Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
Here are 14 fun facts about Bruce Lee:
- Bruce Lee once kicked a man so hard that it broke a bystander’s arm when the man he had kicked fell into him.
- Due to Bruce Lee’s bad eye sight, he was one of the very first people to try contact lenses. Contact lenses were very uncomfortable back in those days!
- Bruce Lee’s kicks were extremely fast which we all know. But what you may not have known is that in one of the scenes in Enter the Dragon they had to re-film the scene in slow motion so that viewers wouldn’t think it was fake!
- Bruce Lee was a huge Muhammad Ali fan. He used to watch his fights on film obsessively.
- Bruce Lee was the voice behind most of the English voices in his films.
- Bruce Lee’s secret hobby was writing poetry. He was actually pretty good at it.
- Bruce Lee was a champion Cha Cha Dancer in Hong Kong! He won a Cha Cha dancing competition when he was in high school. A man of many talents!
- Bruce Lee practiced 5000 punches each day. This explains the power he had!
- Bruce Lee had the sweat glands in his armpits surgically removed.
- Bruce was born on the Chinese Year of the Dragon, on the Day of the Dragon, and on the hour of the Dragon.
- Known for legendary workouts, Lee could do up to 200 pushups – on only one finger or 100 on one thumb!
- He personally trained Kareem Abdul Jabbar in kung fu, and the two often sparred together.
- Despite playing enemies in Way of the Dragon, Chuck Norris was good friends with Lee, and was a pallbearer at his funeral.
- Lee mastered Kung Fu so quickly that he developed his own martial art called Jeet Kune Do