Unless you were born yesterday or have been living under a rock, you will likely know of Bruce Lee and his extraordinary exploits. He was a master Kung Fu practitioner and is still widely regarded as the best martial artist of all time. Sadly, he only lived to be 32, after dying from an allergic reaction to the painkiller “Equagesic” in 1973. However, during his short time on Earth, he created an immortal legend.
Check out these Bruce Lee facts:
1. Bruce Lee had the ability to replace a dime on someone’s palm with a penny before they could close it.
2. The picture below shows Bruce Lee performing the “Dragon Flag“. A position he could reportedly hold for more than 30 minutes.
3. Film directors had to shoot Bruce Lee’s fight scenes at 32 frames per second instead of the usual 24 because he was so fast and to make them seem more realistic!
4. It was determined that Bruce Lee’s speed to react and punch from a distance of three feet away was five hundredths of a second.
5. Bruce Lee once kicked a man so hard he broke the arm of the person behind him as he fell into him.
During an interview with Bob Wall (a close friend and colleague of Bruce Lee’s), he admitted that during a fight scene he got kicked so hard by Bruce, that he fell into a man standing behind him and broke his arm. Bob said he didn’t mind being hit so hard and which was perhaps the main reason he starred in three of Bruce Lee’s films.(source)
6. Bruce Lee had the ability to perform push ups using only his thumb and index finger – on one hand!
7. Although Bruce Lee only weighed between 130 to 165 lbs (the latter when he started weight training), he could perform 50 one-arm chin ups, and could perform push ups with up to 125 lbs on his back.
8. Bruce Lee damaged is sacral nerve in 1970, and doctors said he’d never be able to do Kung Fu again. They were wrong.
While performing a “good morning” weight training exercise with a 125lb barbell, Bruce Lee suffered serious damage to his fourth sacral nerve. Doctors ordered bed rest and said it was likely he would never be able to perform Kung Fu again. Through determination, Bruce Lee recovered fully and starred in four and a half films between 1971 and 1973. (source)
9. In a fight that lasted 11 seconds in 1962, Bruce Lee landed 15 punches and a kick that knocked out his opponent.
In 1962, Lee was challenged by a man who had been holding a grudge against Lee while the two were practicing at a YMCA in Seattle. The man was described by Jesse Glover as a karate man who also had a blackbelt in judo, though Glover, who was a brown belt in judo at the time, claimed to be better than the man in judo.
After weeks or months of provocation by the man, Lee agreed to fight the man for three two-minute rounds, with the winner being the one who knocked the opponent down or out in two out of three rounds. The match took place at YMCA’s handball court, with Glover as the referee and Ed Hart as the time keeper.
Lee wore street clothes and used a Wing Chun stance while his opponent wore a gi and used a karate stance.
According to Glover, Lee used his right forearm to deflect an initial kick from the man and simultaneously landed a left punch to the face. Lee deflected more punches using the forearm, controlling the center line and landed more punches to the man’s face until he was against the wall. The man attempted to grab Lee’s arms, which Lee responded by a double fist punch to the face and chest, followed by a kick to the nose, which produced a nosebleed and a knockout, at which time Glover stopped the fight. Taki Kamura said the fight lasted 10 seconds.
Ed Hart stated “the fight lasted exactly 11 seconds – I know because I was the time keeper – and Bruce had hit the guy something like 15 times and kicked him once. I thought he’d killed him”(source)
10. There is a boy in Afghanistan by the name of Bruce Hazara (originally Abas Alizada) who looks like Bruce Lee and vows to follow the same path as him.
A resident of Kabul city in Afghanistan, Bruce Hazara (formerly Abas Alizada) is a Bruce Lee lookalike who practices Wushu, otherwise known as the “Chinese Kung Fu”, and has even won first position in a Kabul championship. He has vowed to follow the same path as Bruce Lee and hopes to star in his own movies.(source)