Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, his original name was Li Zhengfan, who was born in San Francisco in 1940. His Ancestral home was the Jun An town of Shun De city in Guang Dong province. He was the worldwide revolutionary pioneer of material arts, the boxing king , the philosopher of Kung fu, the initial creator of UFC, the father of MMA, the master of Kung fu, the initial creator of Kung fu movies, the founder of Jeet kune do, Chinese Kung fu actor, the first worldwide promoter of Chinese Kung fu, and the first Chinese actor in Holly Woods. His four films in Hong Kong broke many records for three times. Among the films, the fury of the dragon broke the Asian boxing records. Another film Enter The Dragon worked with the Holly Woods took $ 230 billion at the box office.

In 1962, Bruce Lee established the material arts museum of Zhengfan. In 1967, he created Jeet kune do by himself. On 20th July, 1973, he was died in Hong Kong, only 33 years old. In 1979, the date 6th August was identified as the anniversary of Bruce Lee by municipal government of San Francisco. In 1993, America released the commemorative coin in remember of the 20th anniversary of Bruce Lees death. TheCelebrity avenue in Holly Woods was decorated with stars of Bruce Lee. At the same year, he got the credit of The LifetimeAchievement Award at the Hong Kong Films Awards. In Oct, 1998, he was awarded as the superstar of Kung fu films by the Chinese Wu Shu Association. In 1999, the Times made a list of the heroes and idles in the twentieth century. Bruce Lee, together with the died princess Diana and the former president Kennedy were all on the list. In the election of outstanding figures in 20th century held by seven electronic media companies in Hong Kong, Bruce Lee was honorably on the top one. In 2000, America released a series of the 60th anniversary commemorative stamp.This was third superstar awarded for the honor, followed by Marilyn Monroe and 007. He was also the first Chinese. The American magazine Black Belt released the commemorative album of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Lee death--- Bruce Lee had a profound influence on American material arts. In Oct, 2008, the worldwide memorial museum was started in the Ancestral home Jun An town in Shun De city. It covered an area of about 37000 square meters.

Representative works  

The Big Boss

the fury of the dragon

Enter The Dragon

Jin Wumen

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The brief introduction of Bruce Lee   

Chinese name: Li Xiaolong(Li Zhengfan)

English name: Bruce Lee

Nationality: China, Han nationality

Constellation: Sagittarius

Blood type: O

Height :173cm

Weight :62kg

Born place: San Francisco

Born date:  27th Oct, 1940.

Death date: 20th July, 1973.

Profession: Kung fu master, actor, film maker, film writer, philosopher, philanthropist

The brokerage company: Yuan Jiahe

Representative works: The Big Boss, the fury of the dragon , Enter The Dragon ,Jin Wumen ,the Game of Death.

Achievements: create Jeet kune do,nunchakus method

              The best acting skill award of Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards

              The LifetimeAchievement Award at the Hong Kong Films Awards

              The legend Award of English Media Association

              One of the ten masters of material arts in Black Belt

Ancestral home: the Jun An town of Shun De city in Guang Dong province

Cemetery: Seattlrye lake view cemete in America

Wife : Linda.Murray

Children: Li Guohao, Li Xiangning

School: Wing Chun, Jeet Kune do

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The contents  

1. life experiences

Happy childhood

Set up material arts museum

Step towards globalization

2. private life

3. Main works

TV series

Films

Books

4. Main achievements

Jeet Kune do

Cun Quan

nunchakus 

Records of boxing

5. The records of awards

6. Figure anecdotes

Teachers and friends

7. Views on figure

8. Figure memory

Memorial service

Cemetery

Former residence

Memorial museum

Memorial activities

Memorial works

 

1. life experiences

In 1941, Bruce Lee who was only three months old played in a film named Jin Mennv. In 1946, he went to school. In 1948, Bruce Lee in the name of Li Xin played in a film called Wealth was clouds. When Bruce Lee was at an young age, his father wanted him to build a fit body, so he was required to learn Tai-Chi Quan at an age of 7 years old. In 1949, he studied in Xin De school in Hong kong, then was transferred into the NaSha academical school and the Sheng Fangji school. Bruce Lee was into playing Cha-Cha dance, during the course of his living in Hong Kong, he often learned Quan from Shao Hansheng(a famous master of Quan) by the means of teaching him dance in turn.

