a note from Shannon Lee
It is hard to believe that it has been 40 years since my father's passing. To honor his legacy, we have prepared an intimate tribute to commemorate his life and to celebrate his legacy, which to this day continues to inspire us all.
We worked closely with Mozez, formerly of Zero 7, who wrote the tribute song, 'Be Like Water' which accompanies the tribute.
I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you all for your amazing support.
Shannon Lee (BruceLee.com)
July 19, 2013
|Imagine there are some people who live a very long life and do very little with it. In the 32 years that made up Bruce Lee"s life he managed to introduce most of the world to the martial arts and his philosophy on life. Any martial artist who is a who"s who is still compared to him. He transcended all barriers, race, and religion. He was the full package from actor, producer, fight choreographer, teacher, martial artist, husband and his most important job was being a father. Love him or hate him, you have to agree-- he changed the world.|
When I think of Bruce Lee today, I think mostly of his wife and children. I think of his family --and my heart goes out to them to the same degree that I respect them for carrying on all of these years with such admirable (if not inspirational) dignity and grace. My own father, gone now too, was just a simple man that few people will remember, but his presence is everywhere in my life.
Bruce Lee wasn"t, I think, a very simple man, albeit he was a very young one, and his presence in the lives of so many people, still, must be an extraordinary and comforting force in the lives of those he loved. While Bruce Lee gets the credit his work and example warrants, I find equal inspiration in the lives of his daughter Shannon, and her mother Linda Lee Cadwell, who have successfully become icons, to me and many others, of clarity, sanity, and dignified composure in an imperfect world.
|As I wrote in a recent newspiece in "MA Success" magazine, "We martial artists owe a great debt of gratitude to Bruce Lee for elevating our industry from mediocrity to mass-market acceptance, back at a time when we really needed that catalyst. I, too, am personally indebted to Bruce - big time. The boom in martial arts popularity he produced also created openings at Black Belt magazine, where, in 1973, I got my first writing job that launched my literary career. Now, 40 years and millions of words later, I"m still living out my dream of writing about the martial arts. Many thanks, Bruce, from all of us!"|
Every so often we are blessed to be touched by angels, game changers so connected to source that they are able to step outside fo the bounds of convention and truly shine. And it is through there shining that we are given permission to love more, give more, and be more. Bruce Lee was one such angel and I know for a fact that my light burns brighter because he walked among us.
Sir you are missed and we are blessed.
|Wow! it is so amazing that so many years after his passing he is still #1 in our industry. How many of the greatest Masters tell the same story "I started my Journey after seeing him on screen and in ACTION". Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once called him a "Renegade Taoist Priest" as his philosophy and wisdom were far beyond his time. As a teacher of a mixed or blended martial arts training center, I remind my students often that Jeet Kune Do for me will always be about martial arts freedom. Walk On Bruce ...Walk On...|
It is hard to find the exact words to say to someone who I never had the chance to meet, but who helped shaped the martial arts world as we know it today. Moreover, to someone who influenced me from such a young age, that made me want to start martial arts. Your wisdom lives on through all the people whose lives you crossed, and that"s why you will never be forgotten.
Respect and Honor,
There are few people on my radar (whether I know them personally or not) in this world that exude "Integrity." The older I get, the more I appreciate these people and what they stand for and believe in. Every time I listen to an interview by Bruce Lee or read a quote or watch him move, I am in awe and humbled. His physical ability was truly amazing, but his mind and his spirit were the driving force of this incredible man. Just like the pebble in the water - the ripple effect of Bruce Lee"s legacy continues to reach out and reward people"s lives with newfound respect for themselves and for the art. I am fortunate to be around some martial artists who were directly influenced by this great man and his spirit truly lives on. Growing up I always disliked my middle name. Now I couldn"t be more proud to have the name "Lee" as part of my identity and let it remind me everyday of how truly important integrity is and what"s important at the end of the day. Much love and respect to Bruce"s family.
Nancy De Long
Bruce lee, to me is one of the greatest martial artist to walk
the face of this earth. He is the person that has inspired me to study
martial arts. I have watched all of his movies, newscasts, and read all
his books, which lead me to a desire to be a great martial artist. Bruce
Lee"s has and forever will be my hero. I began training on my own in the
year 2000. I have never had a martial arts instructor and I still have no
martial arts instructor. Every day I went jogging remembering to give it
my all, hundreds to thousands of kicks and punches a day, and
determination and will. All i had and have were books and videos from the
Great Bruce Lee. I have read all of Bruce Lee"s books, The Tao of Jeet
Kun Do, Advanced Fighting techniques and more.
