On July 8 and 9, Ace Hero Films will host A Global Martial Arts Exhibition at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena featuring the latest martial arts merchandise, sporting and gym gear, as well as seminars and demonstrations on Bruce Lee’s martial arts system Jeet Kune Do.
With that in mind, it’s time for our own homage to the man. Read our kick-ass guide to Hong Kong’s most famous cultural icon:
1. He was born Lee Jun-fan on November 27, 1940, the Chinese year of the Dragon. Hence the title of his classic films Enter the Dragon and Return of the Dragon.
2. At the University of Washington, he majored in philosophy was a talented sketch artist. His first book, Chinese Gung-Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defense—is a hybrid of martial arts instruction and philosophy.
3. Though born in the US, he returned to Hong Kong and as a teenager studied under kung-fu grandmaster Yip Man.
4. He was nearsighted. One of the reasons that he began his martial arts training in the art of Wing Chun was because of its close-in fighting techniques so he could see his opponent better.
5. His left leg was an inch shorter than his right.
6. A fitness fanatic, he routinely performed one-handed push-ups using only his thumb and index finger, and 50 one-armed chin-ups at a time. His trademark dragon flag exercise helped sculpt his legendary rock-hard abs.
7. He was the first proponent of protein shakes.
8. In a 1967 demonstration, he threw eight punches at 10th-degree black belt Vic Moore, who failed to block them all eight times—even though he knew they were coming.
9. Fast as lightning, his onscreen fight scenes were played at a slower speed so they weren't blurred on camera.
10. Uma Thurman’s outfit in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 1 was modelled on the yellow jumpsuit with black stripes that Lee wore in his final film Game of Death.
11. His martial arts students included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Steve and James Coburn. The 2.18 metre tall Abdul-Jabbar was cast in a fight scene with Lee in the movie Game of Death.
12. Lee’s son Brandon said Bruce was criticized teaching martial arts to Caucasians as it was considered an Asian secret weapon.
13. McQueen, James Coburn, chuck Norris and James Bond actor George Lazenby were pallbearers at Lee’s funeral.
14. A series of “Brucesploitation” movies were released after his death starring similarly-named actors such as Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Lai and even Brute Lee.
Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca
For ticket information see: aceherofilms.com