20 Facts to Prove That Bruce Lee is an Epic Figure
This post is about Bruce Lee – the one who brought Kung Fu to Hollywood, a movie star, martial artist, instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do, simply the brilliant person whose talents are immortalized by his fans.
1. Bruce Lee had trained his moves to be so fast that he could actually catch grains of rice in mid-air by only using chopsticks.
He was so fast, that they actually had to slow a movie down so spectators could see his moves.
2. Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.
He never stopped experimenting with his training to improve the results and reach the maximum abilities of his body.
3. Bruce Lee’s actual corpse had a starring role in the movie “Game of Death” with clips taken from his funeral.
A computer generated version of Bruce Lee was later starring in “Dragon Warrior”.
4. Bruce Lee kicked a man so hard that it broke a bystander’s arm when the man fell into him.
It so happened that Lee cut his hand against the bottles due to the mistake made by Bob Wall, so he hit him with another, real kick in the next scene. In fact Wall expected that one to come but he could not know it would be so hard.
5. In 1962, Bruce Lee landed 15 punches and a kick that knocked out his opponent in a fight which lasted 11 seconds.
The fans of Lee are still trying to master his brillion one-inch punch.
6. Lee could perform one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger. Lee performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.
Many of your contemporaries are trying to master the fingertip push-ups technique of Lee.
7. Bruce Lee was the 1958 Hong Kong Cha-Cha champion.
The legendary Bruce was only 18 then.
8. Bruce Lee escaped a deadly spinal injury.
The fourth sacral nerve in the spine of Lee was damaged. It would mean the end of a carrier for any sportsman. But Lee was learning to walk again to prove the doctors they were wrong about their verdict. He developed his own curing philosophy and left the hospital to become even stronger and faster than he used to be.
9. He once (accidentaly) beat up Jackie Chan.
Jackie was kicked rather hard but laughed the incident off and simply enjoyed the opportunity to meet and hug the one he honored so much.
10. Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened cans of Coca-Cola.
Those cans were made from thicker steel than used these days.
11. Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
Bruce Lee used to say “Boards do not hit back”, so he preferred to beat people.
12. Lee performed a sidekick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150 lb (68 kg) punching bag.
James Coburn was one of the stars Lee taught to fight.
13. Bruce Lee was tougher than Chuck Norris.
Chuck didn’t like to talk about it but once he admitted that his friend Bruce Lee could take him in a fight.
14. Bruce Lee was a fan of The Great Gama, the only undefeated wrestler in the world.
Great Gama’s career lasted for 50 years.
15. A statue of Bruce Lee was placed in Mostar, Bosnia because he was something that all ethnicities liked and could agree on.
Later the statue was destroyed by vandals.
16. Bruce Lee was a big Muhammad Ali fan and used to watch his fights on film obsessively.
Lee was studying the moves of Ali exhaustively, watching him in a fight again and again.
17. Bruce Lee died from an allergic reaction to a pain killer.
He passed away at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to Equagesic.
18. Bruce Lee’s speed in terms of reacting + punching from a distance of three feet away was found to be around five hundredths of a second (0.05 second).
There is a fight scene where he destroys 50 opponents.
19. Bruce Lee was part German (his mother is half German).
Grace Ho was a half-German catholic (her mother was German).
20. Yip Man who taught Bruce Lee opened his own martial arts school so that he could afford opium.
Bruce Lee promised his teacher to keep kung fu only for Chinese and never show the technique to foreigners, but didn’t keep his word.