I sparred with my marine brothers once who stated that "my martial arts is very impressive, which surprised me, because I had never sparred with anyone or had to defend myself from anyone. I try so hard to be good at martial arts, and having no instructor and no sparring partners made it difficult to know if I was moving in the right direction, but the day I spared with my little brother made me feel like I was becoming a great martial artist. It makes me happy to see that Bruce Lee is still remembered. It pains me that he is no longer with us and at the time I realized he passed away, I tried even harder to become great at martial arts. I always dreamed of one day meeting him and possibly sparring with him, and learning more about the ways of Jeet Kun Do.
My parents did not have alot of money and I was just a teenager, but I wanted to meet him so bad I could cry. I didn"t have the money to go to California to see Bruce, and I always thought "why would he want to meet someone he has never known before, even if he is his biggest fan. I know this will never happen now because he has passed on. All I can rely on now is his words, his books, and his videos that were left to this world. It saddens me so knowing I will never have the chance to talk, see or even look at a new picture or video of Bruce Lee.
I would give anything in the world just to meet him or see him again one more time. This tribute to Bruce Lee and my writings made me cry, because I know that I can never get to meet the greatest martial artist in the world, see him, or even write him. I would like to thank the person that put together this tribute for Bruce Lee. If I could tell Bruce Lee one thing it would be " you have inspired me to be so much more" because of you I have left a life of being a burden to society, and it all began with your videos, and books. 3 Months ago I lost my way, but after seeing this tribute I will push to be a great martial artist, no matter the cost. i will let nothing interfere with the path I have chosen. Bruce Lee I love you, wish you were here, and when someone asks me "who trained you" I will say, Bruce Lee trained me in spirit, but I have no physical teacher. His books, his videos, and his words will forever be implanted in my mind, I will use all of the knowledge he has bestowed upon the world to better myself. I wish you were still here, I wish so much.
Awesome tribute to an awesome human being. Not only was Bruce
way ahead of his time, he has transcended his persona and contributions of
Martial Arts and philosophical views to future generations.His perception
of no limits or restrictions of styles and their applications has forever
changed the world of Martial Arts.
My martial arts dojo is named Eagle & Dragon Martial Arts
Academy in mainly because of growing up studying martial arts during the
times of Ali and Bruce Lee.
Rocky D. Fountain
I remember vividly leaving the theater in Puerto Rico where I saw Enter the Dragon and also the energy that I felt after watching the movie. At the time I didn"t really comprehend the effect he would later have not only in my life but in so many others as well. For years I marveled at the skills that he possessed. He seemed to be invincible. As I"ve matured and shared different experiences in my life, however, I have come to realize that it is his philosophies that have had the most impact in my life and career. They transcend Martial Arts and although his physical presence is no longer with us, it is clear that his spirit lives on. Thank you for giving me a path to follow.
I never had the privilege of meeting you. I was 2 years old when
you passed away. By watching your movies and reading all the articles ever
written about you, I feel that we have met. You have been an inspiration
to me ever since started in the Martial Arts. If only you were alive today
I truly believe that you would be proud of what you started. You will
always be an inspiration to me.
|I remember watching my first Bruce Lee movie when I was in the Army stationed in Germany. After the movie was over and I exited the theater you could see people kicking and punching at each other. What an impact he made on me and so many others that evening. Today I am blessed to be teaching and running my martial art school because of his influence. He inspires me to stay fit and seek excellence in my life. Thank you Bruce Lee! Cliff Lenderman|
To me Bruce lee is a person that demonstrated dreams are possible. Always thinking of better possibilities to improve the martial artist way and it seemed sometimes that most his concepts are really about life and not always about fighting.
He was a good man above all his amazing skills and will always be in our heart.
Thank you Mr Lee
|Where to start? Bruce Lee has been my idol since I was a 7 year old boy. Today I still continue to study and teach my own art of Tai Shu Do which his teachings helped me to develop and follow my own path. I remember being a member of A.B.L.E. Associates of Bruce Lee Eve and going to the Roxy theater to view Robert Blakeman"s largest collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia and watch Bruce Lee movie all night. He was truly a man of was way before his time.|
|A legend before his time in both mind and body of the martial arts. His voice and concepts continues to resign-ate in almost every Martial school world wide. His legend continues with a thank you and much respect.|
BruceLee is the first person who had introduce Martial Arts
World Wide by his movies,the Great Respected Legend of all over the WORLD
Soke Jagdish Singh Khatri
You will always be my hero Bruce. Your an inspiration today and always.
Today I am paying homage and respect to one of the greatest
pioneers the earth has seen. It has been 40 years today since his passing,
but he is still making an impact on peoples lives today. Today I honor
master Bruce Lee and continue to celebrate his life.
