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Bruce Lee Essay

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Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco on November 27 1940 at the Jackson Street Hospital under the birth name Lee Jun Fan. His father Lee Hoi Chuen, was a prestigious member of the Cantonese Opera Company. In 1941, the 1 year old baby returned with his parents to the family home in Kowloon, Hong Kong. By age 6, Bruce had already begun to develop the charisma and confidence that would later make him a star. He appeared in his first major childhood movie, "The Beginning of a Boy" in 1946. Later in the same year, Bruce performed in "The Birth of Mankind" and "My Son, Ah Cheun" and went on to make over 20 movies, before commencing his studies at "La Salle College" in 1952.
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With only $115 (one hundred and fifteen dollars) Bruce arrived in United States in 1959. Bruce enrolled for a degree in Philosophy at the University of Washington in America. It was at this time that he took on a waiter's job and also began to teach some of his skills to students who would pay. He met his American born, wife Linda at the University he was studying. Linda influenced Bruce to move his Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute to 4750 University Way near the university campus. He benefited greatly from a major influx of students who became interested in his teachings and principles of self-defense.
In 1964, Bruce met Jhoon Rhee, the man considered by many to be the “Father of Tae-Kwando in America”. Rhee subsequently invited Bruce to appear at tournaments in Washington and other locations throughout the United States to demonstrate his breath-taking skills. Due to his success with the school in Washington and his growing profile within the United States as a renowned master of the martial arts, Bruce opened a second Jun Fan Gung-Fu School in Oakland, and his good friend and student Taky Kimura took over the responsibility as head instructor. Bruce Lee’s mesmerizing performance on August 2 1964 at the International Karate Championships in Long Beach California caught the attention of Jay Sebring, hair-stylist for the popular “Batman” TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Sebring was so impressed with Bruce’s physical prowess and magnetic charisma, that he immediately put him in touch with "Batman" producer William Dozier, who invited Bruce to Los Angeles to take part in a screen-test for his forthcoming TV series "The Green Hornet".
In 1966, Lee starred as the character “Kato” in the Green Hornet for 26 episodes with a $400 pay per episode. Around this time, Bruce Lee had developed his fighting technique of “Jeet Kune Do” or “way of the intercepting fist”. Lee incorporated diverse arts as Wing Chun, Thai Boxing, Judo, Japanese Karate, and Western Boxing into his own style. Bruce’s key principle for his new system is a ‘style without style’, an ideology and physical training regime which conditions the mind and body to respond instinctively to any given attack , without reliance on set patterns or movements.

After the abrupt end of the “The Green Hornet” series in 1969. Bruce Lee became increasing frustrated over his inability to get major roles in Hollywood movies. Bitterly disappointed with Hollywood, Lee travelled to Hong Kong with his young son Brandon in 1970. Unknown to him, the Hong Kong audience were already aware of his acting and martial skills. Lee eventually signed a contract with Golden Harvest production owned by Raymond Chow. Bruce starred in the low budget film “The Big Boss” shot in Thailand. Surprisingly, the movie raked in over $3.5m in the first three weeks of release. The Big Boss was more successful than “The Sound of Music” at the box office....

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