Bruce Lee and his martial arts physologhy
I never said I was the best in all the land,but I will never admit I was the second.
By Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.
Bruce Lee was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.Also,he was voted as the Greatest Movie Fighter Ever in 2014 by the Houston Boxing Hall Of Fame. After 42 years of his death, he has still been considered as a legend regardless of his short and gorgerous life.
He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei's The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest's Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers' Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse.Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese Kungfu and nationalism in his films.
"The Big Boss", a film about the struggle of the Chinese community in Bangkok. If "The Big Boss" served to showcase Bruce Lee's marital arts skills, his next film "The Fist of Fury" helped create a sense of patriotism. The most impressive scene was when Bruce said that Chinese people are not the sick men of Asia. Fist Of Fury - Bruce Lee’s best movie in my opinion so it deserves mention here. If you haven’t seen this or don’t own it yet, you are doing yourself a disservice. The man who brought HK Kung fu films to popularity in the West, shines here on his own. It is an absolute classic.
"Enter the Dragon", Bruce Lee's first and last Hollywood film was their first glimpse of an Asian hero,starting a craze for a new form of martial arts known as Kungfu. This film elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world. Even today, he is endlessly referenced in various movies via his iconic yellow tracksuit or characteristic yells.
Bruce Lee's use of real marital arts combined with speed and a director's careful eye was truly groundbreaking. He believed in having authentic martial arts, being an authentic martial artist. More than that, he brought modern elements to Hong Kong action movies instead of the traditional fighting styles. People have never seen a fighting like that.
The Westerns has high acceptability to Bruce Lee.Unlike previous Kung Fu movies in which the martial arts parts are designed to serve the film, Lee's film always serve his martial arts skill. In The Chinese Connection, the good Chinese people have to avenge their master by beating up bad Japanese and Russians. In Way of the Dragon, protagonist Tang Lung goes to Rome from Hong Kong, doesn't know a single English word, but beats a bunch of Americans, Italians and Japanese to death. The flat stories successfully set off Lee's stylish kungfu, which is visually astonishing while extremely practical. Chinese Kung Fu was admired worldwide during that period.
Not to mention Lee's martial arts style, the relaxed status of him is very tai chi like, and gives him a long-lasting unique quality. The essence of tai chi is really not the slowness or tenderness, but the quality of "touch-and-go", being loose while combustible. In an interview Bruce Lee said one should empty the mind and act like water, formless, shapeless. "You put water into a cup it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle, you put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash, be water my friend..." This is Lee's tai chi concept. He emphasised what he called "the style of no style".
Lee has shown us a possibility of enriching Chinese Kung Fu movie as a genre; Way of the Dragon is a good example of him started to abandon the narrow-minded themes such as personal revenge or xenophobia, and began to convey the philosophy of martial arts.
Bruce Lee died at the age of 32 and only starred in five Kung Fu films.However，there is no denying that he brought martial arts movies to the west and redefined the image of Asian men,while made the mysterious Chinese kungfu be better known.