden), brings this concept
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  3. Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Hook-Kick Combo

    Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do Techniques: Hook-Kick Combo

    It’s time to continue our study of Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do techniques. Lee maintained that a martial artist must always train, be cautious and alert at all times. In addition to being alert, you must be just as fast when countering an ambush.

    Speed is an innate trait, but it
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  4. Jeet Kune Do Master Richard Bustillo Answers Your Questions

    Jeet Kune Do Master Richard Bustillo Answers Your Questions

    Have I ever shared with you my favorite part of working at Black Belt? It’s that I get to learn from the world’s best instructors. If I’ve got a question about developing situational awareness, all I have to do is pick up the phone and Kelly McCann will teach me
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  5. What Inspired You to Begin Your Martial Arts Training?

    What Inspired You to Begin Your Martial Arts Training?

    I love our Facebook community. On Monday, we asked them why they began their martial arts training, and their answers were so inspiring that I just had to share them with you.
    “I was picked on as a child and had a lot of anger issues. I joined karate when I
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  6. The Big Boss | Bruce Lee Movies List

    The Big Boss | Bruce Lee Movies List

    Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss literally saved my life. In the early 1970s, several weeks after my doctor said I would be dead in five years, my brothers took me to the Vestal Drive-In to see The Big Boss. I had already resigned myself to death and was just
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  7. What Do MMA, Pro Wrestling and Traditional Martial Arts Have in Common?

    What Do MMA, Pro Wrestling and Traditional Martial Arts Have in Common?

    I had never seen anyone quite like Ken Shamrock, who at 6 feet 1 inch tall and 217 pounds handily dropped opponent after opponent in World Wrestling Entertainment (then World Wrestling Federation) matches. An Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Ken Shamrock brought a unique style to the pro-wrestling milieu in 1997,
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  8. The Game of Death | Bruce Lee Movies List

    The Game of Death | Bruce Lee Movies List

    The Game of Death is the fourth film in our Bruce Lee Movies List. The following review originally appeared in The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s.—Editor

    In 1972 and 1973, Bruce Lee wrote and shot 40 minutes (some say 90 minutes) of what would eventually The Game
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  9. Way of the Dragon | Bruce Lee Movies List

    Way of the Dragon | Bruce Lee Movies List

    Way of the Dragon is the second film in our Bruce Lee Movies List. The following review originally appeared in The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s.—Editor

    In Way of the Dragon, which is set in Italy, Bruce Lee plays Tang Lung, a country bumpkin from Hong Kong
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  10. Fist of Fury | Bruce Lee Movies List

    Fist of Fury | Bruce Lee Movies List

    This review for Fist of Fury, the first film on our Bruce Lee Movies List, originally appeared in The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s. You’ll find the rest of our Bruce Lee Movies List toward the bottom of this post. Enjoy.—Editor

    Over the years, I have had
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