Martial Arts Star – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee contributed in a way like no other to Hollywood, the development and popularization of Marital Arts, and was also a writer, director, teacher, and philosopher. Born in 1940, Lee was born in San Francisco but Bruce Lee trivia will show that he was raised in Hong Kong, only returning to America after becoming a teenager. During his younger years he trained extensively in the art of Wing Chun with famous instructor Yip Man.
Although his film career is what Lee is certainly most famous for, it was his training in martial arts which would make his appearances in films like “Fist of Fury” and “The Big Boss” so legendary. He trained in Wing Chun for many years, but one fight later in life would lead him to believe that the art was not as functional as he had been lead to believe. This would lead to what a Bruce Lee quiz would mention as a turning point in Lee’s life, as he would begin to accumulate knowledge from all martial arts that he could in order to create his own school of combat, a series of techniques and a way of fighting and training that he would eventually call Jeet Kun Do.
One of Bruce Lee’s major contributions to the martial arts was in how he trained, and Bruce Lee trivia will show that before his time many martial artists did not put much emphasis on training for strength or endurance using techniques such as weight training, skipping rope, and stretching beyond the practice of their own techniques, and Lee would bring this new method of training to the martial arts at large. He wrote several books, not only on the martial arts, but also some on training which included descriptions of his weight lifting routines and practices, as well as his thoughts on nutrition.
Lee’s final film would also be his most well known, and it was while filming “Enter the Dragon” that he would pass away. He died from what is assumed by most to have been a bad reaction to a painkiller which he had been given for a headache he had been suffering from.
A Bruce Lee quiz will likely mention his family. His wife was Linda Lee, with whom he had two children, Brandon, and Shannon. Brandon followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming an actor, and would also die young, following an accident on the set of his movie “The Crow”.