As a martial artist who was deeply involved with my practice of
traditional martial arts when Bruce Lee"s character Kato dominated the
Green Hornet screen, I have to say I was instantly impressed with his
obvious (and realistic) skills. There was no need for fakery. Bruce Lee
was the real deal and showed me that hard work and dedication could
overcome even the most potent and powerful of obstacles, such as racism. I
don"t know where martial arts would be today, had Bruce Lee not dedicated
himself to promoting and expanding the influence and concepts encased in
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do. I never had a chance to meet him or thank
him...so thank YOU for giving me this opportunity to show my gratitude.
He always made the biggest impression with me - I loved his
A humble expression of life force that lives forever without
form and based in logic and inspiration. You where a leader ahead of your
time and but never forgotten and always respected, Be water my friend be
Yes,as many of us a young boy growing up in the 70"s the world
was changing fast. I came from a broken home and an abusive father. I not
only "got it" at home, but seemed to attact the bullies. So I took up
martial arts at a young age. Now at the age of 55, I still enjoy praticing
the art. However, my reasons have greatly changed. I want to thank you and
if Mr. Lee was still around it would have been an honor to meet him and to
tell him how he has changed my life. I still teach young kids today.
Paul Galloway Sr.
I train and I own a martial arts school in Colombia.
40 years without stoping. thank to the leyend Bruce Lee my inspiration.
Let me say, i am much the dot com generation that followed my
father who used to follow The Legend. But watching those 70"s movies with
him kind of instilled me that admiration of the man. His charisma, iron
will, flair , style , confidence....., i could go on. He had should say a
unique swagger to him that drew me to martial arts in the first place.
Bruce Lee is remembered for many things by many people, and
rightly so. Personally, I believe that his greatest contribution was
opening Chinese martial arts to the rest of the world. Until Bruce Lee,
the world, in general, was oblivious to the Chinese arts and theories.
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Shannon Lee speaks about her Dads legacy and his message of Walk on
Part 1/6 - Dan Inosanto and Diana Lee Inosanto Interview
One of the questions that always gets asked is how Diana got her name Diana Lee Inosanto. Guru Dan Inosanto explains that Diana got her name Diana Lee from his closet friend at the time, and instructor, Bruce Lee. Guru Dan stated, I was in awe of him (Bruce Lee) and named Diana after him because he was my favorite person at that time and thought it would be pretty cool to be named after Bruce Lee! When asked about Bruces reaction, he said that Bruce was pretty thrilled and said it was quite an honor. Bruce was Guru Dans favorite person and closest friend at that time in his life.
Back in 1964 when Bruce Lee was in Los Angeles for about a month and half for demonstrations, he didnt have his partner Taky Kimura with him and asked if Guru Dan would be his fall guy for his Kung Fu demonstrations. Guru Dan explains he fell in love with Bruce Lees teachings and was amazed at how progressive he was.
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Bruce Lee Returned with family to Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Bruce Lee appears in his first film at the age of 3 months
Bruce Lee enters La Salle College, a catholic boys school in Hong Kong
Bruce Lee begins to study Wing Chun gung fu under Yip Man
Bruce Lee wins Hong Kongs Crown Colony Cha-Cha Championship
Bruce Lee enters St. Francis Xavier High School
Bruce Lee departs Hong Kong for the United States
Bruce Lee arrives in San Francisco
Bruce Lee arrives in Seattle and enters Edison Technical School
Bruce Lee graduates from Edison Technical School
Married Linda C. Emery in Seattle. Lived with James Yim
Gave first major demonstration at Ed Parker's Long Beac
bruce Lee was buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle.
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The Bruce Lee Story debuts in theaters and earns $63.5 million worldwide.
A statue of Bruce Lee, created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Fijolić
Nov. 26, 2005 A statue of Bruce Lee, created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Fijolić, is unveiled in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Located in the City Park of "Zrinjski," the life-sized statue stands 5.5 feet (1.68 meters) tall and is supposed to represent a symbol of solidarity in the ethnically-divided city that has a violent reputation. The statue is the worlds first public monument honoring the late martial arts superstar, with a different statue of him in Hong Kong unveiled one day later.
Days after the statue was placed on permanent display, it was vandalized by a group of rowdy teenagers who defaced the statue and stole the nunchaku, leaving the site littered with wine bottles. Bosniaks and Croats had complained that the statue was a provocation because it faced north toward their area posed in a fighting stance. The sculpture was moved to a more secure location for repairs and never returned to its foundation. It surfaced once again in Zagreb as part of an arts festival. A rumor circulated that it would remain in Zagreb for more necessary repairs. But years later, the Bruce Lee sculpture still hasn't been returned to Mostar. The only thing remaining in the park is the pedestal. The monument to the martial arts legend is now referred to as The Lost Bruce Lee Sculpture of Mostar.
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