Bruce Lee (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

Born in San Francisco, Bruce Lee grew up studying easy methods to live to tell the tale at the rough-and-tumble streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong, the place he turned a mischievous punk and member of a road gang. This biography finds why Bruce Lee is still an influential pop-culture icon, remembered because the maximum martial-arts fighter the realm has ever identified.

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With a strong sense of where he was heading, he soon signed up for theater speech and speech improvement. Over his college years, he took courses in drawing, composition, social dancing, Chinese philosophy and language, psychology, personal health, leadership, and the Far East in the modern world. He supplemented his classroom reading with self-help books on positive thinking, making luck, and developing potential. While at college, Lee still kept up his kung fu training sessions. By this time, he had attracted quite a following.

The vapor is almost invisible, but if channeled it creates great force. In Chinese pictographic symbols, ch’i is steam lifting the heavy lid off an iron pot of hot rice. Another example is the way a bicycle works. Both pedals cannot be pushed at the same time. One must be pushed while the other is released. Therefore, the movement of pedaling requires both pressure (yang) and relaxation (yin). The two movements together result in a third force— forward motion. indd 36 8/28/07 10:43:10 AM Fighting Crazy 37 movements on the wooden dummy.

He wondered. What did it have to do with what was happening around him? After about four years of kung fu training, Bruce finally began to feel the principle of gentleness in the art, the quiet way of neutralizing an opponent’s moves while using as little energy as possible. ” Every day after school, Bruce hurried straight to Yip Man’s class, only stopping from time to time to practice his kicks on a tree. Even later at home during dinner, he would punch the chair next to him—always trying to improve his moves.

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