Project by mickymanu786


             BRUCE LEE

By   Maleek Sahonta


Introduction                             pgs 3

How Bruce Lee grew up                    pgs 4

Bruce Lee’s Philosophy                   pgs5

Bruce Lee as a Teacher of Martial Arts   pgs 6

Personal Life of Bruce Lee               pgs7

Bruce Lee as an Actor                    pgs8

Bruce Lee’s Death                        pgs9

People Bruce has Inspired                pgs10


I have chosen Bruce Lee for my project because I am interested in
martial arts and his life. I am amazed that he beat the big boss. I am
going to do some research on the computer and I bought some books
from the library. I also watched a documentary about his life.

First I am going to discuss how Bruce Lee grew up as a child and a
teenager. Following that I’m going to discuss his philosophy and how
he taught martial arts to the Americans. Bruce lee was also a film
actor; the film producer he worked for was Raymond Chow.

For my project my aim is to discuss how Bruce lee helped people in his

How Bruce Lee grew up

Bruce Jun fan Lee was born on the 27 November 1940. Bruce Jun
Fan Lee was an American born Chinese and Chinese martial arts
actor and widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists
of the 20th century.

Bruce lee grew up very skinny and started as an actor at the age of six
with his father who was an actor also. As a youngster Bruce Lee liked
to fight. Bruce Lee got into a lot of fights his parents became worried
and sent him to martial arts classes at the age of fourteen. The name
of the karate school was “Wing Cheung Kung Fu”.

In 1959 at the age of eighteen Bruce got into a fight with a triad
bosses son and his parents got scared and sent him to San Francisco
in America to stay with some old friends. He moved to Seattle and
found work in a restaurant belonging to his dad’s friend Ruby Chow.

Bruce Lee completed his high school education in Seattle and
received his diploma from Edison Technical School. He enrolled at
the University of Washington and studied philosophy.

Bruce Lee’s Philosophy

Bruce Lee is best known as a martial artist and actor. Bruce lee
studied philosophy. He wrote some books on martial arts and fighting
Here are some of Bruce lee’s quotes using his philosophy taken from
the internet:

     "If I tell you I'm good, you would probably think I'm boasting. If
      I tell you I'm no good, you know I'm lying."
     "Be formless... shapeless like water. If you put water into a cup,
      it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle; it becomes the
      bottle. You put it into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Water can
      flow, and it can crash. Be like water, my friend..."
     "Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can
      find it."
     "The more relaxed the muscles are, the more energy can flow
      through the body. Using muscular tensions to try to 'do' the
      punch or attempting to use brute force to knock someone over
      will only work to opposite effect."
     "Mere technical knowledge is only the beginning of Kung Fu. To
      master it, one must enter into the spirit of it."
     "There are lots of guys around the world that are lazy. They have
      big fat guts. They talk about chi power and things they can do,
      but don't believe it."

His famous speech was “be shapeless be formless, be like water, you
can hold water in a cup but you can’t hold water in your hands”

Bruce Lee as a Teacher of Martial Arts

In 1963 Bruce opened Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. He worked hard
to build his martial arts schools. He was the first to teach this art to
non-Asians. This angered many from the Chinese background. They
were angry because he was teaching sacred knowledge from the
martial arts tradition. This caused arguments between Bruce and
other martial arts fighters. Bruce beat the master of this group who
was called the Big Boss. But Bruce was really upset because he felt
the fight took too long because he knew the fight should have ended in
seconds not minutes to win. This is why he began to develop martial
arts philosophy.

Bruce also thought by becoming a teacher of martial arts he might
fight racism. This is because he thought the west could start to
understand the Eastern ways.

Personal Life of Bruce Lee

In 1963 Bruce Lee met Linda Caldwell. However inter-racial couples
were not popular in this time. Bruce and Linda married in 1964 and
on the first of February 1965 they had their first child and his name
was Brandon Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was very happy that he had a son.
He had his second child called Shannon lee born on the 19 April
1969. Bruce was a very proud father and started to teach Brandon
the martial arts philosophy when he was a toddler. Sadly Bruce lee
passed away when Brandon lee was only eight years old.

Bruce Lee as an Actor

At the age of 26 Bruce and his family moved to Los Angeles. This is
where he began working on a new TV series called The Green Hornet
as the character Kato. Bruce was paid $400 per episode. In 1966
The Green Hornet series was shown. This show was put on television
at the same time as Batman. This is why this series was taken of the
television because the audience like batman and robin better even
though the action was better in The Green Hornet.

Bruce returned to Hong Kong and made these films;

The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon.

Bruce Lee’s Death

In 1973 Bruce died from a brain disorder called cerebral edema. He
was in the middle of making a film called Game of Death. After being
given some medicine for his headache by his friend Betty Ting Pei he
went into a coma. He died at the age of 33 people still feel that there
was a curse placed on him and his family because later Brandon lee
also die at a young age. However many people feel that he died because
he was dedicated about his art and he spent a lot of time putting all he
his mind into it.

People Bruce has Inspired

Jet Li                     Tony Jaa                   Jackie Chan

Bruce Lee’s life has helped a lot of martial arts actors in today’s time.
His legacy has helped people like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Tony Jaa.
These people all use martial arts in their films and have been very
successful because the barriers of racism were broken down by Bruce
Lee. Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa do their own stunts because they are
serious about martial arts just like Bruce Lee.


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