Thursday, January 2, 2014

How Bruce Lee plays Ping Pong

What a coincidence, that’s how I play Ping Pong!
It’s just that no one has ever challenged me to a game.

"The possession of anything begins in the mind"

10 Bits of Bruce Lee trivia that I bet you didn’t know.

1- Bruce was born in San Francisco.
His family gave him a girl’s nickname, "Little Phoenix"
because evil spirits did not like girls.

He was asked in an interview,
“Do you think of yourself as an America or as a Chinese?”
Lee replied, “I think of myself as a human”

"To me, the function and duty
of a quality human being
is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.”

2-Bruce, at 18, won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship.

"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and
you're not in this world to live up to mine."


3 – In the 60’s Bruce was challenged to a fight.
He took 3 minutes to win the fight
but he wanted to win in less than a minute.
This inspired him to modify the traditional martial arts
to make them more deadly and powerful form.

“If you want to learn to swim jump into the water.
On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.”

4- He met his wife Linda at a high school
Kung Fu demonstration.
A few years later,
Linda went to college and became one of his Kung Fu students.

"Simplicity is the key to brilliance"


5- He was cast as Kato in The Green hornet. 
He moved too fast for the camera,
so he would deliberately slow down while filming.
Also, the studio started filming him at 32 fps,
and then they would run the film slower to highlight his moves.

“Obey the principles without being bound by them.”


6- In 1971 Lee pitched a television series to
Warner Brothers.
Kung Fu was a hit and Bruce was never even considered to play the lead.
He went back to China to make movies there.

"If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you.”


7- Bruce met Chuck Norris at a martial arts demonstration
Long Beach, California.
They became close friends.
Lee convinced Norris to play a part in
Way of the Dragon
and that film launching Chuck Norris’ career.

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be."

8 –The only man
Bruce had doubts about
defeating in a fight was
Muhammad Ali.

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.

9 - Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong, at 32,
from cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain.
It is still unknown what caused the swelling.
He was in the middle of filming Game of Death when he died.
The director shot footage from Bruce's actual funeral,
including close-ups shots of the open casket. 
Then the writers worked his death into the move.

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

10- At 28 years old, Bruce’s son, Brandon Lee,
died of an accidental gunshot wound
on the set of The Crow. 
Bruce and Brandon are buried next to each other

in a Seattle cemetery.

"It's not what you give, it's the way you give it."

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