In 1945, he played the film Xi Luxiang as a male leading role, in which he played as an orphan

from a good man to a bad one, then from a bad one to a good guy. At last, audiences all thought highly of his performance.

On 12th April, 1951, Bruce Lee joined the premiere of the film The beginning of human. Then in 1954, he became the student of the master Ye Wen, learning Wing Chun Quan very hard. Besides, he also learned Tang Lang Quan, Hong Quan, Shao Lin Quan and Jie Quan, which laid a solid foundation for his Jeet keen do.

In 1957, he won the champion Charlie Owen who kept the victory record for three years on the row in Sheng Fangji School. On 29th ,March, 1958, he became the champion in the Cha-Cha dance contest when he was in Sheng Fangji senior high school. At the same year, he acted a role of A san in the film of A solitary guy in a sea of people.

Set up material arts museum

At evening ten o’clock, April 29th, 1959, Bruce Lee left his homeland for America. During the course of May, he often fought with other students and resulted in bad academic grades. Therefore, his parents sent him to his born place in America. From September 3th, 1959 to December 2th, 1960, he was tutored in Edison Technical School in Seattle. Actually, Bruce Lee lived a hard life in Seattle.

After going to the college, he devoted himself to learn Kung fu except his academic studies. He organized a “Chinese Kung fu team” at his college. They often trained and performed in front of teachers and students, thus obtaining the consistent high praise. Bruce Lee learned “Li San Jiao”, “Cun Quan” and “Gou Lou Shou” after his hard training. Bruce Lee was a generalist. He was not only good at all different kinds of Quan, but he was also well in using different sticks such as long stick, short stick, and shuang jie gun. At the same time, he studied Internal work (Qi Gong) and Yin Gong. In order to promote Chinese Kung fu, Bruce Lee rent a parking lot in the college to act as material arts museum when he was a sophomore student. Outside the parking lot, he raised a flag with a slogan of “ carry forward Chinese Kung fu”. In the meantime, he trained himself and taught others. Hard work ultimately paid back. He made a great progress in skills, especially the skills on legs.

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In his museum, he made an acquaintance with a medical girl named Linda who was also interested in learning Chinese Kung fu. The film A solitary guy in a sea of people broadcast in 1960 was his last Cantonese film before his studying abroad. Bruce Lee went to the Washington University in Seattle. And his major was drama, at the same time, he also studied courses such as philosophy and psychology. During his studying in the university, he won the Judo world champion Mu Cun Zheng Yan( a Japanese man). In 1961, he set up a dojo in his school to carry forward Chinese Kung fu. In March27th, he went to the university, subsequently he beat the karate world champion Shan Ben Gang Fu( a Japanese man).

In order to improve his boxing skills, Bruce Lee not only learned all different kinds of Chinese Quan Shu, but he also studied foreign Quan. At that time, he saved money to take part in the foreign training school and buy some video documentaries about the boxing world champion Louis. By watching these video documentaries, he grasped his gaits and other methods. Besides, he often took part in some boxing contests to obtain abundant practical experiences. On the basis of his hard work, he created his own Jeet kune do.

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In April, 1962, 21-year-old Bruce Lee taught Chinese Kung fu in Seattle. At the same time, he set up a material arts museum, then he beat the boxing champion of the black market Thornton nim. The material art museum he established exerted an increasingly influence on people. Bruce Lee took part in many contests in different areas such as Seattle, Orlando, and Los Angeles, ect. In the meantime, he also established many material arts museums in those places to teach students who were interested in Chinese Kung fu.

In 1963, he published a book A basic method of Chinese Quan, which was the only one book finished when he was alive. At that time, he met Linda, then in March 26th, he came back from America to see his parents and relatives. In August, he exempted from military services because of his unqualified body conditions. In October5th, his Kung fu performance was firstly designated as one of those performances on the opening day of the university. After 20 days, the relationship between Bruce Lee and Linda was determined.

