Once again, as November 20th nears I would like to mark the 71st celebration of Lee Jun Fan’s life with an entire month dedicated to Bruce Lee’s life, impact on culture, his teachings and of course his movies.
Bruce gave birth to an entire genre culture when his first film The Big Boss/Fists of Fury took America by storm and spawned an entire decade of Kung Fu Cinema, costumes, ninjas and a generation of actors such as Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jet Li and his own son the late Brandon Lee. Without Bruce we probably would not have 3 or 4 martial arts studios in every town, Chuck Norris would not be cool, Daniel Larusso would not have inspired every kid to stand up for himself with a crane kick and Sho Kosugi would not have spawned the ninja age. It all started with Bruce.
Bruce Lee was not just movies, his teachings in Jeet Kune Do, philosophy and life still remain relevant today. The title banner of this site is highlighted with a Chinese Character that resembles a double-sided K, in fact that is the character for “water.” When I created this site I added it along with the “wisdom of the Dragon” section. The character for water is a reference to what I consider Bruce’s most inspirational quote: “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” I will talk more about this in November you can count on that.
Look for All-Bruce in November!