Bruce Jun Fan Lee (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese American martial artist and martial arts actor widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee's films, especially his performance in the Hollywood-produced Enter the Dragon, elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level. His pioneering efforts paved the way for future martial artists and martial arts actors such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Chuck Norris.

Lee's movies sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in Hong Kong, China, and the rest of the world. Lee became an iconic figure particularly to Chinese; as he portrayed Chinese national pride and Chinese nationalism in his movies.1

Many see Lee as a model blueprint for acquiring a strong and efficient body as well as developing a mastery of martial arts and hand to hand combat skills. Lee began the process of creating his own fighting system known as Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee's evaluation of traditional martial arts doctrines is nowadays seen as the first step into the modern style of mixed martial arts.

RIP Bruce Lee 1940-1973
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Superiour master of Kung Fu and other Wu Shu, the only "Hollywoodized" martial artist who ever came close to Bruce Lee's mastery of Kung Fu is Yang Sze (more commonly known as Bolo Yeung, he starred in a number of Bruce's movies, as well as the slew of Van Damme's kickboxing flix -- almost invariably as the bad guy.) Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and especially Brandon Lee, etc., did not come close.

Contrary to the haters' belief, Bruce Lee has had a number of high-publicity fights, including one with Bolo(although not taped.)

Bruce Lee's fighting style, and indeed his whole life, has lots of controversy around it. All that controversy aside, the success Bruce Lee attained cannot be forgotten.
Bruce Lee.
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The World's Greatest. Period.
Brucee Lee's without a doubt, The World's Greatest.
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To attack someone with great martial art skill. (A sideways tribute to Jeet Kune Do founder Bruce Lee).
Keep it up, and I'll go Bruce Lee on your ass!
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Bruce Lee was the greatest martial artist/philosopher that ever was and ever will be, no one will ever compare to him. The world is a sadder place without Bruce Lee and his kick-ass martial arts moves and his philosophy's.
We should all listen to what Bruce Lee had to say, he was a great man and a Greater teacher....
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Greatest martial artist of all time.
Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or crash. Be water my friend
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founder of jeet kune do
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Philopher and martial artist. Founder of JKD. The first asian man to make it big in hollywood, despite his fame coming after his death. Contrary to the belief of a few idiots, he was actually a real-life fighter. However, his actual fighting style was more upright than the movie style he performed. He also took quite a few hits and wouldn't take on hundreds of people at once.
Bruce lee ruled.
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