In the Autumn of 1964, Bruce Lee closed the Material Arts Museum in Seattle, then he left Seattle for the Broadway on July 19th. He took part in the International Karate Tournament on August 2th. The next day, his material arts museum restarted again. On August 12th, Bruce Lee was married with Linda. On 17th, they held their wedding in the local church. After their marriage, both of them dropped out of school in order to run the material arts museum better. At that time, Bruce Lee  honorably became the champion of Karate.

In 1965, Bruce Lee accepted Huang Zeming’s challenge and won the competition, then he continuously taught foreigners to learn Chinese Kung fu. He beat Janice Berrer and became the world champion of Jiu-Jitsu at the same year. Later on, his son Li Guohao was born in Oakland, California on February 1th. Three days later, he joined the audition of the film named Chen Richard’s Eldest Son. On February 8th, his father was died from heart attack in Hong Kong. Then he hurriedly went back to his hometown and stayed there for about four months. Until September 21th, he formally signed the contract with the Hollywood film company. In September, they went back to Seattle to pay a visit to Linda’s parents and stayed there for four months.

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In the March of 1966, Bruce Lee headed for Los Angeles to play the film Green Hornet. Then on April 30th, he signed the formal assignment with film company and started to take a formal training about the film for about two months. On June 6th, the film started to be on and September 9th, it was firstly broadcast in America. At the end of October, it was turned to broadcast on the 23th floor of the Pakistan Building.

On January 27th, 1967, Bruce Lee played a role in the film Bat Man. On May 6th, he performed in the National Karate Contest. On June 24th, he took part in the Opening Competition of Karate in America and he also performed Chinese Kung fu. On July 9th, he created his style Jeet Kune Do. Five days later, he played in the film The Invincible Iron detective. On July 30th, he attended the International Karate Tournament.

In 1968, he beat the world champion of Tae Kwon Do---Li Junjiu. In July 5th, he acted as the action director of the film the Destruction of the Army. The next month, he played a role of a Asian killer in the film the Scandal Bounty. On November 12th, he played in lovely woman, and next he played in the Bride is Coming on 15th-22th of November.

In January 1969, he wrote a book named “ My firm goal in my life”. On April 19th, his daughter Li Xianglin was born in California. In the same year, he beat the king of the boxing Joe Fraziar. In 1970, Bruce Lee made full use of Jeet Kune Do beating all masters of those countries in the international boxing contest. Eventually, he won the world champion.

In April, 1970, he went back to Hong Kong to visit his relatives with his son. He received the interview of Happy Tonight. On 15th, he went back home and rested because of his injury on his waist. In the summer, he traveled in Thailand and accepted the challenge of Nai Fu( the champion of Thailand).Undoubtedly, he beat him in a short time. With the improvement and development of his material arts museums, many worldwide action movie stars came to learn from Bruce Lee. For instance, the famous superstar Steve in Hollywood was also his disciple. The world boxing king Ali once came to his home to communicate about practical experiences. Many different schools of material arts in America often to challenge or learn in his material arts museums, which gradually reached a good effect once expected by the means of “ meet and communicate via material arts”.

Stepping towards globalization

In January, 1971, Bruce Lee cooperated with others to conceive the film No Sound Flute, but they didn’t make it at last. During the period of 24th, June to 1th, July, he played in the film Blindness. On 12th, July, he played in the film Tang Shan Brothers in Thailand, Bruce Lee hit the rival’s stomach,head and face for three times on the row during only 18 seconds. On 3th, September, he finished the film and received the interview of the program Huan. On 11th, October, Bruce Lee took his wife and children back his hometown Hong Kong. In the meantime, he also joined to play in Jing Wu Men and accepted some interviews. On 3th, December, he took part in a charitable activity. On 8th, December, he joined the Chinese Film Festival and then received a specific TV interview by Pierre Burton.

