18 Things You Didn't Know About Bruce Lee
Make no mistake—Bruce Lee is the greatest martial artist of all-time.
Born in San Francisco, Lee soon moved to Hong Kong with his parents and studied Wing Chun with one of the most legendary grandmasters (see No. 5) to ever live. But he didn't stop with Wing Chun; he evolved his passion for martial arts into other disciplines, becoming the "father of mixed-martial arts," as UFC President Dana White put it. He sharpened his body and mind on everything; he trained, read, and worked out constantly, honing his craft for audiences around the world to see.
You may have seen his movies, but how much do you really know about the greatest martial artist to ever grace the earth?
1. Young Bruce Lee came back to America because there was a hit out on his life.Lee destroyed an opponent with ties to organized crime in a bout. This was a problem, so his parents sent him back to the States. He also only had $100 in his pocket. That's $800 in today's dollars, but still.
2. His students included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Steve McQueen.Remember Kareem and Bruce fought each other?
3. McQueen even was one of his pallbearers.James Coburn, Chuck Norris, and the second James Bond himself, George Lazenby, helped hold up the other end.
4. His parents decided he should learn martial arts after he became caught up in street fights.If you’re going to fight, you might as well win.
5. At 16, Lee began training under Yip Man, one of the most legendary kung fu grandmasters of all time.Watch his movie on Netflix. It’s awesome.
6. Early in his instruction, other kids wouldn’t train with him when they learned he wasn’t 100 percent descended from Chinese ancestry.He still received personal training from Yip Man and another acclaimed masters since they could tell he was worth the investment.
7. He could take a coin out of your hand as you closed it.And put a different one in.