In the summer of 1971, Bruce Lee was invited by Jia He film company in Hong Kong to play in two films which would paid for him 15,000 dollars. The first film was Tang Shan Brothers, actually at that time, the total calculated cost of this film was only 100,000 dollars. The film script was written and revised when the film was being produced. On that condition, the film ultimately achieved a big success and took 3000,000 Hong Kong dollars at box office, which has reached the highest record of box office since the beginning of film production in Hong Kong.

In 1972, Bruce Lee played the film sequel of Jing Wu Men for Jia He film company. This film increased to double costs in budget than Tang Shan Brothers. Undoubtedly, the film then evoked a greater response among people and ultimately broke the past highest box office in Asia. Bruce Lee’s heroic spirit and amazing fighting skills displaying in the film, especially “Li San Jiao”, “Di Tang Quan”, and nunchakus, received high praises from nearly all audiences. In 29th July, his whole family moved to their private villa named Xi He Xiao Zhu in No.41 Jinbalun street of Jiu Longtang. In the same year, Bruce Lee who was the initial creator of Jeet Kune Do was chose as one of celebrities of an international authoritative magazine Black Belt, indicating that Jeet Kune Do created by Bruce Lee was recognized by international material arts. Subsequently, Bruce Lee played the films The Way of The Dragon, The Game of Death. Both of them were popular worldwide. Then he acted as the leading actor in the film Enter the Dragon which was produced by Hollywood Warner Bros film company. Enter the Dragon at that moment was very popular with American people and took a surprising box office there, even outperformed many Hollywood blockbusters broadcast in movie theaters at the same time . Since then, it has evoked a booming wave among foreigners to learn Chinese Kung fu.Also, action movie hereafter came into people’s sight in Hollywood.

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In March 1973, in order to cooperate with Hollywood Warner Bros film company, Bruce Lee temporarily stopped the film The Game of Death and started to play Enter the Dragon. In June of the same year, he finished the film and continued to play the film The Game of Death in Hong Kong. When he came back and continued his unfinished film, Bruce Lee suddenly passed away in Hong Kong in July 20th, 1973. What a pity that he was only 33 years old at that time. In July 31th, Bruce Lee was buried at Seattle Lake View cemetery in Washington.DC. His son Li Guohao was also buried there. Bruce Lee’s death was still a myth up to now. Hollywood film company felt very pity losing such an outstanding action movie actor, so they adopted a variety of ways in honor of him.

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Personal life

When Bruce Lee was still alive, he had a very ambitious dream that he wanted to the first Chinese action movie superstar in America who had the highest rewards,Since the beginning of 1970, he started to get a worldwide good reputation, after the year of 1980, he would had 15 million dollars in total, at that time, he together with his family would live a happy life.

The wife of Bruce Lee was Linda, who was a Ireland girl and also from the Washington University. In 1963, she made acquaintance with Bruce Lee, and then her good friend Sue Ann Key introduced her to join the material arts museum set up by Bruce Lee. Since then, Linda became one of Chinese Kung fu Learners. Actually it was not easy for their combination. At the beginning, Bruce Lee had a girl friend from Japan named Amy. Their good appearance was received much attention in the University, unluckily, Bruce Lee broke up with Amy. Then Linda started to come up to Bruce Lee’ life. In 1963, they knew each other, next year, they got married in America. In 1965, Linda delivered a boy baby named Li guohao. In April,1969, their daughter Li Xiangling was born. On July20th, 1973, Bruce Lee was dead in a woman star’s family, doctor gave the reason for his sudden death was that he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. But up until now, his death was still a myth for most people actually.功夫1

 

In 1988, Linda—Bruce Lee’s wife was remarried to the writer Tom Brick who was a student as well as a good friend of Bruce Lee. In 1991, Linda remarried to a stockbroker Bruce Calder Will. His two children, a daughter and a son. The former continued his father Bruce Lee’ career, working in Hollywood. She mainly acted as a actress and a singer, later on she got married. In 1993, his son Li Guohao who was unfortunately shot by accident and died in the process of playing a film in north Carolina. He was shot on the abdomen by a misloaded prop gun when only 28 years old.

           

  

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